2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

April 24, 2011

ONLY SIX DAYS LEFT...

...I managed to finish my first Bottoms Up Challenge project.  Ended up going back to my old, old vintage TNT pants pattern (Simplicity 8707 OOP) after all.  I keep trying other patterns, but this one just turns out really good for me.  The pattern is just a plain Jane trouser pattern (only 5 pattern pieces) with nice simple two piece pockets.  The pattern has two front tucks that I redesigned into one dart.  It also has back darts.  Why I continually add length to this pattern - I do not know - guess I have a nervous fear of high waters.  They turn out way too long and I end up having to cut off the added length anyway.


The fit:  The fit is as near perfect as I can get it.  I do have to tweak the side and back seams each time I use the pattern, but they still work out nicely.  Each time I make them I also add a "Safety Hatch" in the back seam.  To create the "Safety Hatch" I make the seam is a generous 1 1/2" wide, and although the pattern has a one piece straight waistband, I cut it in half so it also ends up with a 1 1/2" seam allowance. I call it a "Safety Hatch" because the 1 1/2" seams allow me to let the pants out IF there is a weight gain(hopefully not), or take them in IF there's additional weight loss (hopefully there will be) - you know how it goes.

The fabric:  A lousy light weight linen blend from Joann's.  I used it anyway although I'm not absolutely pleased with it.  I just cannot find a pant weight fabric that I really like - and I HATE Hancock's gabardine - so that's out.    I do have a different fabric in a very similar color, but it is light weigh too.


ANY SUGGESTIONS ON A GOOD SUMMER PANT WEIGHT FABRIC THAT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE CARDBOARD (STIFF) WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

Maybe I'll be able to get at least one more pair of pants completed before the end of the week.
Hope everyone had a Joyous Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!   

9 comments:

  1. It's really great to have a TNT pattern to fall back on. Great job! For pants, I recently bought some brussels washer (linen/rayon) for pants from fabric.com. So far, I'm happy with the fabric.

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  2. I really like matte jersey pull on pants for summertime. They have enough body without being stiff and they are easy care an do not wrinkle.

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  3. Looks great! How about working with some chambray or really light weight (textured) denim? You know the kind that's very soft and thin. No need to line. Machine washable and very chic!

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  4. I love that pattern too and these pants look great. Can't help you with any fabric suggestions because I really like that linen/rayon blend from JA's. Good luck on your search.

    P.S. THANKS for the RTW jacket sewalong. I saw your first post about it and joined immediately. Haven't done much since then except choose a pattern, fabric, and read every post. But soon I'll get productive. Thanks again!

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  5. You know how I feel...if you have a TNT pattern for a pair of pants why do you use any other? These look very pretty!

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  6. These looks RTW. If it ain't broke, why fix it? I've only sewn for a few years, but I already know that I' a TNT devotee. It takes too much time to muslin new patterns.

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  7. It's like me with my adding to the patterns! I did the same on my plaid skirt, which I finally hemmed on Friday afternoon. Glad you got one pair of pants finished!

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  8. Great looking pants!

    I'd go with a nice knit fabric for summer pants.

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