April 28, 2013

Pant's Muslin #2, and I Won Something...

...it took me an entire week to get back to my pant's fitting task because the week was so very busy.   By the time I got home each evening I was so pooped that I thought it best not to sew - so didn't.  In the meantime I watched two pants fitting videos - the one that was very helpful was from the Thread's Fitting DVD series, for waist and hips) and another one (which I won't even name) wasn't so helpful.

Taking the information I gathered from the Thread's DVD,  I took the changes made to muslin #1 (from last week), transferred them to my pattern, and made up muslin #2.  I was willing to sacrifice time for this extra work because I truly believed that it would yield great results.  Here's Muslin #2, and  I'm satisfied with the results.

MUSLIN #2


The muslin is comfortable sitting and standing (in fact, I'm wearing it right now).   I only had to try it on three times opposed to the usual 10 to 12 times (no kidding).  Could the muslin be better fit?  I believe that it could be tweaked further if I had the use of extra hands and another set of eyes.  But for my solitary efforts of fitting myself by myself, I think I did a good job.  I feel that I've learned a lot about pants fitting this go around, and am certain that if someone else needed help fitting pants I could be a valuable help.

There are five pair of pants in my summer wardrobe plans.  Hope I have zippers stashed in all the right colors.  Speaking of zippers - I usually pull out a special set of instructions I have for front fly zippers.  Recently I couldn't find my laminated copy and had to wing the zipper insertion.  I found that I've been using the instructions as a crutch.  Oh well, my skills are progressing...

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I won something really nice recently!  I love winning!  Who doesn't, right???
I won Kelly's give-a-way - Mimi G's Mermaid Fishtail Maxi Skirt Tutorial!
Thanks Kelly and Thanks Mimi G!

45 comments:

  1. It's never a good idea to sew when tired, don't ask how I know. Your pants look great, it's worth putting the work in, my co-workers laughed when I told them I watched a tutorial on pants making, that's ok I study my craft, all of them because I truly believe if it's worth doing it's worth doing right. Congrats on your win.

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    1. Yes you are so right. The Bible says study to show yourself approved. I was at an appointment this afternoon sitting on the examining table and the doctor took my fitting book out of my hand and laid it on a chair. I was expecting him to take a long time to come in and I didn't want to be bored. Might as well multitask - right?

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  2. Firstly congratulations! You are so lucky.
    I wish I could be so patient as to make muslins! I made just one for a coat, and I know they are so very useful, but I´m too impatient! I wish we can see the real thing soon!

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    1. Yes Merche I know how you feel. I know muslins are time consuming. I just take a deep breath and jump in. I just can't stand thinking I could have saved a beloved fashion fabric by making a muslin. I think the next best thing would be to have a body double dress form - far too costly for me, besides my body is always changing. Maybe I should ask for donations to get me one of those expensive ones! ha ha

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  3. Congrats on the win! Your pants look really good from the front.

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    1. Thanks Lynne. Muslining is dirty work, but somebody's got to do it.

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  4. Congrats on your second muslin! It is fun to win something

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    1. Thanks Linda. Tweaking patterns with muslins is so well worth it.

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  5. Congrats on winning! The 2nd muslin looks good.

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    1. Thank you Audrey. Believe me it helps to get second opinions from other sewers like yourself.

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  6. It's Looking Lile Yo Are Right On Track For Some Great Fitting Summe Pants! :) And Congrats!

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    1. Yep Far, I can't wait until they are all made. I'm working on a pair of cobalt blue ones now.

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  7. Yeah, that muslin looks pretty good.

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  8. Your muslin looks pretty good to me. I've never tried pants and want to try some this Winter - I think I better check out these DVDs.

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    1. Thanks much Shelly! The Threads DVD is a good one. It's slow and plain and simple. It doesn't contain any math - I'm math challenged.

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  9. The front crotch looks fabulous. All of your hard work is paying off! TFS

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    1. Thanks so much. The crouch is a scary area to me. I tread lightly there.

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  10. Good work! Pants fitting is the absolute pits of sewing. Hooray for winning something--that's always a good thing.

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    1. Gwen you know that you helped me get this far with pants fitting. I still wish I lived next door to you!

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  11. Your muslin looks terrific! and I admire you for having the patience. I think pants and trousers are the very hardest thing to fit properly :)

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. I agree that pants are hard - I'm surprised that I even make them as timid as I am about stepping out of my comfort zone. But it has been well worth the challenge.

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  12. oh the things we're capable of when we lose the directions LOL (mine was the new scanner at work - about 15 years ago !)

    Aha the 2nd muslin is lookin' good :-)

    and I'm sorry, but it's bigger than me, so I gotta say it...I just cracked up reading KMQ's comment...it's not just anywhere that you can comment on someone's front crotch as we do in our blogs LOL

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    1. Thanks Claire. Yes it is funny how we sewist talk so freely about crouch areas.

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  13. Congrats on your win. Those pants are looking great and the hard work you put in shows. Nice!

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    1. Thanks Brenda. It has been a lot of disappointment and work but I trudge along. Figure if I keep on keeping on something good is gonna come out of it.

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  14. It always feels good when we can remember how to do something, doesn't it? Your pants muslin is looking good; watch out summer pants, here comes Faye!

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  15. Yes Marjie, I plan on rocking these summer pants. When summer is over they will be good and glad. Eventually I will work on fitting other pant patterns - I feel I need just a little more knowledge.

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  16. Your muslin looks great.. congrats on winning. I do love to win, so fun!!!
    I need a pants fitting class. I thought about taking the crafts one.. but I need more hours in the day.ha
    Happy sewing.

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    1. I guess I'm giving myself a fitting class - at least that's what it feels like. There is always more to learn and more hours in the day would really help too.

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  17. Those pants look great. Very worthwhile to go through the muslins to get a TNT pant pattern that you can use over and over. Congratulations on the win too.

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  18. Hi Faye, yes, the pants do look good and you've got all those crotch wrinkles out (I agree with the comment about how we discuss crotches, lol's. I hate muslins too, but you are going to have some great fitting pants soon. If you are like me, you would not be able to find RTW pants that fit well either. Glad you won something.

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    1. You are so right Sarah, the RTW ones don't fit all that great either so working on these is invaluable.

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  19. Congrats on winning, and the pants look good. Making the perfect pair of pants is trial and error!

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    1. Yes it is- lots of trial and error.

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  20. The word WIN is always a draw for me! CONGRATS Faye. Always tough competition of entries on Mimi's give a ways. :-). Nice job on muslin, too. :-)

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  21. Your second muslin looks great! I'm starting to like the instructional dvds more too. Congrats on winning something :)

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  22. Your muslin looks good so far! One thing I've learned is that it can be too tempting to overfit our patterns, too. Remember that this should be an enjoyable process, dear Faye!
    Have a good rest of the week!

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  23. Great job Faye! You really made it work as Tim Gunn would say! Congratulations on your wins!

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  24. Pants are excellent - you have a lot of patience to get these to look so great! And congrat's on your win - its always a great feeling...J

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