So for my
guinea pig muslin fabric I choose a brown seersucker that has recently arrived. Technology has gotten really good. Fabric color on the net seems to nearly always match the color of the fabric which arrives at my home. The most notable differences are when I see on-line what I want to see rather than what is really there. This fabric is that type situation. I wanted a brown seersucker for summer pants and I planned to use PP113. This fabric has a much darker tone than I remember/envisioned. I know cause I looked it up on-line just to check. But it’s tone now is a PLUS because I easily look at the stash and think “this one”. Seersucker will provide a little stretch. It’s the nature of the fabric. I rarely adapt my pattern for that stretch and seldom fit-it-out either.
I serged side and inseams as well as the crotch. Turned up the hems and top stitched them too. Either this pant is going to be wearable or I’m going to be happy to discard it. I did allow for the possible need to adjust the crotch depth when I turned the waist band/facing down and stitched it with water-soluble thread (for easy removal). I threaded elastic through basted waistband but pinned it together. I have several different elastics in my stash. Each has their own best length.
The front is pretty good. Not surprising, I need to pull the waistband up at the sides. But there is no suggestion of camel toe, underwear or any of the other gotcha’s I look for.
The side view reinforced the need to lift the front at the waist. But this really isn’t a bad side view. A little tweaking. Isn’t that what we expect to do at fitting?
So the back is very interesting to me. It’s not the ugly X wrinkles of the Ascona; and those aren’t exactly X wrinkles. It’s more like the back is buckling between butt and knee. Like it really is too long as previously suggested by my readers. Interestingly, I see a slight bit of that in my TJ906 jeans. So far I’ve assumed the culprit to be a need to increase the curve right under the rear. Now I’m thinking it would be a good idea to just make that area shorter.
An interesting note I want to make, is that I have not needed to make the next alterations on PP113 until I straightened the curve of the back inseam. Did altering the inseam curve cause or reveal these issues?
First thing I did was lift the side to get rid of the front and side wrinkles under the WB. I wanted to raise it a full inch but the fabric would not turn smoothly. That’s because of the uneven amount that’s being turned i.e. 1.25″ CF and CB 2.25″ side seams. Some changes have to be done at the tissue phase and this appears to be one. I ended up folding the waist down 2″ at the side seams (instead of the planned 1.25″ for the facing) and smoothing it out best as possible along the fold.
While there is still more room for improvement and the back isn’t sitting smoothly (fire my stylist), I was satisfied with most of the wrinkles being removed and finished the waistband.
Then I started trying to slim the leg. I was not surprised that the finished circumference is 22″. I used 1/4″ side seams instead of my usual 5/8″ side seams which allow for tweak according to the fabric. By using the 1/4″ SS, I’ve added 1.5″ to the hem circumference. Wanting to see if I could trim the leg and some of the visible ease, I basted using water-soluble thread at 5/8″. Took pictures, ripped , basted at 3/8″. Took a second set of pictures. Absolutely not possible to increase the back side-seam allowance even to 3/8″. Any change and my flanks show (as well as VPL and some girlie parts).
However the fronts fared much better and I could take a little out. Seems to me this is what I did with the Ascona as well. Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t trace one size smaller front and one size larger back. ie. pattern says I’m L trace S front and XL back. Too late now, but for the next iteration, I will make a 1/8″ vertical fold and remove that much ease from the front and slash and spread the back to add 1/4″ ease. It’s a net zero change but puts ease where I need it and takes it away where I don’t.
With my attempt at slimming from waist to hem at the side seams failed, I started trying to slim the just the lower leg and hem. I stitch at the side seam starting under the hip (30″) all the way to the hem increasing the SA from 1/4″ to 5/8″ right at the knee. I ripped that out made my adjustment from 24″ to the hem. Then finally at 22 to the hem. Oddly to me, any adjustment to the side seams causes the X wrinkles to reappear. (No photo posted. Trust me, it was bad.) I say “oddly to me” because I see and feel ease from waist to hem. Why can’t it be removed? Even 1/8″? I can pinch 2″ at the hip but can’t remove a smidge?
To decrease the hem circumference, I could have taken one step further and made darts in the leg beneath the knee. I didn’t because I’d already fused the hem in place and then top stitched it. Besides I envision my seersucker pants as being loose; allowing for greater air circulation. I know I’ve said this before, I burn easily. If I want to be out in the sun, I need to cover up. But I don’t want to suffer heat stroke. Loose, light weight garments are the answer for me.
After three days of working on these pants, I had marked, stitched and ripped with such abandon that the pants were wrinkled and slightly soiled. I washed the pants and hung them in my closet. I’m not sure I’m going to wear them. They might become pj’s this winter. Their dark tone has me wondering what coordinates other than white which I can’t keep clean more than 15 minutes. Funny, I prefer my black, a solid brown and navy blue pants -all colors on the dark side- to these striped. I do like stripes. I do try to choose muted stripes for my bottoms. I don’t understand why I dislike this fabric so much. But there it is.
I found one possible top to wear:
A RTW which hasn’t benefited from any of my fitting. But, maybe together these pants aren’t so bad?
SUMMARY CHANGES TO THE STRAIGHT INSEAM PP113
- Straighten back inseam
- Add 1.25″ to top for WB facing
- 1″ elastic
- 1/8″ edge stitching at top
- Add 1/4″ ease to back leg
- both SS now 5/8″
- Remove 1/4″ from front leg
- Fisheye dart across side seam
- brings side seam up removing U’s
- also helps with the front WB wanting to sit above natural waist
- CF 0
- SS 1″
- CB 0