Winter is slowly taking over. Day by day. Temperature drop by temperature drop. I am testing out my winter wardrobe by wearing a new set every day. OK not necessarily new to me garments, but garments that I carefully cleaned, pressed and hung in my closet as ‘ready’ for winter. It took no time at all to start noticing I didn’t have enough brown pants. Most of what I have is blue. I need to rectify that and chose to make a nice pair of trousers in brown twill suiting.
This is a 100% polyester fabric and proves my point that polyester can be high quality. This has wonderful weight and drape. Pressing did require a few extra seconds to allow the heat and steam to persuade seams to lie flat and pressed either open or to one side. I opted to use the last well fitted version of the pattern and for something different moved the closure from zipper to open pocket. This is easy to do and great to use when you don’t have a matching zipper or are in a hurry. It is not apparent to the viewer that there even is a closure:
The closure is hidden in the pocket and created by leaving the pocket bag partially unstitched
Essentially you are making inseam pockets. 4 pocket bags are cut. The right side is stitched together like making an inseam pocket. The right side is a little trickier. The inside ‘seam’ is finished before attaching the bags to the front and back side seams. The side seam is stitched from hem, up to about 2″ into the pocket. Turn the work so you can stitch back down that 2″ and around the bottom of the pocket bag and up the side leaving 6″ open. The waistband needs to be extended by the width of the top of the pocket bag. The front pocket is folded in and secured to the front pant. The back pocket is left free. The waistband is applied along this long waistband which becomes the correct length after the button, snap or hooks are sewn into place. Clear as mud? Sorry. This is one that is easier to do than describe and step by steps would be boringly long.
I see the pic at the top of the page, as being me in the bank line. I lightened that pic for a better view:
To me, this is totally acceptable. I made trousers. They have a 20″ hem. They are supposed to be loose; easy wearing, comfortable. What’s more, because pp113 is a TNT pattern and the closure was so easy, these pants took only 4 hours to make from start to finish which included 1 fitting session. However when I lifted my shirt to take photos of the waist, I shifted my weight and twisted the pants because this :
would suggest that I need to work on the pattern some more. I don’t think so. I think I twisted my body see how my left leg looks about 2/3’s the size of my right leg. I think I’m standing funny and the bank line pictures are right.
Anyway, 1 pair of brown pants in the closet and ready to be worn.