2010-11-129

Burda 2010-11-129: Fit Session 05

originally published 1/30/11

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I’m already up to 5 fitting sessions and I’m not done. 

 

I’m am however satisfied with the front:

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and the side is not bad.  Probably when I fix the back the side will be fine as well.

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The back however is a series of wrinkles:

 

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Do recheck the front and back for crotch length.  It is now good as a result of some judicious scooping. Please read the note at the bottom of the Front’s picture.  That wrinkle developed while hanging upside down on the hanger.  Possible I should have pressed yet again, just before photoing.  In truth, I thought that the wrinkle would “unhang” when the pant was turned upside down.  My bad.

 

The bubble is back, suggesting that I need to remove just a bit from underneath the waistband. However, if I do this the crotch will not be long enough and will need scooping one more time.  I’ve already scooped about 1/2″.  There is a limit to how much scooping can be done before other issues i.e. wrinkles are caused.  Question is is better to ignore the bubble which will probably be covered up by my tops and vests? Or is it better to take the bubble out, scoop a little more and hope not to create other wrinkles?  I really could bea at the best solution for this rendition as it is. 

 

Let me repeat from previous posts, I have not transferred any alterations from the pants to the tissue.  DH doesn’t like these pants.  He doesn’t like any wide leg pant.  Although he can’t explain why, I can.  For most of us, the wide leg adds bulk i.e. visual pounds to bottom halves.  Most of us are happiest with our own appearance and with the appearance of others when our tops are balanced with our bottoms.  The wide leg, totally upsets this balance.  So while I’ve enjoyed “messin” with this pattern, I’m not likely to use it again. Hence no effort to tweak the pattern for future use.  The absolute most I will do is write my changes on the pattern envelope (my own envelope as I traced this from the magazine) and keep the pattern.  If my storage space becomes too over-crowded, this pattern will end up in the trash can as I make room for pattern I do want to re-use. 

 

However, just for my own edification, I’d like to follow through on Gigi’s suggestion:

Gigi said…

 

 

Bev, why can’t you just run a seam down the side (where the dart is) and take some width out of the inseam? …

January 25, 2011 11:58 AM

 

 

Now this is  great idea.  I’m debating on taking that route now while the pant is clearly too large in back but fitting nicely at the waist and crotch.  Or should I complete fitting this and then alter the legs??? I’m just not sure.

 

Since this has already taken so long, (I can make a pair of pants from my JSM TNT pattern in about 2 hours) and I really do need to be putting some pants I will wear into my closet, I carried on with the cutting I mentioned last Wednesday.  The silk vest with lining is cut and folded sitting next to my serger.  I did use Butterick 5387 to cut the purple stretch velvet and that will warrant a post of its own.  Plus I’ve cut a pair of pants from the acorn brown corduroy.  I used my JSM pattern.  Even though it’s a TNT pattern, this new par will also warrant a post of its own.  I modified SB pocket from 1060 and want to share what I did.  So I’ll keep myself busy whilst waiting for your suggestions for Burd 129.

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Burda 2010-11-129: Fitting

originally published1/29/11

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Thanks for your comments and support yesterday.  I tried to be patient, but just couldn’t.  I did a shout out to a sewing angel and starting working on her immediate feed back.  Part of the solution process was ripping out the 2 center-leg seams on the back pants leg. There are no side seams per se. With those flapping in the wind (and exposing my underwear), it was easy to see that the crotch was too short both front and back.  BTW, I’ve read the fashion incubators thoughts on camel-toe.  She’s quite interesting and mostly right.  But the only solution for camel toe is not redrafting the pattern and starting fresh.  In my case, I let the seam out as far as possible.  Almost worked, but still I had just a little tug. 

 

So I went the other direction and scooped the crotch front and back.  Now I also know that there are many sewing experts that are death on scooping.  But this is a respected and used alterations method.  I can remember my dad having a pair of trousers altered in this fashion.  When he got the trousers back from alterations, we couldn’t tell they’d ever been changed.  The fit was perfect and the inside was perfect. OK this was in the days when men bought their suits as the men’s haberdashery and in-store staff was available to make alterations for free.  Part of the price of the suit, was ensuring that it fit you.  Mind you, my dad only bought maybe 3 suits a year and they lasted forever.  My point is that scooping is not a new phenom sweeping the sewing community.  It’s a tried and true method regardless of what the current crop of experts thinks. Oh and it worked. 

 

I won’t post these photos because they do show my underwear.  I don’t want to keep copies of my underwear out on the Internet for long.  So instead of a pic eventually there would be one of those nasty red x boxes.

 

This pattern is beginning to take some time and frankly boring me.  I’m annoyed to be spending my time refitting pants when it was the fashion detail I wished to experiment with.  Apparently transferring the crotch line from one pattern to the next along with adding hip ease is not sufficient to guarantee the next pair of pants will be easy to fit.  But I haven’t given up fitting these pants.  Since I scooped the crotch, I also trimmed the crotch seam and finished it.  Hopefully I didn’t do that too soon.  It’s just that I know if a crotch seam doesn’t lie flat and inconspicuous, it will interfere with later fitting. I still have the hip, (the bubble is not showing as long as the seams are flapping in the wind) and the pant length.  And that’s before exploring Gigi’s idea of narrowing the pant leg.  I’ve basted the back-leg seams again but this time at 1/4″.  Instead of ripping, I’ll be taking it in a bit at a time.  But with each change I need new photos and I haven’t take the next set of photos.

 

No instead of photos I was looking at the few pieces of fabric that I left in the closet Tuesday night.  I purposely left a beautiful silk herringbone with 2 different dark brown fabrics, a golden brown corduroy, purple stretch velvet and dark denim knit hanging for use until my Fabric Mart order gets here.  Last night I cut the silk and the silk charmuse to be used in Ver 3 of my NL6538 vest. I also cut the golden brown corduroy but using my TNT pants pattern from Joyce Miller. I’m debating on the stretch velvet.  I’d like to use Louise Cuttings 2×4 pattern.  Although the stretch velvet may not be a good choice for that.  My second choice is Butterick 5387, which is probably what I will do.  5387 is a trendy pattern and, as we all know, will be good this year and maybe next.  Trendy patterns should be bought and used immediately.  Louise’s 2×4 pattern will be usable for years to come.

 

But I’m also eager to start working with the ideas in Sew What Fleecehttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=sdBev&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1580176267&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr,  I’m hoping to eventually have enough drafting knowledge that instead of tracing 2010-11-129, I can look at Burda schematics and using my TNT JSM, I can draft my own version.  That’s probably asking too much. But I’ll never know if I don’t keep taking steps in that direction.  Last year I worked a lot with rectangular garments.  I thought I learned a lot.  I certainly did have a greater appreciation for pattern drafters.  I do understand that my fitting problems are not their fault.  My fitting problems are the result of my genetics and my eating/exercising habits.  This book takes my experimentation with rectangular pieces of cloth a step further.  From basic measurements it has you drafting simple-shaped  garments.  So there will be armscyes that are related to my arm; shoulder lengths that match mine, and room enough for my hips without adding or slashing or or anything else.  This is one I’ll have to keep you posted on.

2010-11-129

Burda 2010-11-129: Sewing and First Fitting

originally published 1/27/11

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I’ve developed a routine when sewing pants that works pretty well.  I knew I’d be handling these a lot, so I started by completly serge finishing the edges.  All of them.  Then I put the darts and the zipper in with permanent stitching.  I’ve decided to skip the pocket.  I want pockets in pants, but I’m not sure I’ll ever wear these pants.  I baste all the other seams together using Ruby’s A23 Basting stitch.  What a dream. I actually have to sew slowly.  The fabric slides in under and out the foot at too fast a pace.  I do wish it would allow me to Fix or secure the stitch at the beginning and end. But alas it beeps with annoyance when I have A23 selected and press the fix stitch.  I’m pretty sure a basting stitch is going to pull out at the beginning and end of each seam, so I circumvent Ruby’s inclination by pushing the reverse button at the beginning and end of the seams. I baste all together, except the waistband.  I step into and quickly discover that the waist itself is too large (So take that Lefty. Or was Lefty right? The calculations were off by being too large???)  I restitch the darts adding 1/8 at the top of the legs.  That 1/4″ at 4 darts and I’ve removed 1″ from the waist. Good. Right?

 

I baste the waistband, including the belt loops, and baste the hems at 1-1/4″ and try it on again.  Waist is still too large and hips are too tight. Oh and by the way, the pants are dragging the ground.  (What was that Lefty said about sucking calculations?) I rip out the waistband and add 2 more darts 1 on either side of the center back.  Then I rebasted the waistband in place.  I didn’t touch the hips.  Nope.  I’ve found that my pants must fit at the waist before I make any other changes.  One change always affects something else. I’ve too many times made several changes all at once; only to have to remove nearly all of them.  It does seem to be that fitting has to be completed in an order. I do mean completed. I can’t rush the process by tweaking several areas at once.

 

The waist now fits snugly.  The hips feel snug but look fine in the mirror.  The pants are still a little long but I decide not to alter them. I’m rather surprised that the hips look fine but feel snug.  I ask DH. He too feels that they look OK.  But I’m uneasy.  They feel snug, almost uncomfortable.  I’m also seeing that the crotch has small smiles and I’m asking myself  “Are the smiles because I need more hip room or a longer back crotch?” I used the crotch from my TNT pants pattern. I’m even wearing a pair of my TNT pants as I’m sewing this.  The TNT fits fine now and has through at least 3 other pairs of pants.  Why would the crotch be too short?

 

I’m not sure why I did the next thing. I let the hips out 3/8″ but I also nailed down that waistband complete with button and buttonhole.  I think it would have been much smarter to leave it basted until all the fitting was finished.  But I did and I can only hope I don’t regret this action.  I also basted the hems at 2″.  Then I took more pictures. 

 

Now before you see these photos,

 

  1. I haven’t given the pants a good pressing.  I’ve spent time on the darts and waistband, but the rest has only had a few shots of steam.  I don’t want to permanently press creases until I know I’m finished altering the pants.
  2. They feel comfortable
  3. I see wrinkles along the center-back-leg seams which I’m not sure if its a pressing issue or ease issue.
  4. I also think my crotch maybe a little too short. But why?  It’s the same crotch used in 3 other pants and one of those pants was an unyeilding wool/poly fabric.  That’s the one that should have given me problem.  This spongy fabric should be fine.  Somehow the TNT crotch in combination with the new pant is not quite working.  I can only let out the crotch about 1/8″. If it needs more than 1/4″ I’ll  add a gusset. But could it be that I still need a little more ease in the hip? Or is the back crotch length a little too short rather than the ledge being too short. In which case I could scoop the back a little.
  5. Except I think the front crotch might be a little too short.  I could take the waistband off again (oh no she groans. I knew I shouldn’t have nailed that waistband down. ) but I’m not getting more than 1/8 inch at the top of either crotch.
  6. 6 There is also a little bubble of fabric on the back mayber 1/2″-1″ below the waist band.  It’s like the back is being pushed up, which is caused by what?

 

Suggestions:  Please

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Burda 2010-11-129: Alterations

originally published 1/25/11

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Yes I decided to carry on.  I’m really curious about this pants pattern and want to see them go together, even if I don’t wear them.  I used Nancy Ziemans’ glide and twist or whatever she calls it to add only 3/4″ at the waist and 1″ at the hips.  I use the waist and knee as my pivot points because I really don’t want to add any more width the the legs, but know I need more room if I’m to get this pulled up over my hips. Oh and I  revise seam allowances.  I trim the tissue.  My right brain is saying “go for it.  Let’s finish these now that we’ve worked out the problems”.  My left brains sits up and screams “Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo The fabric is wrong. The fabric is wrong. The fabric is wrong and your calculations suck too.” Now I’m not psychic. Hardly even intuitive.  But I have learned that when the left side of my brains objects strongly, I should listen.  My left brain is analytical too.  It reaches conclusions faster than my right brain.  But it focuses on aesthetics first and practicalities next.  Also, it seems to be verbally challenged. Look at what it said. My left brains was ranting about the fabric and then threw something out about the calculations.  But my right brain becomes contrite and starts screaming too: “Is not. Calculations are fine.  We’re not wearing these anyway.  Let’s do it now”.  So left brain and right brain are arguing.  Do we have a 3rd or coordinating brain?  I ask because this very reasonable inner voice says “It won’t hurt to wait over night.  If I can’t figure out what’s making me uncomfortable. I’ll go ahead as it’s laid out.”

 

So I pick everything up. Hang it on a hanger and place in my closet.  I look around for something else to do and settle on cleaning up a little bit.  Then I get into refolding another shelf of fabric.  Only 5 more shelves to straighten.  I like that refolding the fabric is a tactile sensation but also makes my stash room more organized and pleasant to work in.  In the process of refolding, I’m checking to be sure the “major” shelves all have fabric which is at least 2 yards long.  Anything less gets placed with the less than 2 yard stacks.  I’ve also been pulling out fabrics for jackets.  I started looking at some and thinking “this is never going on my butt”. Which was followed up with: do I really want this?  for what? and be serious if it’s not going to cover the butt, what will I really do? ”  I’m developing a whole shelf full of fabrics I’d love to use in jackets or coats.

 

I’m also finding muslin material.    I thought when I carried off those 6 boxes of fabric that I couldn’t stuff onto the shelves (nearly 4 years ago), that everything left was expensive fashion fabric.  I chose to donate mostly WFO fabrics, home dec fabrics from previous decorating schemes and quilting cottons.  But as I’ve sewn up some of the fabrics, I’ve decided I don’t want to make a garment from them or their cousins ever again.  Others I just feel and say YUK. I don’t want to wear this.  These fabrics are being stacked together next to a small group that, in truth, I probably would use for robes and housecoats but little else. 

 

As I’m refolding I start finding fabric cuts that would be OK to use for this pair of pants.  They’re not my best fabrics, but they aren’t horrible. I’ll looking for drape and weight- it’s still winter in South Dakota. I finish refolding and look through the 3-4 fabrics I’m thinking are suitable for the first (maybe only) iteration of Burda 2010-11-129.  I settle on an small, very small plaid.  It’s a light blue almost grey warp with a dark brown weft (hope I’ve got that right.  I’m not a weaver and, to my embarrassment, continue to confuse the 2 terms).  It’s spongy like wool, but is polyester.  I consider it might have a little rayon, but no there are no rayon tale-tells. I turn off the lights. Close the doors and call it a day.

 

When I return the next morning I start by pressing my fabric.  This is extremely wide. 62″ it must have been an upholstery or home dec fabric.  I’ve also decided to add 1″ SA to both sides of the center-back-leg seam. (That 4″ of just-in-case-ease.  To be used if lefty is correct and rightys calculations are off.)  If I hadn’t added the 1″ SA, I could have laid this pants pattern out on just one length 45″ long. That’s about 1-1/3 yards of fabric.  This could be a real fabric saving pattern.  Do you know how many 1.5 cuts of fabric I have? Well don’t worry, most of them aren’t even 58″ wide so the point is probably moot. I don’t alter my pattern, I just chalk a cutting line 1″ away from the center-back-leg seams.

 

And start my stitching.

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Burda 2010-11-129: Considerations

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Shortly before my introductory 1 year subscription elapsed, I decided I should actually trace and make up some of the patterns.  As a fashion magazine, Burda Style (BS), is far to expensive.  But as a Fashion Magazine with Fashion Patterns, it’s economical.  Even if I count only the styles I might wear and estimate their cost at $4 each.  (Because of my locality I pay between $5 and $30 per pattern.) Also I find that BS is fashion forward.  I’m not the only one with the experience of looking at a Burda Style and saying  “Have they lost their mind?”  3 months to a year later, I see something in the store or another magazine and think “isn’t there something like that in BS?”  With a little searching, I find the style I’m thinking of and instead of thinking “they’re out of their minds”; I’m think “Oh yes, this is a rendition I could wear (even here in fashion he!! South Dakota).”

 

My attempts with Burda were not disappointing, but they weren’t trace and create either.  With the Big 4, I cut tissue, make pretty much standard adjustments (yes I do have problems with shapes I’m not familiar with, fabrics I’m not knowledgeable about and so on and so forth.) I do have problems with the Big 4, but generally I can make a “wearable muslin” and then a very good garment from any of the Big 4.  With Burda, I trace the pattern; add seam allowances; add alterations for my physical er deviations; and then make an unwearable muslin. Make alterations to the pattern. Make a wearable muslin. Then make a nice, very nice, garment.  Even pants only take 2 trys before reaching the 3rd nice-looking, nice-looking version. So time-wise a T-shirt top:  My TNT Pamela’s Pattern T shirt can be fabric now and wearable-out-the-door in about an hour and a half.  A similar Burda top takes about 20 hours. I don’t consciously object to the time Burda patterns take me.  What I’m finding is that a Burda pattern excites me, but before I can get around to tracing it, I buy something similar from the Big 4 and make that up.  That’s because I know my first version from the Big 4 will probably be my only version and will probably look good. (Butterick 5070 cardigan is an exception although the funnel top is a perfect example)  At the worst, I’m foolishly wasting money. But maybe I’m simply laughable as I could spend my time reading the Big 4 catalogs for free. I’m not sure the solution here, if one is needed; or my future direction. 

 

But I began 2010-11-129 almost immediately. However, this year I have new goals which are directed at avoiding wadders but also help with the alteration process.  My goal is to develop “Check Points’ points during the sewing process where I stop and evaluate what I’ve done, what I might do next and compare with known realiable information to be sure I’m on the right track or make corrections before my garment turns into an unredeamable  wadder.  I pulled out the already traced Burda 2010-11-129 pattern, but I also pulled out my much loved JSM pants Ciggie Version pattern.  I measured both at these critical points:

  • waist

  • hip (8.5″ down from waist)

  • ankle

  • length

 

As time goes on I may find other critical measurements for pants.  I’m thinking that even though Palmer&Pletsch don’t think much of crotch depth, it might be useful for me.

 

I measured and stopped. I remembered Sham’s recent post, in which she was so terribly excited about Marcy Tilton’s new pants pattern, that Sham began at 11PM and continued to sew until done.. She began at 11PM and immediately transferred the crotch shape from her most comfortable pants pattern.

 

“You know”, thinks I, “I have a terrific crotch with my JSM Ciggie pants. Maybe I should follow the example of such an excellent seamstress.” I did. Then I remeasured and I found that the length was fine, but the waist was 2.75″ small and the hips 3.5″ small. 

 

I actually had a light bulb moment.  See I’d made pencil changes to the pattern, I hadn’t cut anything yet.  I looked back at the fristmeasurements and realized I’m probably choosing the wrong size.  The Burda Charts give 40.25 as the hip measurement for the size 38.  I’m used to the Big 4.  The hip measurement is a target, a window they’re shooting for.  It’s commonly known that with the Big4 the hip measurement is the body measurement they are designing for and the pattern will fit all the way up to the hip measurement  on the next size. (Or all the way down to the previous size depending on your point of view).  With Burda 40.25 is the finished pattern measurement.  My hip is 40.  No wonder Burda never has enough ease for me in the hip.  Unless it’s 100%lycra no one feels comfortable with 1/4″ ease. I will look at the Burda charts with new eyes for sure.  One of the things I see is that most BS patterns are not going to fit me unless I lose another 20 pounds,  I’m limited to BS Plus sized patterns for which there are very few.  Or I can continue to make 3 versions of whatever BS pattern I’m interested in.

 

Then I had a really excellent, excellent, extremely excellent light-bulb moment.  Once the analytical side of my brain started it working, I “saw” that the pants legs were very straight and therefore probably wide.  Why didn’t I see that from here

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or here

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and I certainly should have seen it here:

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I know all those folds and drapes develop from either far too little OR far too much fabric.

 

But until I started thinking check points, which led to following the example of another successful sewist, and  rechecking tissue measurements (not back of the envelope but measuring across the tissue), I didn’t realize I was working with a full, very full leg.

 

I love a very full leg, especially in soft drapey rayon. It just feels swishy, romantic w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l gliding from here to there (until I trip going down the stairs). Alas, a very full leg is difficult to style attractively on me. Even now. Even  45 pounds from my heviest.  I’m still short 5’3″ and still chubby (please be kind) and still pear shapped ( I remove 1″ from the standard shoulder width. That 2″ across the back)  A full leg looks it’s most fantastic when balanced with a tall, broad shoulders and you can’t be too thin.

 

Add to that, my chosen fabric is a silk/cotton blend purchased from Michael’s.

 

I’ll probably never wear these pants.

 

What should I do?

2010-11-129

New Burda Pants

originally published 1/24/11

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I thought in my retirement I would sew as much as I wanted. Just before retiring, I wondered how long until I’m bored sewing.  But I have to say, I’m never bored.  There’s always something new thanks to Stitchers Guild, clubBMV, Sewingpatterns.com and Burda Style (BS). 

 

Yes, I too am thoroughly disgusted with Burda about somethings.  For example Burda reduced the number of sheets on which the patterns are printed—very bad for my “mature vision”.  I could rant much more but this post is not about what Burda does wrong or doesn’t do, it’s about the fresh ideas Burda brings into my home. I’ve found I can minimize my BS frustration by ignoring their on-line presence (I’m not a member of any Burda user group); skipping all the lusterous fashion photos and going directly to the magazine’s center, cheapie (very cheap), newsprint pages.  Ah, now that’s exicitement for me.  In Nov 2010, I found this rather plain looking pant:

2010-11-129A on the first 2 of the cheapie pages.  On a hunch, I flipped to the pattern instructions and was immediately sucked in by

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Do you see that?  The back is divided in two pieces and the side back is attached to the side front.  You should vision a pant with front and side back attached and instead of a side-seam, a seam going straight up the center of your backside.  For the young, very sexy.  Oh la la, la la, tres sexy. For the mature figure a seam exactly where we need a fitting opportunity!  Yes yes, there is some kind of pocket and a facing finishing the waistband, but the unique two-piece pant is the star attraction.  I’ve seen this division reversed i.e. back attached to side front with small front section or, 3 piece back, side (side-back attached to side-front), and front; and my favorite Trudy Jansen with Front, side-back, center-back. (TJ is the best fitting pant I own or make).  But this is different.  I had to make this. 

 

I traced 2010-11-129 almost immediately.  I keep a supply of tracing papers and pens afterall, I’m miles away from sources.  It’s best just to keep a current working supply and 1, unopened package of much utilized supplies.  But then life got in the way. Oh shucks, I had an opportunity to upgrade my Bernina 1630 sewing machine.  I’d planned to upgrade it 5 years ago but couldn’t find the right replacement.  In November, things just worked out for me to replace it,  but by-golly the process consumed my heart, body, soul and sewing time.  Then Christmas happened and the JAM and, well my traced pattern got put away. Not forgotten, just carefully folded and stored.  After my successful wool coat Vogue 1060, I’m so high I had to once again tackle my nemises:  pants ie pant fitting.

 

Out comes Burda 2010-11-129. Well I should back up just a speck.  This was also prompted by my weekly ironing.  Whilst putting away my clean clothes I realized I had but 9 bottoms.  9, you’d think, should be enough to get anyone through a week.  But I’ve noticed that I have a very nice wool blend pair of pants that I queue up and then say “Oh I want to keep these for …”  They are so nice that I want to keep them for special or at least dressier occasions.  Truly, they fit well, look nice, are comfortable to wear.  They are light weight but between the wool content and some weather-appropriate underwear, sufficiently warm. They do get worn, but not as often as my other pants.  OK that means I regularly wear 8 of the 9 bottoms.

 

1 of the remaining 8, is my first pair of Jalie jeans.  They still fit around me, but have shrunk lengthwise.  I let them hem out and wear them when I’m not planning to go far from home (like no further than the garden).

 

Then there is Ver 2 of my JSM Ciggie pants made from a microfiber microcord, with me knowing full-well that this fabric would shrink with each washing. I didn’t expect this pair to last more than 1 season.  But that was OK since this was the wearable muslin. Oh and they’re not lasting the full season.  They need to be replaced.  That brings me from 9 to 6 bottoms that can be depended upon every day (day-in day-out;week after week).

 

I also made a pair of JSM pants from a silk/cotton  blend purchased from Michaells about 2 years ago. My gosh this is wonderful fabric.  I have 2 cuts left and want more.  Even DH makes repeated compliments on these pants.  I’ve shrunk another size. So have they. So the silk/cotton blend will continue to shrink during laundry. Er, if you wash in warm water such as I.  Probably they would shrink less or slower if I were more particular. I’m lucky I can still wear these. They too have had their hems released.  Unlike the denim, the released hem hardly shows.  But alas, they are shrinking faster than I.  I really can’t count on wearing them next year.

 

And I am down from 9 to 5 pants that can be depended upon day-after-day; week-after-week. Of the 5, 2 are jeans.  Not shrinking badly, thank heavens.  But eventually they will fade to the point that I prefer not to wear.  Will they be with me by next winter?  Not likely. 

 

So even though it appears that I am sufficiently stocked with bottoms, in the back of my mind I know I need to think about adding more before it is critical.  Hence my excitement about 2010-11-129.

 

Oh my. It seems to be that’s enough writing for tonight. Please join me tomorrow. I will share my pattern alterations.