First of all, I just love WordPress’s little snowflakes in December. I am a true northern girl, and languishing in a southern-ish urban centre can really have a negative effect on my psyche after a while. I mean, c’mon! It’s December! It should be below zero with SNOW!!! So thanks to WordPress for cheering up my snowless existence.
I’ve got some catching up to do on posts. I confess to not having done very much sewing lately, except for finishing up these trousers a couple of weeks ago, giving my Marfy wool plaid a good round through the washing machine and dryer – it felted up just an eensy weensy bit, which was what I was hoping it would do.
Anyways, back to these trousers. This is my TNT trouser pattern. I love the shape. I’m slightly pear shaped, and this design fits me with minimal adjustments. I actually only do three with this pattern:
- taper down a size through the waist
- add 2 inches to the length
- deepen the crotch seams by 5/8″
I don’t really have much of anything interesting to say about these trousers that hasn’t been said already. They’re fully lined wool crepe trousers, with a fly front zipper that the Vogue instructions make a complete breeze to insert. They have a contoured waist and every time I make them up, I love them.
The lower edge of the waistband is bias-bound, and machine stitched down. I say this because I usually finish a attaching waistbands by hand, so stitching in the ditch is a bit of a “slap-dash” approach for me. Not to bash the technique, though! I love it when I manage to stitch in the actual ditch, instead of on the curbs. Ha ha! I used clamp-on hooks & eyes, and couldn’t be bothered to go the fashion district for an exact-match zipper, so made do with what my local Fabricland had in the closest shade. I’m very pleased with the way the front fly zipper on this pattern turns out. Every. Single. Time. And that’s saying something for a TNT fly-zipper method!
In other sewing news, I’m completely ambivalent about the Marfy lab coat, so I’m putting the project on simmer while I get more of my SWAP projects completed. I’m not in love with the design (although I love the collar), and I’m not in love with the idea of a plaid coat. More mulling required!