Shorts, Capris & Ankle-length Trousers

Burda 6-2011-110 backDD3 needed some new bottoms this past spring, so after looking through all the stretch denim available in Mom’s stash, she chose three fabrics, and three patterns.  Here’s the collection. Burda 6-2011-110 sideFirst up, another version of the shorts I’d made for her last summer.  It’s a shortened version of Burda 6/2011 #110.  It fit her well last year, and I didn’t want to re-think the fit on another pattern, so I re-measured to ensure it still fit, and started sewing.

Burda 6-2011-110 blue shortsThe next project was capris, and she wanted them to be skinny, but not too skinny.  So I opted for Burda 03/2014 #115. 115_0314_b_largeDD3 has a crotch depth of 11 inches – about one full inch longer than any standard block, and finding RTW trousers/jeans/shorts that fit her properly is a challenge.  She’s inherited the long back crotch measurement, too, but the extra crotch depth means bottoms are always low-riding on her.  As she prefers bottoms that sit at her natural waist, I altered the pattern using the slash-spread method to get the required depth.  Here’s the first pair at a true capri length.  The fabric for all these bottoms is from EmmaOneSock.  You can find it in other colours here.  This was a roll end, and I have enough fabric for shorts next year if she needs more.  This fabric worked extremely well for these capris, and the fit is perfect.  I don’t have any other photos of her wearing them at this point.Burda 03-2014-115 blueThe next pair was ankle length in a striped French stretch cotton blend, again from EmmaOneSock as a roll end. It’s lighter in weight and as a lot of stretch.  I used the same pattern, but they refuse to sit at her natural waist without a belt once they’ve been stretched out through wearing.  They’re her favourite pair, btw. (I’m too lazy to alter the waist yet again).  Burda 03-2014-115 detailsI used a BurdaStyle idea for binding the pocket edges in bias strips.  The denim (?) was lightweight enough to do it easily with a little help from my hammer for flattening the bulk.Burda 03-2014-115 striped frontYou can see in the pic above that the crotch depth appears to be too long, but the trousers are not actually sitting where she would like them to.  I really should take in the waist some more.  Here’s the back view.Burda 03-2014-115 striped backThe fit is pretty good through the back.  The fabric is really fun.  She wasn’t too sure of it to begin with, but every time she puts these on, she tells me she really likes them.

Fitting trousers/jeans/short is always so challenging.  The only trousers I’ve ever been able to fit without any wrinkles whatsoever are classic trousers, although these Burda patterns fit pretty darn well right off the tracing paper.  I’d love to try Jalie 2908 (stretch jeans pattern) for fit on her.  Next time.

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Vogue 8094 in Chocolate!

This is my third pair of capris currently in circulation from Vogue 8094, and I promise I’ll make up something new and exciting from a different pattern for my next post!  But I love chocolate brown – it’s the black in my wardrobe – and I wanted a pair of capris in this staple colour for my summer days!   Vogue 8094 brownThere is nothing new that I have to say about these except that I put a crease in the legs for something different (not being super creative like some of you, I couldn’t come up with dyeing, embroidery or applique that would have suited my rather conservative tastes) and left the zip at the CB. I think I’ve almost got the fit nailed on these, too, compared to the previous two pairs, which I shall alter to mimic the fit on these.  This is the mandatory front mug shot.  I still have to figure out how to get rid of the extra fabric across the front of the crotch. I must say it’s more horridly noticeable while standing stock straight for fitting purposes than it appears to be in the rest of my “living” pictures.  *sigh*

IMG_0581And the back mug shot.  This pair’s fit is much improved from my previous pair.  Not perfect, but we’re getting there.  I cannot believe how much adjustment to the crotch is necessary on these casual pants.  I have never had to do this much tweaking and adjusting and crying and leaving-them-alone with dress pants.Vogue 8094 backIt’s been a learning process, like all of my sewing, and I’m was rather encouraged this morning after scooping out MORE of the backside.  I’ll be scooping more on the green ones I made yesterday, too.  And the original rust-coloured ones.Vogue 8094 dark

Me-Made-May is here!

I’m late! I’m late for a very special date!

MMM 13.1And I’m going in with a whimper with this RTW top and me-made capris which are oldies, but goodies and have lots more life in them.

MMM13I, Tia Dia of MezzoCouture, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made for each day for the duration of May 2013.  I’m not swearing off repeats.  My me-made collection has grown significantly over the last two years, but I’m still missing some key pieces, and others are just more comfortable for schlepping around the house and yard… repeatedly!

I won’t be posting daily about what I’m wearing, but I’ve made a page (see above).  Are you joining in the fun?  It’s going to be great seeing the Flickr page growing at an exponential rate.  I wonder how I’ll find the time to scroll through…