I made my first pair of proper trousers! I'm not counting the self-drafted trousers here and their many shorts variation friends.
I made the "Elvis" trousers from the 1/2015 issue of Ottobre magazine, whose model displays them in turquoise thusly:
I had to make these because I love me a good pair of brightly coloured trousers on a little man, and toddler likes them too. I scored some purple twill for £2/m from St Ives bank holiday market. Although it has an inexplicable fire-retardant backing, this has softened completely in the wash. Nevertheless, these pants will only ever be metaphorically on fire.
|A red bowl of conkers was just lying around, so I kept it in shot. I'll admit it doesn't look as arty as I thought.|
Sadly the notions cost me more than £2, even when I skipped the zippers on the back pockets. I'm not going to count the £15 I splurged on 32 sewing machine feet from China, or the cost of the top-stitch needles, or the spotty cotton pocket facings and button from my stash. However, I ought to count the fly zipper and the red top-stitch thread (of which I used an entire spool). So maybe the trousers cost me £6 all in.
|BOOM! Spotty cotton! Also, eagle-eyed viewers will note my top-stitch tension issues, even after unpicking 4 times... ARGH.|
I have a thing about red and purple together. I had SO MUCH FUN making these trousers. Fabric that doesn't fray. lustrous red thread, new machine feet... ahhhh the good times.
The pattern is lovely, although Mr B takes issue with the style detail where the side seam twists onto the front leg. Pah! I love it. They're also slim enough for Toddler B, although I am waiting on a red belt from eBay to keep them up so he can wear them now and make them last longer. That's why the bottom of the belt-loops are not stitched down yet (just in case the belt is wider than expected). Also, I ran out of topstitch thread, so you don't get red bar-tacks at the top and bottom of every belt loop. I ain't buying another spool for that malarky.
|I skipped the exposed metal zippers on the back pockets to save money and my furniture.|
I did have a few issues with the top-stitching - my machine wouldn't get the tension right sometimes and made loops of top-stitch thread underneath the fabric, usually when sewing right on the edge of 3+ thicknesses of twill. I think because the presser-foot had uneven pressure over the bulky seam allowances and the fabric got pulled up and down by the needle. I managed to partly solve it by using a pad of rolled up twill beside the seam to make the foot press evenly.
Sometimes my machine skipped stitches when trying to top-stitch over e.g. 6 thicknesses of twill in a seam intersection. Tbh who can blame it?
Ok, so now I fess up to the mistakes. I don't know what possessed me but I didn't take into account the diagonal twill weave when I cut out. I just folded the fabric and cut double. I think. Or something. It was dark in my windowless sewing space in the evening. Anyway, the weave is not doing what I would like across the back seam (or indeed the front). Don't look too closely. Also, my top-stitching could be more even, but I'm going to allow myself some leeway on that as it's my first attempt.
|My top stitching is not the best, but toddler will move too fast in real life for this to cause anyone visual pain.|
I'll be making these again! IN EVERY COLOUR ST IVES WILL SELL ME. Did you hear that, man on St Ives market stall? I WILL BUY ALL YOUR WACKY TWO QUID TWILL. I will look for new audacious colours of top-stitch thread. MAD LEGS AHOY!
|Note that the shirt is looking a bit small - not to worry, a new one is in the works.|
In less capslock-inducing news, I have cut up one of Mr B's old work-shirts and am in the process of transforming it into a toddler sized shirt. This is quite exciting to me (and toddler).