Sunday, December 29, 2013

Vogue 1366, THE PANTS

Well, I've made myself two pairs of Thurlow trousers (they'll be in the Wardrobe shortly) from Sewaholic, and while I'm grateful for the experience, they are not my favorite pants ever.  I seriously envy Thurlows like Lladybird Lauren's closet full of them, but they do not suit me.  Thurlows are designed for a pear-shaped body, and I don't have one.  Between the height and the shaping issues, I spent a LOT of time dinking with the fit and making gazillions of muslins, and the fit is still not what I'd like it to be.  So, I've decided to move on to a new pants pattern.  Behold! Vogue 1366:

I've  been eyeing this pattern ever since it came out, and I finally snagged the pattern on Black Friday.  I made up a muslin, and it fit surprisingly well straight out of the envelope.  The only adjustments I've had to make to it have been adding length (of course), to both the leg and the top, right under the zipper, and making some seam allowance adjustments.

I cut a size 14, which fit me nicely in the hips and legs.  I had major crotch depth and length problems, so I added 3/4" length under the zipper (and another 2" at the knee.  DON'T FORGET to buy extra yardage if you're tall, people).  I also changed all the seam allowances to 1/4" in the crotch and up to the waist band in the rear.  Does that make sense?  I cut a straight size 14 and the just sewed a 1/4" s.a. instead of the standard 5/8"-- no pattern adjusting needed there.

I'm pretty pleased with the muslin, so next comes cutting out in this gorgeous wool from Pacific Fabrics:

It's considerably darker than this in real life.  Sorry!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Incoming patterns!

I have the Renfrew t-shirt and Thurlow pants patterns coming from Sewaholic.  I keep ogling Lladybird's mustard-colored Renfrew (and the Thurlows she's wearing in those pictures, come to think of it).  I love cowl necks.  And t-shirts.  And mustard, although I'd look like I had jaundice in that color (Lauren looks great though, lucky girl).  According to Lladybird Lauren, I'm going to have to lengthen the shirt at the waist. and the pants in the crotch just under the zipper, so I don't have to alter the pockets, zipper welt, etc.  We'll see how that goes-- I'm not really worried about the shirt (just excited), but the pants increase my blood pressure a smidge.  Pictures will be forthcoming when the patterns arrive!

The Beginning

Hi there!  I'm Denise, and this is The Stitcherie.  I started sewing because I'm ridiculously tall, and it was hard to find anything that fit well.  And then I got hooked.  I'll put my projects here, along with links to other sewists, tutorials, and anything else that goes!  And speaking of things that go, here's this: