I put them on and I'm wearing them right now. Super comfortable weekend pants. Very "California style". I used a poly rayon "linen" fabric from JoAnns that I do love. It has the drape and breathability of rayon, the look of linen, and the added strength and wrinkle resistance of polyester. I have made a few things out of this fabric and really like it. It does ravel, though, so you have to make sure to serge or finish all seam edges in some way. Wash and wear, though. My kind of fabric for everyday wear.
Well, the pants don't make me look thinner, that's for sure, but because they are so big, they just look like they're supposed to look big, so I don't really think they make me look that fat either. Now, if I were to wear a big, blousey top, that might be another story. Oh, yeah, and don't I look stunning in this picture? This is what I look like when I've had a migraine for 3 days. This is the before shot. Still waiting to get to the "after."
I have a review at PR here. One thing I forgot to note was how I did the seams. First I stitched them, pressed them closed, serged the sas together, pressed the sa to one side, and topstitched. The pattern calls for topstitching 1/2 inch away. I kept missing part of the seam allowance so put a little steam a seam in the parts that got missed. Then I realized that the steam a seam would act like a bit of interfacing and would keep the seams straighter and prevent some puckering. On the rest of the seams, I put a line of steam a seam down the length of the seam next to the stitching before I pressed down the sas. I really like how that worked and would definitely recommend doing it.
If you've never worked with an edgestitch foot - DO IT. It makes top stitching SO much easier. I'd say it cuts the time in half. The guide portion of the foot runs along the seam line or edge of fabric and keeps everything nice and straight. Much easier!
Here we're both posing for the back view!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Posted by Nancy Winningham at 7:59 AM