Sunday, June 14, 2009

Another "crack" at M5142

Sorry about the pun in the above title. Couldn't resist. Let's recap the problems that lead to the ditching of the first version of these cords:

Here's my next attempt at resolving these issues.

Now we're good through the inseams, no more Michael Jackson nasty 90's crotch grabbing. But we have another problem - my waistline drops centre front causing the waistband to rise too high which makes the belt sit too high, excess fabric to gape round my shelf and the front thigh to drag. So I'll have to give these pants ANOTHER crack, lowering the centre front a good inch. Madam cannot have enough pairs of snugly cords and these ones are totally wearable so we are at least making progress.

I'm now beavering away on my second ugly fabric entry, which features this fabric, lining and zippers.

I'm making this skirt from Burda World of Fashion October 2008 - Antoinette's suggestion of going "modern stoneage" really appealed, so after a lot of humming and haaing I finally decided to make the sporty skirt, without cargo pockets but with Dutch deconstruction zipper outerwear on the pockets and centrefront. Then I'm going to team it with the blouson/jacket of the same issue, in one of the rich colours in the palate.

Let's face it, I have plenty to choose from - lolly pink, canary, magenta, fluro yellow, aqua, sapphire blue, emerald green, bronze, white, orange, ruby, russet red, gold, black. There are 14 different colours in this print. Should be able to find something to match, eh?

Thank you to Norma and Gail for the beautiful blog nominations, and Megan Rose and Nana's lady for the "meme" tag. Thank you for thinking of me and including me in your blogging community.


  1. I love the colour in your clothes and backdrop...take more photos here! Something's not right with those pants, but I don't have the expertise to know what it is. I went back through your blog to your Burda pants, which look really do the crotch seams compare? I'm sure you have mentioned pattern drafting wouldn't be hard to turn your Burda pants into a jeans pattern...basically marking a yoke and closing the back darts. Sometimes the crotch on jeans is a little higher, but the Burda pair look pretty close-fitting anyway. The waistline can also be dropped if required. Your put all the effort into getting those Burda pants fitting right, now you can use them as your base for all sorts of styles (do I sound a little preachy? Sorry.)

  2. Sigh, yes, a few things wrong with these pants. They fit quite well out of the wash, then grow and grow and grow...

    Carol P/P sewing instructor just uses her basic pant pattern and changes the style from that, because of the very issues you mention.

    My basic block predates childbirth, sadly and I haven't got it right since. The burda pants were great, but I used both wool suiting and lining, so the stretch factor was tamed.

    I am determined to give these another try, comparing with my burda block - but I reckon if I can lower the waist, maybe pull back the back crotch inseam a fraction I might reduce baggies on back and gappies on front.

    Fingers crossed.

  3. Your use of the phrase "modern stoneage" immediately pulled the Flintstones cartoon theme song into my head, and I had to dig through your archives to see if I'd dared suggest a Flintstones treatment for the Thai fabric! LOL Yes, it's all coming back to me now.

    Since I see the line drawings for your plans, the jacket seems ultra-sporty with those raglan sleeves, and there might be an interesting play on the "modern-day sports uniform of Thailand" to help decide on colors for the jacket with so many to choose from. The national flag has navy, white, and red stripes, but then there is, amazingly, no navy in your inspiration fabric.

    Never mind... Then it clearly isn't meant to be. ;)

  4. You crack me up!

    Ummm, yes, the pun was intended.

    I'm anxious for journey stories on your "ugly" fabric jacket.

  5. Now you are making me smirk!

  6. Not only are the pants very nice indeed, but I am reminded of how nice your licorice allsort necklace is. Great outfit. Lets see burda top THAT jewellery!

  7. Love this post, esp. the drawings of "cheeky" and "greed"...Can you hear me laughing, after an annoying night with the seam ripper? And my sewing machine which suddenly went squirrely on me with the bottom thread getting all bunch?! And me, losing my temper and breaking a needle?!!!!

    I needed the laugh.
    I bought my first skirt pattern and wish that we were neighbors so you could hold my hand through some pattern modifications, because I am smack between M and L, annoyingly.


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