oona does it!: come together
this week i've paired requests from the fun loving and flirty (have you seen her as a pink lady?) kat of modern vintage cupcakes with, once again, the beauteous miss lisette of WWNDW (prolific community members, both). kat asked:
does oona ever make trousers? would love to see how you'd turn all that fantastic creativity to a garment that's often quite plain…
and lisette commanded:
as long as you're not doing anything in khaki … except safari themes! do a safari theme!
okay, lisette, i swear they're not khaki. i mean, that's more like saddle brown. burnt sienna? i've got Bs and Ss aplenty. take from it what you will.
whatever the color, they are also the complement to last week's challenge, my silk & terry cloth project runway top… it's not a skirt! it's not a dress! it's not a hot pink bird! it's pants that are NOT jeans!
as for turning my penchant for the wild towards this "often quite plain" component, well, erm, i guess i didn't really accomplish that either. i have indeed done it before, in a pair of wide legged trousers better suited for 70s swag curtains, so yes kat, oona does that. sometimes.
BUT YOU GUYS I MADE A PAIR OF TOTALLY WEARABLE PANTS. WITH POCKETS.
AND PLEATED CUFFS!
this is the third simplicity project runway pattern i've tried (numero 2477) and holy frijoles. they've put some sort of voodoo magic enchantment on these here patterns. maybe they had tim gunn bless the envelopes. my only adjustment was to take 2 inches in at center back, tapering to 5/8. behold, my friends, the booty fit:
the longer i stare at it the bigger it gets. oh, what's that i spy out yon window? nothing in particular! i just can't believe they fit!
i didn't make a muslin– after my luck with the top and dress, i decided this magical line would just work. i went with the "finished" sizing on the pattern pieces, and figured i could remove the back darts and front waist pleats if i needed extra room. sewed up the leg & crotch seams at 3/8 to start, then went to 5/8 and serged when my derriere gave me the green light.
but i had trouble in river city on the fly. everything was going so well… i don't know what i did there. so, it turned out to be a semi – exposed zipper. it's a royal purple zip. i'm cool with it. in fact, it makes a nice flat front, and i'll take all the flat i can get in that area. but i would like to know how to make a proper fly zip. only because i like to know everything.
i guess it could use a belt, but i was apparently too proud of my handiwork to cover the waist with one. i'm feeling awfully proud lately… even though i completely failed on both challenges this week.
but did i mention i made pants?