Colette Juniper Pants
|Colette Juniper wide legged pants|
I also resewed the pockets THREE TIMES:
Attempt 1: Using cheap acetate lining - I have metres of this stuff that I bought when I had only just started to line everything I made and before I realised just how horrid this stuff is to sew and also to wear, ugh. I have since been converted to how amazing real cotton or silk feels as a lining fabric and can't imagine myself using acetate ever again.
Attempt 2: Using some quilting cotton scraps I had in my stash. Then I realised it was too bulky, stiff and thick for pocket lining. I lazily serged the edges in black thread and then could see the serged seam outline on the outside of the pants, plus the black blah on the inside was just WRONG. This was when I also decided the big dinner plate shape was not for me as I don't put anything in front pockets except for maybe a tissue or a scrap of paper/shopping list - my hips dont need any more bulges.
|Original "dinner plate" pockets with ugly seam finishing|
My only problem I had with the construction was that I would have liked a side seam notch on pattern piece C (the top/under piece of the slash pocket) as, by george, I had a tough time getting the fit/positioning to my satisfaction on that part when I used the original pocket shape.
When I changed the pocket shape it became much easier as the pocket gets lined up/sewn into the side seam.
|This is piece C after I added some bits to it for the new pocket shape. |
But see, no notches except on the bottom edge which gets attached to pocket lining.
|My new pocket piece, |
|The new pocket starting to take shape.|
|The inside is lined in a nice japanese cotton I got for a bargain at Spotlight.|
|Back view. Its ok.|
|Side view, mmm, not sure. Hopefully, they just look like|
pants that I bought somewhere and not "happy home sewing".
I learnt alot and spent way more time on these than can really be justified but if I consider it learning then it was time well spent.
I have always been terrified to make pants so this is a real accomplishment for me to even think about tackling them, let alone have something (hopefully) wearable at the end of it.
Based on making these and also from silently following along Lauren's Thurlow Sewalong I have purchased the Thurlow pattern and plan to make them next to compare the two patterns and decide which one will work best for my pear/heavy leg shape. I got mine (plus a Sewaholic Cambie dress) from Sew Squirrel, who sells with free shipping for Australians.