Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Wolf in the Wardrobe

So, Papercut Patterns added this new feature to their website "Made by You" and all you have to do is add the hashtag #iheartpapercut to your instagram post and your pic appears on their website.  This is such a cool feature - especially for those of us who are in love with Papercut Patterns.   Anyways, getting to my point, my pic of my Circle Tops (red and black) got selected as a winner and I got to choose a free Papercut Pattern.

Wolfies

This was such a difficult decision, but in the end I chose the Peter & the Wolf Pants.

I get really nervous when I make pants, cause if they don't fit straight out of the box I haven't really got it together enough to know how to go about making adjustments.  So thankfully they are wearable.
Wolfies

Wolfies

I chose a stretch cotton sateen from the Fabric Warehouse that I actually brought specifically for these pants.  The contrast is a stretch cotton and was probably just a wee bit to flimsy, but not that you can tell when I'm wearing them.

I made these on Saturday afternoon and worn them all day Sunday.  Initially I was really critical of them but they were actually quite comfy to wear.

I think the length is popular this summer and can be worn with a flat for a casual look or a heel for more of a dressy look.  I am 175cm tall and this length is exactly as the pattern provides.  I made a size small.

The pattern was a breeze to whip up.  The trickiest part would be attaching the front contrast and just because they are two curves bending in opposite directions.  So now is the time I should fess up to a wee boo boo!  I did read the pattern that said a 1cm seam allowance was provided, but when I got to driving the sewing machine I still stitched them up using a 1.5cm seam allowance.  It wasn't until I got to the side seams did I realise I was in auto pilot mode!  So the poor side seams are probably only .8cm.  Apart from being a bit tight around the lower thigh the fit if comfortable.

Wolfies

There is probably a bit too much fabric in the front which could be moved to the back, if I just knew what to adjust to fix that!

I haven't got many good photos, because my photographer daughter just wasn't interested in helping me out.  So there are a few more photos on my Flickr (far tooooo many butt shots than I feel comfortable with, but oh well I was grateful for any at all this day.

16 comments:

  1. Nice pants, and yes, slightly cropped pants are still a thing!!! I really like the pattern too, but just like you I don't know how to fix fitting issues when it comes to pants... Congrats on winning the prize!

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    1. So funny my daughter came home this afternoon with two pair of jeans with "ankle bitter" written on the label! I think more reading is required so I can work out how to adjust the fit ....

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  2. Wow, you did a terrific job on these trousers! The pattern looks quite lovely with its colour blocked sides like that. I think they fit you really well. I'm not sure how to take out that excess fabric from the front. I know that folks pin it out and then transfer that excess out from the paper pattern, but I'm not sure exactly how.

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    1. Thanks Catja. I'm glad that they are comfy to wear anyway :-)

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  3. I haven't made any of their patterns yet but I am eyeing up the bomber jacket - I think it could be the perfect base for a 40s style bomber jacket :)

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    1. Oh you must try one of their patterns - the packaging is amazing, the pattern is a we craft project and the patterns are a dream to sew. I'm gonna make the Ensis Tee next.

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    1. Thanks, I'm sure I will wear then often over the summer.

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  5. Love them! I'm kinda half-scared and half in love with this pattern. I have it, but haven't been brave enough to make it up yet! I'm loving your version, and it may just be inspiring me enough to take the plunge and hunt out some fabric for a pair of my own. ;-)

    The black contrast is great, too. :-)

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    1. the pattern itself is a dream to sew up and not difficult at all. They are comfy to wear :-) Take the plunge, I'm sure you won't regret it.

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  6. Great pants. Moving fabric from the front to the back is all in the crotch curve.

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    1. Thanks Gail. I almost don't want to touch the crotch curve cause they are so comfy through the crotch - no pulling in the wrong direction at all! I'll get reading on how to adjust the crotch curve - thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

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  7. These look great on you. I love the black accents. I am as always in awe of your sewing.

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    1. Awww thanks. I really like the fabric, just need to work on my pant fitting abilities.

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  8. The perfect fabric choice! And I think they fit you great. I want to make these up too (gosh I write that a lot, ok, along with a million other things!) but I am also nervous if I can pull them off. I don't usually go for straight leg and but I can see how they would look killer with heels (matt black with shiny insert for a tuxedo look maybe?) and I love them with flat sandals too. Perfect for those Wellington days when it's warm but only warm enough for ankles ;)

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    1. Honestly I wasn't really sure about the style before I made them, but I figured that if I didn't like them (or complete screwed up the fit!) then it would have only cost me $30 and a bit of time. Once I work out how to fix the excess fabric issue I would like to make another pair, perhaps full length - ooh & the tuxedo look sounds great.

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