Me Made May 2013 has officially started!

I am very exited with the Me-Made-May 2013 challenge. Specially that I promised myself to make during this month a pants. I have bought so beautiful fabrics that I cannot wait to wear them.

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I am using the Vogue pattern V8781 model E – straight-legged pants with waistband with hook/eye closure and mock fly zipper. Generally speaking the model is very simple and that’s what I like about it. It would be a good basis for other pants.

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I have made a pattern for size 10 as usual and started to work on muslin – I used a piece of fabric for curtains I once bought. After the 1st try pants were ready I have seen all kind of folds, wrinkles and gathers.

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So I started to studying a very good book – Fitting & Pattern Alteration by Elizabeth G. Leichty, Della Poterburg-Steineckert, Judith A. Rasband – I have bought few months ago.

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This book shows possible cases of wrinkles due to the figure shape and the different ways of dealing with them. It is as well presenting the pattern alterations depending on whether you are dealing with RTW garment or self-drafted pattern – very handy.Me-Made-May '13, MMM2013, Muslin, Trousers, vogue

When you are on your own it is ‘easier’ to check and alternate the front of the muslin and almost impossible to really see and correct back parts. Additionally the Vogue pattern is designed for a woven fabric and I am making my pants from woven stretch fabric.

I have transferred all adjustments on the pattern

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and I have made second muslin. This time from the woven stretch fabric (the same as my future pants).

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The results where a little better but still there was a lot of wrinkles…

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After the second one I took an old RTW pants I am not wearing any more (only when painting 🙂  and cut it in pieces. They are not so perfect but I was hoping it would help.

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As you can see the differences are huge.

I adjusted the pattern and muslin and sew it again. Well, it was a little better

I am a little fed up with this all corrections. I am making my last muslin – hopefully wearable – from the stretch woven jeans fabric. I do not have enough fabric to make the full  length trousers so either I will keep it short (maybe I will make even shorter) of I will add a ‘cuffs’.  The most important it has to fit first 🙂

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So three muslins further I am almost back to the beginning. The wrinkles are still there – true a little less – but still, plus I see other issues as well, hrrrr…..

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I am checking again the fitting book, reading all fitting advises in Threads magazines (which actually are showing only simple adjustments so even less then in the book) and I have enrolled to the Craftsy online course Pant Fitting Techniques by Sandra Betzina.

Other option is to draft self the basic pattern for the trousers. It would be a good exercise.

If this will not work I will just sell the fabrics and start to work on a Chanel-like jacket.

Yes, I know why I prefer to make and wear dresses, rocks and jackets… 🙂

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My name is Beata - I am manager, mentor, coach, personal stylist, couturier and jewelry designer. I founded Red Point Tailor with the vision to use my creative abilities, experience and knowledge to inspire, motivate, educate and empower you in finding your own sense of freedom and a fulfilled life. Under the label Red Point Tailor I design and create unique and elegant jewellery inspired by the simplicity of the Art Deco period. My goal is to make women feel elegant, smart, feminine… and utterly fabulous! Haute Couture is my passion. In my free time I read books, make own garments or sail together with my husband.
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10 Responses to Me Made May 2013 has officially started!

  1. sarah liz says:

    Hello, I’ve just “found” you via Marguerite designs – I’ve joined her virtual meet as well. Like you I am struggling with pants fitting – I don’t know how many muslins I have made, and like you, always back to the beginning. I can’t get RTW that fits me either. I don’t know what it is about pants, but they give everyone headaches. I’ve got a post on my latest problems on my blog too. sarahlizsewstyle.blogspot.com

    • Thanks a lot! It is so wonderful to have this internet and meet so many people from all other the world. It’s still amaze me and I love it!
      I will check your blog – I am feeling better knowing I am not alone ;-). I have enrolled to the Pants Fitting online course and I am going to buy the Fit for real people – pants – book… I am getting mad!
      I have to do it!
      Long, long ago I asked my friend (we were studying together at the sewing school; she went on with her sewing carrier and started her own atelier) to make the pens for me. I know she was struggling as well! I remember her getting almost crazy as well :-). She went to our old school master for advise and I had perfect pants in the end.
      Now it is time for me to solve this mystery 🙂

  2. Anthea says:

    Do you know the book: pants for real people?

    I don’t have this book, but I have read about it on a couple of blogs, and people are very positive about it. Maybe it will help you to get the proper fit.

    • Thanks for the tip. I know this book. I was thinking of buying this as well… maybe I will. I really want to make perfect (maybe almost) pants.

  3. KasiaB says:

    Podziwiam! wiem ile jest z dopasowywaniem spodni kłopotów. Ja jestem zmuszona szyć sobie sama spodnie , bo w sklepie żadne na mnie nie pasują 😦 Niestety mam taką sylwetkę że sklepowe ciuchy odpadają. Chyba że całkiem luźne i workowate, a takich nie lubię bo niepotrzebnie dodają kilogramów!! Życzę powodzenia w szyciu spodni, wiem że dasz radę bo szyjesz piękne ubrania 🙂

    • Dziekuje za dodanie otuchy. Jako osoba doswiadczona moze masz jakies porady odnosnie tych fald z przodu i z tylu? Ja juz robie 4 model i wydaje mi sie, ze poprawilam – a tu niespodzianka – znow sa …
      No coz, zrobmy kolejne podejscie 🙂
      A twoja figura to jak modelki… to oczywiste, ze nie maja takich modeli w sklepach 🙂

  4. I agree, you are brave. I I’ve been staring at a pants pattern for weeks now, and can’t muster the nerve to even cut a muslin. Those crotches are just tricky.

    • I have made few pants before but I have never done proper fitting. They have never were good. I know that making one good muslin will work for all other pants I am going to make in the future (did I 😉 ).
      But I am so puzzled with this crotch fitting… I put on; I mark changed; I correct patterns; I sew again; and again the same issue. I just don’t get it. Let’s make another muslin 🙂

  5. Lucia says:

    Oh, you are brave! I have been wearing only dresses and skirts because i dont dare yet trying to fit pants. I have to say your last muslin looked quite good to me. But do let us know how the Craftsy class goes, perhaps that is what i need to give me the courage to try pants. Good luck!

    • Thanks… It had to happened one day… and this was just the perfect opportunity. I am now making 4th muslin… It is all about the crotch shape/length/depth 😉

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