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Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Proof of concept

THIS, is why I adore watching Sewing Bee and hate making clothes. How I wish I had an easy pattern for this sort of trouser. If anyone has one that is incredibly simple and utterly idiot proof please share.

A friend asked about yesterday's photo:



The striped ones in the middle were from a charity shop, at least 10 years ago but possibly more.
The blue on the left [which are my mostest favouritest in the WURLD] were bought in Fort William in July 2005 . . .
The pair on the right are so old I have no recollection when/where I bought them . . .



All three started with elasticated waists which have “died” with old age. I am trying to replace the old waistbands with a stretch jersey to make Yoga Pant waistbands. This afternoon’s “proof of concept” has gone well, for a given value of “well” and I now know I have to take 2½ inches out of the tubular stretch jersey I bought to do the job. Life would often be a lot easier if I was fatter 😬 😱. I know I said I was putting off this job, but I realised the longer I left it the 'bigger' I would make the problem in my head, and that I just needed to start.

I got a waistband in, and then promptly cut it off. I could have coped with it being a “bit loose” but trying that tube on before I sewed it did not highlight just how much too big it is. Never mind, that is for tomorrow. I needed to have a sit down and promptly fell half-asleep in front of the telly and supper was late, which proves I had done quite enough thinking (and making it up as I went) for one day and my brain was fried. If I had tried to do any more it would not have ended well.

The blue ‘Ocun’ trousers in the bottom photo are the climbing pants which fit beautifully, so you can see how much excess I have to get rid of. If only I had thought to lay them out like this BEFORE I sewed the band on the first time: I had taken measurements, but clearly neither correctly or in sufficient quantity . . . like I said, this is why I adore watching Sewing Bee and struggle making clothes.







I had a suspicion that I would be removing the first waistband attempt so I'd gone to the trouble of completely unpicking & unfolding the old one which meant I had enough spare fabric to ensure what's been cut off will not cause a 'too small/too short' issue, and Version 2.0 is going to be basted in by hand to check the fit before I go anywhere near the overlocker again.








12 comments:

  1. I think I would have just stitched in a normal waistband, threaded a length of elastic through it, gathered it to the right 'fit' and tied it in a knot - I've no patience with sewing so the easiest solution would do for me :)

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    1. You are quite right Eunice, and ordinary elastic would have worked well but I want the comfort and softness of these jersey bands.

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  2. If I lived nearer I would come and help. When my daughter danced we had to modify one year's costume to turn them into something different for the next year - I ended up doing my daughters' and then everyone elses and often it involved doing something similar to what you are doing with your trouser waistbands.

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    1. Thanks Viv, offer much appreciated 🙂 I watched a couple of YouTubes before I started but "chop it off, whack it in" seems to be considerabled acceptable these days whereas I want neat, tidy and finished properly . . . which might be why things take so long.

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  3. I'm sure like you I over think things, with the knowledge how hard it can be to unpick and redo, I always look at every angle or so I think.

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    1. Constantly over-think Marlene, constantly! It's why these jobs - which are relatively small - take so long 🤣

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  4. I think I would under-think such a project, barge in, needles blazing, and then end up in a tangled, knotted, weeping frustrated heap. Probably not the best approach. Those waistbands look like a bit of comfort-heaven, though..so definitely worth the aggro. xo

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    1. "Comfort heaven" - YES, Mel darling, this is why you are an accomplished author and I just blunder around the keyboard. You have perfectly summed up exactly how they feel.

      Interesting what you say about "jump in, needles blazing" because the actual sewing part of the project is maybe 10% of the whole. The thinking, cogitating, measuring, cutting, unpicking then measuring correctly - that's where the time is.

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  5. Bless you for even attempting such a project. I DETEST alterations. I just about rather make it from scratch as to tackle an alteration. And, I haven't made clothing in many years and have no plans to resume the task.

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    1. I'm not wild about alterations either, but I dislike "wasting" perfectly good clothes even more. But there is a big sense of satisfaction when I can (eventually) bring something back into use.

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  6. I've not made or altered clothes with actual sewing for years ... Wonderweb is my hemming friend. I used to make all my own clothes .... now where did that 'old me' go to I wonder.

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    1. Sue, I am sure the "old you" is still a part of the current you, but life changes us. I have come to the conclusion that it is perfectly OK to move on and no longer want to do things which defined us at a previous time.

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