Sep 292016

I made gigantic pants! I’m so excited! This is Vogue 8499 view C, which I coveted after I saw Cat in a Wardrobe’s adorable stripey version (which I have fabric to copy with next, hehehe).

vogue 8499 view C

PatternReview reviews were so helpful — I read and reread people’s posts, and they helped steer me towards making the size 6. (I did still dither a lot, and I double checked by measuring the pattern pieces, but I can’t seem to avoid that yet.) I have 27.5″ waist and 37″ hip measurements, whereas the size 6 is listed for 23″ waist and 32.5″ hip measurements, but the size 6 fits perfectly. Ease city!

This version was my wearable muslin, but I didn’t end up needing to make any modifications so this is straight off the pattern. Even the pant length is not too bad — I’m 5’2″ and they do pool a little at my heels, but not so much that I’m stepping on my pants all the time. It is funny how low the knee darts (which I love!) end up on my calves, but I love the shape too much to want to try shortening them.

vogue 8499 view C

I like that even though these are elastic waist pants, the front waistband is flat. (When I bought the pattern, I actually didn’t realize that there was elastic in the back since I’m terrible at reading the information right there on the pattern envelope.)

vogue 8499 view C

Since I sewed most of the leg panels together without the topstitching so I could adjust the fit if needed, I ended up doing a lot of topstitching all at once, and that saved me from having to switch between my topstitching and regular thread a few times. You might notice that I ignored the instruction to topstitch at 1/2″ from the seam. Instead, I eyeballed arbitrary amounts from my presser foot — I think these are at about 1/8″ or 1/16″.

vogue 8499 view C

Here’s my fancy styling: cuffed like Cat in a Wardrobe! 😀 These are made with linen, so I’m excited to try wearing them somewhere hot and mosquitoey and seeing if such huge pants really do keep me cool. All my life, I’ve worn shorts and smaller shirts when it’s hot, and it’s only been recently that I’ve noticed that people bring out the maxi dresses and giant linen things in the summer. It doesn’t make sense to me, but maybe it will once I try!

vogue 8499 view C, cuffed

Styling disclaimer: I don’t have the guts to wear these pants with a cropped shirt in real life; I just wore this shirt for pictures so you could see the waistband. 😀

Sep 172015

I’m posting over at imagine gnats today about the Vogue Ralph Rucci top (V1437) I made recently with Rachael’s awesome rayon challis!
ralph rucci top vogue v1437

I made a wearable muslin beforehand using cheapie stuff from Fabric Mart, and this is just the straight size 6 with no alterations. The upper back was quite tight, which made it hard for me to reach forward. Fortunately, I had planned to wear this at work, and I don’t move around much there! 😀
blue Ralph Rucci top vogue v1437

Even though I feel a little impatient while I’m making practice garments (since I don’t bother with proper muslins, hah), it sure is nice ending up with two wearable items instead of just one!
blue Ralph Rucci top voge v1437