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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pants on a cold day

First the photographer, in putting some hot water in a bucket to thaw out the heat pump. The funny look on his face is he thought doing an outside photoshoot was sort of a dumb idea today.

Mitts I knit and felted out of Lopi. They are a bit like wearing a roll of paper towel on your hands, but warm.

I caught myself feeling particularly happy today and then I realized why. 

Snow has slowed this city down to a near standstill and I have been able to do nothing but cocoon in here with my husband and my dog and sew.


Since I was in a fooling around mood and, waiting still for those summer patterns and raincoat pattern to arrive from BMV, I decided to try the Claudia pattern from StyleArc. 

I have been feeling I wanted narrow ankle pants lately. 

Those full hem, thin thigh, dropped waist pants that have been in for so long are annoying me. Of course they look elegant worn the way they are supposed to be with 4" heels and long hems that touch the ground but if you have the kind of life where you are running up hills late for class, or loading dogs and grandchildren into cars, you wear flats and instead elegant you get flappy hems and stubby looking legs.

So the Claudia pant appealed to me. 

It is meant to be made out of stretch woven, and I had that, and have a seam down the centre of the leg which creates a feel of a crease. 

One thing I can tell you if you are thinking of getting into the new slimmer pants, is they absolutely have to have a crease to look right - a relief in a way for us old school mother types who learned the hard way "Moooom, you ruined my pants you ironed lines down them", that creases were now longer in - because now they are back.

The waist is also waist high and there is a dart in the middle of the back hem, I am not sure why but I am sure it is very useful.

This particular pattern was not on my pile-o-pants and now I wish it had been, because these are comfortable and would make good every day pants. Now I just need some nice stretch woven cotton which is going to require some fabric buying somewhere other than the bottom of the street.

Here are the shots. 

Taken on location, styled with some wet mitts and some cord from some snow blowing unit on the sidewalk and with fox terrier accents, and shorty snowboots:

My bum, Rascal's bum. The fabric is stretch so they are more comfortable than it might look in that area and I have learned to live with the under the rear wrinkles that you get when you need a lot of fabric to cover that part and then the fabric has to hit skinnier legs. Some things in life are to be lived with.

Since I was already amusing the neighbourhood with having my picture taken outside on a cold day I decided to show you some of my Vogue 1264 pants, four variations of which I made for my SWAP.

Here they are as per pattern in wool gabardine. 

The thigh is quite full in this pant, which is good in gab if you want them to be comfortable to sit down in which these are. I lengthened them because the original pattern is above the ankle by a lot but I over did it. This afternoon I am going to go back and chop 1 1/2" inches off the hem and re-hem them - another thing I learned about these slim pants, in addition to the need for creases, is they really need to be shorter so they look current and not '80s.

See what I mean? This will be fine much shorter with the right shoe. There can not be any kind of fold in the crease in pants like this.
Finally here is the same Vogue pattern in a stretch woven, leg narrowed a bit as a result and a short length.

So that does it for me for pants for a while, about seven pairs all up and only one to re-hem. 

Back to work tomorrow and to incubating the next projects.


Carol in Denver said...

Your lovely figure and fabric choices create excellent showpieces for these patterns. I bow before your fortitude in posing in the cold, leaving the cosy warmth of your home; thank you for your commitment to the sewing community.

Carole said...

I appreciate your courage for going out in that snow so we can see the fit of those patterns. I like Style Arc pants but haven't yet tried the Claudia, so it's now on my list, thanks! And thanks to your husband for being the photographer. Good job for sewing so many pants in a row!

Vicky F said...

Do I see goosebumps?

Looks like you made some great everyday wear (that could also be dressed up).

Vicky F in Michigan

Bunny said...

Oh, my, do you have hypothermia yet? The pants look great.

Nana said...

Lovely pants. Nice fit. and I am with you about being tired of low rise, wide leg. As we age....heals are not our fashion, thus making it very hard to find pants. Thanks for the great post.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I'm sure the pants are lovely but I can't get past the fact that you're standing in the snow without a coat on. I'm freezing just looking at the pics!

Anonymous said...

I love those white pants, Barb. What are a few bum wrinkles. I'm dealing with under the eye,under neck and and under the arm wrinkles.But I am what I am.

Snow blowing guys love those felted mittens and I do too. Just finished Snowblower 101. DH had eye surgery and reinforcements had to be called in. It will look good on my CV,won't it.


carolinascallin said...

WHEW...on location photo shoot in the snow? You guys are tough!

LOVE the pants! I've always liked slimmer, sleeker fitting pants, and these look great. Adding that pattern to my Style Arc order!

Great job! You'll have to post a picture of them once you get them shortened to where you want them. Would love to see the result!

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Louisa said...

Gee, I wouldn't worry about any wrinkles under the behind. I'd be worrying about the permanent goosebumps! Very nice pants, Barbara. Now please go put on your coat!

Beth H said...

Thank you for standing in the snow in *short sleeves* to model for us. I trust that you made your photographer wear a coat! :-)