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Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 29th July
« on: Today at 08:45:04 »
Morning lovely people.

Blue skies and blustery this morning.

Seems ages since I’ve been on here… It has been ages since I’ve been on here!

My mum had a nasty fall in June and broke her arm. She lives at the other end of the country so I’ve been staying with her to help out. She’s back to her old self now and well on her way to a telegram from the Queen so I’m back home glued to the Olympics.  :perfect10:

Hope today treats you well.

In the wardrobe / Re: Pietra Pants and Shorts
« on: June 14, 2021, 09:33:24 AM »
@HenriettaMaria A fitting shell sounds a really good idea. I hadn’t thought of that. It would be great to end up with flat pattern pieces that represent my shape so I can use them as a guide for other patterns.  :thumbsup:

  Not quite sure what you’re expecting from an elasticated  waist pattern.   

Perfection  :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
No, I'm joking, but a fighting chance would have been nice. :D

The front of the pattern has a very long interfaced facing which is panelled to give shaping. It also gives a lot of structure.The back is practically a large rectangle of fabric. The difference in volume between the back and the front is huge…. And made worse by the high waisted design. I didn’t take a photo of the shorts sewn with the original back.....  :scream:

I think this pattern is drafted for someone who carries their inches on their large pert bottom, not their saggy tummy.  :rolleyes:
This was my first attempt at sewing trousers and initially the pattern alterations I needed to make weren’t obvious to me at all so it was great to be able to ask for advice and suggestions from this forum.    :thumbsup:

Without you lovely lot I doubt I would have finished them. x

In the wardrobe / Re: Pietra Pants and Shorts
« on: June 13, 2021, 19:03:29 PM »
Being a stuborn B***** and resenting paying 20 quid for a pattern and then not being able to use it.
Do you know how many minature gins you can buy for £20?  :laughing:
I persevered until I came up with something wearable!

I lowered the waist, tapered the back pattern pieces from my hip upwards & followed people's suggstions and added darts. I started the elastic gathers an inch in from the side seam to prevent the seam from pulling. I interfaced the waistband where I attached the elastic to give it more stability.
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Still not perfect but for a bottom like mine I think this is as good as it's going to get!

Also when I wear them in the garden .... or perhaps the beach  :thumbsup: I won't have the t shirt tucked it.   :rolleyes: It will be covering my derriere.  :)

I'll definitely use this pattern to make more shorts this Summer and I may even use it for a pair of wide leg trousers. :)

In the wardrobe / Re: Pietra Pants and Shorts
« on: June 08, 2021, 19:27:18 PM »
Thank you all for your advice and suggestions. I now have a list of trouser patterns to check out. :thumbsup:

And I would never have thought of using elastic in the sides. That's a really clever solution.

The fabric I used for the toile is a really soft chambray I had left over from making my PJ bottoms. It does have some weight to it but it isn't as stiff as it looks in my photo.

The bunchy back is the reason I haven't bought the Pietra pants pattern, @Lemon Syllabub  - I know they are very popular but every pair I saw online seemed to have extra fabric there.

@Nevis5 And how stupid am I for not noticing?  :facepalm:

The good thing about attempting to sew this pattern is I've now realised the importance of looking at the b***** line drawing! Just look at the back view.  :boohoo:
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The pattern sits well over and inch higher than my natural waist and as for my bottom .. well, let's just say it isn't as high as it used to be.  :laughing:
There are quite a few VERY flat inches between it and my waist let alone it and an extra inch and a bit above my waist!
I think you need to be either voluptuous or have Amazonian glutes to do this pattern any justice!
Neither of which describes me.  :rolleyes:

I am of course a glutton for punishment and I've spent the last few hours playing about again with my toile. I've lowered the waistline and recut the back pieces. I've eliminated the excess bulk but well..... :rolleyes:
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I'm off to have a gin and do some surfing for trouser patterns.   :dance:

Thanks again for your help.

In the wardrobe / Re: Pietra Pants and Shorts
« on: June 08, 2021, 06:38:24 AM »
@Ohsewsimple I really liked the 'folded over' pocket design.... I do like pockets. This would have been my first pair of trousers that aren't pyjamas! I am on the look out for my very own comfy TNT trouser pattern which unfortunately I don't think is going to be this one.  :rolleyes:

@Efemera I found this  (My new favourite youtube channel!)
She lowered the waistband on her shorts..... a great way of literally cutting off the excess!    :D

In the wardrobe / Pietra Pants and Shorts
« on: June 07, 2021, 13:40:07 PM »
Aghhh. :boohoo: :headbang: :boohoo:

I was wondering if anyone else has tried these?

I’ve read lots of positive reviews, the only criticism seemed to be they run big and some people find the crotch too low.

After struggling with the shorts version of these for 2 days I’ve come to the conclusion I’m the wrong shape for this pattern draft!  :facepalm:

The front is made up of panels that you can tweek to fit. I used a Closet Core size 8 as the starting point for my toile.
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Not sure whether it camouflages or emphasises my rolls of chubby tummy (small hips, big tum!) but if this plus the slightly low crotch were the only niggles I wouldn’t mind.

It’s the back that I can’t get to work for my shape. It’s your basic ‘ 2 legs’ with a waistband for the elastic. They are designed to be very high waisted. The back pattern pieces just go straight up so the extremely generous amount of fabric over your hips is the same width as that for the smallest part of my torso! That’s a lot of gathered fabric! Unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with a bootylicious butt to pad out all of the excess ‘sticky out’ folds and the shorts looked terrible on me!  :o

I unpicked the side seams and traced the smallest size I could onto the back pieces and resewed them to get rid of the swamping amounts of ease. As you can see they still look awful and extremely unflattering AND of course now the side seams are slightly off balance.   :boohoo:
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So what next? I could redraw the back pattern pieces at the sides and centre seam so the fabric tapers above my hips? Or I could add darts to the back and a side zip?…. But then again if I’m going to start adding darts and zips then I think I may prefer to use a pattern that has been drafted to give a closer fit before I start attempting to tweek It? :rolleyes:

The other alternative would be to use a pattern for elasticated waist trousers that I know fit and that sit on or just below my natural waist and redraft its front pieces to have similar design lines as the Pietra Pants????

What would you lovely people do?

@Helen M I'm on quite a few mailing lists.... :rolleyes: Usually I avoid temptation....but not always  :devil:

There's 15% off everything at Fabric Godmother this weekend using this code YAYHOLIDAY

In the wardrobe / Re: Itch to Stitch Recoleta dress
« on: May 27, 2021, 08:29:23 AM »
Lovely dress. I love the feel of good quality cotton and I love the idea of a lined dress. (I'm going to put that on my ever growing challenge list.) :thumbsup:

Technical Help / Re: A gathered cuff
« on: May 26, 2021, 09:51:48 AM »
I'm still learning.

Me too. Most of the time I think I just wing it, making it up as I go!
I think if I had a sewing teacher watching over my shoulder they would be muttering disapprovingly and reaching for the gin  :rolleyes:

Technical Help / Re: A gathered cuff
« on: May 26, 2021, 09:01:17 AM »
Hi Diane, I had a similar problem. I recently made an overdress from a burnout fabric that frayed if you so much as looked at it the wrong way.  :rant:

The skirt part seemed to be metres of gathering and the only way I could cope with the endless fraying was to hem the bodice and the top edge of the fabric about to be gathered before I gathered it. Not sure I've made much sense... (what's new!!) but basically all of my raw edges were concealled before I attached the gathers.

My fabric was very thin so it didn't add to the bulk.

Good luck with what ever you decide to do.

I agree it's a lovely blouse pattern.  :)

In the wardrobe / Ruffles
« on: May 25, 2021, 17:14:43 PM »
Ruffles seem to be everywhere at the moment. I’m not really a flouncy type but I found this pattern with its very subtle ‘ruffly cuffs’.

I don’t need another shirt pattern and I thought the frills would be easy to add to a pattern I already own. I watched this video to double check how to do them. The commentary is in French but the visuals are very easy to follow. Sewing the cuffs starts at 33.46 if anyone wants a peek.

Here’s one of my finished cuffs….
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I am wearing the shirt whilst taking the photo so apologies for the strange angle.   :rolleyes:

The cuffs feel very 1970’s and I quite like them.

Closet Core Patterns have got a 20% off sale until 24th May if anyone's interested.

In the wardrobe / Re: Grainline Linden sweatshirt
« on: May 18, 2021, 13:16:37 PM »
I love the colour. I would wear it loads too if it were mine. :thumbsup:

I've made a note of what you said about using a different seam allowance to cater for the stretchier fabric. I'm such a novice when it comes to sewing knits; it's great to read the details of how accomplished TSPers sew their projects.  :)

Alterations Advice Please / Re: Patching jeans ... yet again!
« on: May 16, 2021, 14:46:04 PM »
The other day (yet again) I fell over and to my dismay opened a small hole in the leg of my new (to me £6 in the charity) black jeans.

Ouch! Hope you're OK.

The last time I tried to patch a pair of jeans they looked worse than when I started. :rolleyes:

You could just be a fashionista and go with the whole distressed jean look?

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