Although I've always loved the idea of making my own clothes, the thought of it terrified me. With the help and encouragement of others, it has got a lot easier, but most times I'm out of my comfort zone, but I still give it a go. This week, I was going to try and make trousers. They weren't going to be difficult ones with a zip or anything, just something simple. That was the idea, but as you know, things don't always go to plan.
I save patterns and idea on Pinterest, so over the weekend, I went through some of my pins. I deleted the ones that no longer worked and then came across a patter for the sort of trousers I thought I could manage. I downloaded the pattern, but for some reason, I couldn't get it to print properly. The only thing left for me to do was use a pair of trousers I already had to create a pattern.
(I should have realised that the trousers I used to base the pattern on was not for the same type of fabric I was using. That was the cause of problems further along the line)
I cut out the pattern and pinned it to my fabric. I added a bit extra to allow for the seam allowance and then proceeded to assemble. I was quite pleased when I added pockets and sewed up the seam, I had what looked like two trouser legs. Very satisfying indeed!
The next stage was to sew the two legs together. I'd been warned to double check that rights of the legs were together at this stage. I put on leg inside the other, double and triple checked right sides were together, and Voila!
I again put one leg inside the other. I double and triple checked that rights side were together, but I also double checked that the pockets were together. The result was something resembling a pair of trousers and what was even more surprising, I could get them on! Actually, I was quite pleased with the result. Then came the waistband.
I knew from the start, this was going to be a learning curve. The fabric I used, I didn't have to pay for, it's cost me nothing. I now know I can make trousers. I've also learned the changes I need to make. So, as they are, I may not be able to wear them, but I'm so pleased with the way they turned out.
The legs still need hemming, but I wasn't going to do that if I wasn't going to be able to use the trousers. I had thought that I may find someone that they would fit, but last night, I happened to be browsing Pinterest and came across a tutorial for a remedy. I'll let you know if it works.
All I can say is, not everything I do works out the way it should, but I get to learn lessons along the way. I'm not going to forget the line up the proper seams in a hurry, and I'll certainly make sure that the waistband will go over my hips.
My advice is, don't let your fear hold you back. Give things a go. They may not always go to plan, but you will learn so much from the experience and you never know, you might just amaze yourself!
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