- Unpicked allll the stitches on the back waistband (sigh) and all the stitches on the cuffs
- Inserted a zipper on the left side
- Cut a line straight up the back of each leg...
Then I sewed that gap right back together again with 5/8" seams, thereby removing about 1 1/4" excess from each leg. I used flat felled seams again, and I'm just going to call those "design elements." There are no mistakes, just design elements waiting to happen. This made the fit much better in the butt, but there was still a lot of excess in the waist, of course. So I added in some darts, one on either side of each newly-made back seam (four in all). That did the trick!
They're pretty wrinkly from wearing, but you get the picture.
As for the back waistband, I had to draft a new one. Instead of using a straight rectangle (like the original pattern), I curved the bottom edge downward because this is how the back pieces curved once the darts were added and I tried them on. I measured carefully with my tape, first the length of the top straight edge and then the length of the bottom curved edge, drafted it, cut it all out, and somehow it fit perfectly. It was a very pleasant surprise, because I really expected it to be harder than this. Not so!
I also chopped off some of the extra length and redid the cuffs. While I was doing everything else, might as well.
I used a heavier fabric for the facing. I think it's a home decorating fabric. It's sturdy enough that I didn't need to interface the waistband. I've never tried this before, but I kinda like the result.
Oh okay, and the bum shot. Sorry everyone, but I have to prove they fit.
I added pockets on the back, because I wanted them, and also because I think they do a good job of hiding how there's one too many seam lines on each leg. Two darts plus a seam up the center of each leg seemed like a lot.
'Nother bum shot...
I really ought to be more excited in these photos. I've been dreaming about making my own pants forever!
Josh's patience for the fashion shoot lasted about three minutes. After that, he started picking peaches.
Last photo I got outta him before I went and got my tripod and finished on my own...
More shorts shots...
Oh wait, there's something more interesting in these photos...
Who's that little fuzzy dude? Oh yeah, it's our ADORABLE NEW KITTEN.
Say hello to Pidgin. He is small and soft, but getting bigger every day. He likes to look outside at the cars that go by.
He totally steals the show, I have to say.
We adopted Pidgin from the shelter last week. I went there with the intention of getting an adult cat, but Josh went straight to the kitten room and started falling in love with them, and that was that. I couldn't say no to one of those little furballs, plus seeing an adult guy playing with a tiny kitten is pretty adorable.
Pidge is awesome. He's rambunctious and sweet, and very brave. I also feel like adopting a cat is kinda like a badge for me as a seamstress. It seems as if every other sewing blogger out there has one. There's Pip and Henry, over at Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing...
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