Happy 146th birthday, Canada!
The fancy jets are the Snowbirds. They show up every year, like clockwork at noon sharp, and fly over the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. That's after they scare the bejeezus out of us on their way there at 11:57 or so, as we live underneath their low altitude flight path.
Later, there will be fireworks in the same locale. It has been years since The Sewing Lawyer has ventured close enough to downtown after dark on July 1 to really feel the explosions, and from a sedate distance they are pretty, but not very exciting.
Maybe my new cropped linen pants are more exciting? I'm wearing them now, and they came with me to Washington DC where they performed like champs in the very hot and humid weather that blanketed most of eastern North America last week.
The pattern is from the May 2008 edition of Burda Magazine. And this is the third time I have made these pants. They are extremely comfy for summer and (I flatter myself) I think they look pretty good. To my surprise I again added the vestigial flaps (no pockets) with two decorative buttons as well as the zippered (real) pockets that hardly ever see any use, and the belt loops which often go without a real belt. And I again made a belt, though this time I added little ties instead of a bulky buckle.
Here is a close up of the front.
In previous versions I used boring nylon zippers. This time I went all out and bought shiny gold metal zips to mimic Burda's version (at right). Too bad I can never find ones with interesting pulls.
The main novelty of this version is that I underlined the top part with a flesh-toned cotton interlock knit. My intention was to hide the pocket bags and the outline of my (perhaps) white undies, since my fabric is white linen. It looks strange off the body, since the flaps and belt are perceptibly whiter. Somehow this colour discrepancy is less noticeable when I am wearing them.
I lucked out with the underlining fabric. I went around my local Fabricland fondling fabric based exclusively on colour. I thought a lightweight woven might be best, perhaps a cotton/poly blend. But the interlock was the right price at $3/metre as well as the right colour, and when I tested it I found it was pure cotton. In addition to hiding the inner details from outer view, this fabric also helps reduce the crotch wrinkling factor which is a definite plus. And it makes the pants very comfortable without making them any hotter to wear.
|Check out the clean-finished belt loop!|
I also used this technique for the fly front which is neatly finished with no waistband, just facings. Try it. The trick is not to topstitch ANYTHING until you have completely finished putting it together.
And I made the belt, using the facing pieces from the pattern (with a seam at CB only). Because the pieces are curved, they are on the bias at CB. To counteract this, I interfaced all the pieces with the grain of the weft insertion fusible interfacing going the opposite way (i.e. the CF of the interfacing is on the bias and the CB on the straight grain). This prevents the belt from stretching and getting narrower where it is on the bias.
|See the difference?|
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