Last year at Fabricland, the great Canadian chain store, they had a rather nice and very beefy ponte-type knit. I couldn't resist and a pant length came home with me. In stash, a mistake from on-line shopping years ago at Wazoodle, was quite a lot of of black synthetic (supplex nylon) knit fabric with a plush surface. It's softer than the lining of my RTW pants, by a factor of 10 or so.
I muslined the interesting pants from the December, 2009 issue of Burda Magazine. Here's the line drawing.
The curved seam goes around to the back where it incorporates the dart shaping needed, and makes a little yoke.
I left off the pockets.
The biggest challenges in making these were to ensure the seams would stay flat and smooth in both lining and outer fabric. I sewed the pants entirely on my sewing machine, using a 1.5x1.5mm zig zag stitch which is stretchy but thin enough to press open.
For the outer layer, I topstitched using the same tiny zig zag stitch before trimming the seam allowances. In the lining, I flattened the seam using a 3-step zig zag, and trimmed the seam allowance very close to the stitching. This worked really well.
It's hard to take a good picture of a really black garment, and the camera finds every bit of lint!
To keep the waist and fly front relatively bulk-free, I used a cotton woven fabric for the waistband and fly facings, and the fly shield. I also interfaced the outer waistband to reduce stretchiness almost to zero there.
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A jeans button (hammered in, no sewing!) and machine sewn hems through all layers completed these pants.
They are warm.
And they are SO COMFY!
What excellent trousers. Your curved seams are so admirably smooth. The curling posture looks rather extreme, your trousers would have to be tough and stretchy!ReplyDelete
Perfect in every way.ReplyDelete
When I am old(er) and gray(er) I hope that I make something (anything) that fits as well as everything you make does! They look fabulous - and uber practical too!ReplyDelete
I've never seen curling except in the Olympics, but those look like they'll do nicely. They look good too, always a plus.ReplyDelete
These look great on you and sound like they will certainly be a perfect curling pant!ReplyDelete
What fabulous pants! The fit is perfect, and the style perfect for curling.ReplyDelete
Beautiful, Kay. I'm very impressed, as always! It's almost wasteful to wear them at the curling rink!ReplyDelete
You are so awesome, sewing lawyer (Kay)! Really, you had me at biking. But now, curling - and curling pants! Fantastic!ReplyDelete
These are great - I love all the detail in fitting and I'm not a curler (is that a word?) but they not only look comfy, but they look like they would make you look great!!!ReplyDelete
Pants for curling? Now that's something I hadn't thought of sewing ;)ReplyDelete
These look too nice to be active pants. The seaming is really nice. I'm actually wearing my version of these pants (in stretch twill) right now. Love them.ReplyDelete
Wow! These are outstanding.ReplyDelete
I cannot believe how great these look. The seaming is so pretty. No-one would guess these were extra warm "sport" pants.ReplyDelete
Mary in Thailand
Super génial ! Ce que j'adore de la conjonction entre la couture et internet c'est de voir le fruit de la créativité de chacune. Je me rappelle de ce patron et je n'étais pas certaine qu'il serait confortable et beau. Et bien, ton projet me prouve qu'entre des mains habiles, ce pantalon donne des résultats fabuleux. J'adore l'ajustement que tu as réalisé. Il tombe à la perfection. En passant, tu es mince comme un fil Kay, ton trainer ne te défonce pas trop j'espère ;-) ? You look fabulous my dear !ReplyDelete
Wow, Kay those are one pair of chic curling pants! I have become a fan of watching curling over the years.ReplyDelete
I really like the design of these pants. They look great.ReplyDelete