Sunday, 27 July 2014

Thank you.

Thank you all so much for your advice about sewing with slippery fabrics: so motivating and inspiring. I'm pleased to say it has helped me to salvage the harem pants!


It was a lot easier once I got back to them. They are not the greatest sewing-wise (a little wonky), but they're oh so comfy.  Elasticated waists, how I love thee!

The main things I took from the advice were: lots of pins, baste well and go slowly! I'm also busy looking into starch spray, and sewing with paper, for when I work with my lovely new slippery and silky rayon fabric. But for now, here's the details of my practice refashion...


This was a very simple re-size.  I brought the sides and inside led seams in by an inch.  I managed to do the sides by using french seams.  The inside leg I just sewed straight, then used a zig zag to secure the edges.


I've tapered them in dramatically compared with the 80's original. I am looking forward to wearing them as they are so light and airy. Perfect for this heatwave we are experiencing.

I think they are pretty shapely, considering, but my husband thinks I look silly in them!  Arrggh! I'm going to wear them anyway, of course.


Thank you again for all your advice, The online sewing community is fantastic, and so supportive.  I love this bloggin' lark.

10 comments:

  1. It's official that husbands know nothing about women's clothes. Ignore him and wear them anyway. They look great on you! ��

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  2. Glad you managed to sort the problems out! The look super comfy!

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    1. Thank you. Oh they are so comfy, so light. I've been watching all the young trendy mums wearing these in the playground and wondering if I dare wear them myself.

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  3. Well done! They look good, nice peg-legs. I've been sewing baggy trousers too using McCall's M6514. At the moment they're a bit too Hammertime so have to alter them - too afraid to blog at the moment... May do if I can get them to look less outré with my ample derrière!

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    1. Yes that's what i was afraid of too. Mine are still rather baggy, but fun I think! Good lock with yours. Looking forward to seeing them on the blog soon.

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  4. They look great! Don't listen to the husband ;) I get the side-eye from mine all the time. I just ignore it :)

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  5. Party time in the Harem Pants! They look comfy and chic. Enjoy them. Lounge in them. Read books and drink margaritas in them. Swoon in them... ha! :)

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  6. Thank you, they are so comfy. Cor... can't remember the last time I had a margaritas! Yum yum.

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