May 11, 2010
So I decided to dig into that cadet blue cotton twill that's been weighing on me since the day I bought it and make some pants. Believe it or not, I originally thought I would use it to make this:
Which, as you'll recall, became this:
Doesn't that seem like years ago? (I think blog years are like dog years; the time just races by.) Here's a closer look:
There's nothing really wrong with this $2/yd., end-of-bolt fabric -- well, the weave is somewhat off grain I think -- or is it the weft? (Or is that like saying the grain is off grain? Debbie Cook, are you out there?)
I'm not over-the-moon about it, though it does remind me a little of that little blue jumpsuit Nino Castelnuovo wore in "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"-- my favorite Jacques Demy film. (Am I losing you, peeps -- I do try to keep it on an accessible level.)
Anyway, I decided to make these pants with a new (to me) pattern, Kwik Sew 2123.
OK, now I need to rant a bit.
Who decided that it was now acceptable to spell quick with two k's? IMO, there's no surer sign of cultural decay (as if we needed more evidence) than the invention of words like lite, de-lite, EZ, kwik, and their ilk.
Do you notice how they all carry the empty promise of speed, of something (a rich chocolate(y) dessert, say) for nothing (no calories!). Why should anything in life be EZ and why should we be drawn to patterns that are Kwik? What is the rush, peeps? So you'll finish your pants on Friday instead of Wednesday; if you're in such a hurry, go to the Gap. (Do I sound like a curmudgeon? I'm not, really, though I'm old enuf to be one.)
And let's not even talk about the pattern artwork. I mean, was there ever an uglier envelope?
Whatever happened to this?
or -- my personal favorite -- this?
Which man would you rather have take you to a screening of "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," then maybe out for ice cream sodas and a little shoe shopping before ending the night with a friendly peck on the cheek? I rest my case.
Here's how things stand with the pants so far:
I've cut all my fabric, and am now working on some of the pocket details:
As you can see, there's a bit of a stripe in the weave which helps keeps things lined up. If all goes well, I'll have these done by the end of the day: after sewing vintage dresses with nothing but perforations on the pattern pieces, this seems like a breeze. So EZ.
OK, time for more coffee and then on to my pants, kwik, kwik, kwik!
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