Enough shopping, readers, let's get back to sewing!
Today I got started on my gray cotton-mohair suit; I'm making the pants first.
I treated myself to some fancy (for me) thread: Gutermann. I generally don't fuss too much about thread. Most of the thread I use comes from SIL Thread in the Garment District (their own brand), or I use Coats & Clark -- never had a problem with either. For my white linen pants I used a spool of Mettler polyester thread I'd been given, which I thought was very nice -- fine but strong.
I know there's a lot of information out there about choosing the right thread, but honestly, I have never had a seam open on me because I used bad thread -- even when I've used (gasp!) serger thread in my sewing machine. Of course, I always use new thread, never vintage from the flea market. The Gutermann feels a little stronger than my normal thread, which for pants seems like a good thing. (When I topstitch jeans I do use thicker topstitching thread.)
Do you think there's all that big a difference in thread quality from brand to brand? I wonder. None of my sewing machines have ever been fussy about thread.
Anyway, today I cut my pants fabric and made my two front pockets. Just as I did with the linen pants, I combined a favorite shorts pattern (Simplicity 3044) with in-print Kwik Sew jeans pattern 3504. I know it sounds strange but there's currently no long pants pattern that's exactly what I want -- not in my stash anyway.
As on my linen pants, the pocketing will extend all the way to the fly, serving as a sort of lining for the entire front.
The pocket itself has French seams (the extension is just folded under and stitched). With the two front pockets finished, I attached them to the pants fronts. (Since the fly and fly facing will be stitched over the edge of the pocketing, I did the pockets first; I'll do the front fly tomorrow.)
I expect these pants to be straightforward. The challenge will be the matching jacket; I'm leaving myself plenty of time for that.
In closing, readers, do you swear by a particular brand of thread?
Does it really matter what thread you use (and if so, why exactly)?
Have a great day, everybody!