Readers, Michael had an opera matinee today and during intermission, sent me some iPhone shots of a man's pants he wanted me to see. Different, no?
Exiting the theater Michael took a few more photos (this time with the man's permission).
Apparently the guy added the zippers himself to a pair of RTW pants (along with decorating the shirt with sequined trim). Creative!
Speaking of pants, I'm nearly finished with my gray suit pants, but it
hasn't been a waltz in the park. This fabric -- a gorgeous
cotton-mohair blend -- is somewhat stiff. It does have a beautiful
drape, but there's a sort of "wiriness" to the blend which I guess is
from those long strands of mohair. It's very tightly woven, extremely
strong, and very unforgiving.
One of the double-welt back pockets took me over an hour, the other took ten minutes -- go figure. The fabric is so unforgiving that everything must be just-so. There's much more pressing to be done but it could be worse...
After I put the waistband on but before I pressed the seams, I checked the fit. Michael thought the legs were too full.
I took the pants in on the sides as well as at the inseam and backside. Now they're not as full but I'm not sure this is an improvement.
I'm not loving the wrinkles in the crotch area; these aren't jeans after
all. I think they should drape more even if that means they're wider.
I don't have long thin legs and I'm not tall, so this is always a bit
of an issue I have with pants: tight legs aren't flattering; wide
legs shorten me. It's also hard to tell how pants are going
to look when they're folded up at the bottom.
I'm going to put these aside and look at them with fresh eyes in the morning. I may go with the fuller leg in the end.
Readers, that's all for now.
In closing, are you a creative type of person who likes to embellish your RTW clothes? I don't think I've even put an embroidery patch on a ripped knee let alone sew zippers on legs -- I'm just not inventive that way.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!