My relationship with Instagram has changed a lot over the last few months, and I’ve been thinking about whether my little corner of the internet brings any value to the sewing community. Taking photos of my makes has seemed a bigger chore than usual recently, and the decision of which photo to post is usually governed by which one I look the least stupid in, rather than the one that best shows the garment! It may help my self-esteem, but it doesn’t necessarily help anyone decide whether or not they want to make a pattern or buy a particular fabric.
I won’t make any promises (please see aforementioned aversion to taking photos!) but I will at least endeavour to take and share pictures that show the fit/drape etc. As I’m not making as much as I used to, I’ve decided to use some of these little squares to share my older makes from all angles and #SewnShownSeated. Assuming this is useful, I’ll be working my way through my wardrobe and I thought I’d kick things off with the smallest section of my handmade wardrobe: trousers. I've not made many, and these are the only ones in my current wardrobe (plus a second pair of Joans that were in the wash!)
Friday Pattern Company - Joan
My pattern fits up to a 49" hip but the PDF is currently unavailable on FPC's website. I’m not sure if it’s been discontinued or if it’s currently being updated.
Why am I voluntarily putting photos of my VPL on the internet?
These were a re-make of my first pair which I loved but the fabric wore terribly. I used a viscose ponte from Sew Me Sunshine for this version. The quality is loads better and they feel amazing, but I don't love how the pockets and my knicker and t-shirt line show through. If I make more, I'll try the meetMILK interlock jersey.
I didn't make any fit adjustments to these, although I did size up. I also created a channel for the elastic rather than attaching it with a zigzag (my sewing machine wasn't playing ball!) which didn't work brilliantly and it's folded over loads. Next time, I'll try drafting a curved waistband and not use elastic.
Sew Over It - Carrie
Fits up to 48" hip
I ironed these before I took photos, honest!
These are probably my favourite me made trousers. The only adjustment I made was to use a smaller seam allowance below the knee as others had commented how tight they were on the calves. Next time, I would add some height to the crotch, as these sit lower than I'd like.
I used an enzyme-washed linen from Sew Me Sunshine and I love it! It feels amazing and I love how they're getting softer and more relaxed over time.
Untitled Thoughts - Chandler
Fits up to 58" hip
I made these for a Sew Me Sunshine blog post, and you can read my "freshly made" thoughts here. I think I should've sized down as you can see the side seam is wriggling towards the back. I slimmed down the legs a couple of weeks after making them, but I think there's still too much fabric around the crotch/hip. If I made them again, I'd size down and use a lighter weight fabric so I could add belt loops. I loved how Brittani styled hers with a belt in the samples, but my fabric was too thick.
I hope that was helpful and didn't just feel like gratuitous photos of my butt and crotch! Please feel free to get involved if you'd like to. I'm a big fan of starting a hashtag then promptly forgetting about it so I'll be sharing more content like this using the tag #SewnFromAllAngles, until I forget all about it!
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