When deciding what size range to buy, I looked at the sizes on the website and chose the one with the size 16 as it had a 30" waist, and I have a 29" waist.... close enough I thought!
I also jumped on to fabric.com and purchased some micro brushed twill fabric in navy and grey. I hadn't heard of it before - it was also a suggestion from Lucky Lucille - but I find its quite denim like, but with a softer feeling surface which is probably due to the brushed bit. But its quite heavy so good for winter pants.
So I had a spare afternoon last weekend, and I thought the perfect way to spend my time was on comfy, easy-to-sew pants. I cut them out and did gathers and darts and pocket flaps etc. All went well until I realised I didn't have a 7" zip in my stash. Why is it I never have the right zipper???
Anyway this was as far as I got:
Two back pieces with darts and pocket flaps (no I haven't sewn that button on, and I've since bought a better button, so its a good thing I didn't...)
Two front pieces with pleats and pockets done
I happened to be driving past Spotlight on Monday, so popped in to get the zipper, and then when I finished work I went and put the zip in.
Never having put a fly in a pair of pants before, it probably took me a little longer than it should. This could be because instructions for modern patterns don't seem to make much sense. Does anyone else have this issue???
But it went in without a hassle, and looks like this:
From the inside...
From the outside
I then sewed all the pieces together and made the pants minus the waistband.
They were looking pretty big, so I measured them...
Multiply that by two to get an all around measurement, and you get 33.5"
That's 33.5 inches from a pattern that is supposed to produce pants for someone with a 30 inch waist!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You probably heard me cursing from wherever it is in the world you live. I was not happy! With vintage patterns there is wearing ease of about an inch, but this, this is ridiculous! I think anyone that sewed up pants that were this much to big for them would feel just the same! Vintage patterns just seem so much more reliable in their instructions, and their sizing.
Have patterns started doing the vanity sizing thing??? Is this some weird anomaly, or are all modern patterns like this???
So I now have to unpick the pleats on the front and re-do them to take in some excess, and take in the back seam, and maybe a little from the side seams (if I can do it without affecting the pockets). What should have been a simple job of just putting on the waistband has turned into a massive pain in the behind.
Can you tell I'm not happy???
Has anyone else experienced similar issues with modern patterns?