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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Vogue 8751!!

    Whew, it seems like ever since my oldest son started school, things have been busy ever since... I am sorry for taking so long with these pants, but I've been a little under the weather, not to mention we had a typhoon here in Japan on Wednesday... I am feeling much better now, and happy to report that there was no damaged due to the typhoon..God is good!

 So, the last time we chatted we were talking about wide leg trousers and RED wide leg trousers at that!  Well, I have my first pair of pants complete V8751.... Now, are they perfect absolutely and positively not!!! Not even with one eye squinted, with a pair of "Stevie Wonder" shades on would they be perfect LOL!!! However, I am very proud of myself.. Proud, that I made the necessary adjustments to make these pants fit my body....

Making a tummy adjustment, sigh lol!

 I made a muslin, and realized that I needed more room across the tummy,  more length in the crotch area, as well as more length in the hem...  I referenced my book "The Perfect Fit" and "Pants For Real People" in altering for tummy alterations and crotch length... I added an inch across the tummy and added 1 1/2 for the crotch length and added 1 inch in the hem length, although I could have used an inch more...*Note to self* Next time try on muslin with the shoes you intend to wear with said garment!!!
I made an adjustment on the pants front piece and so I had to
make the same adjustment to yoke front piece at the same location...

Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day!
   I learned a lot in doing these pants..I learned how much patience I truly have.. In my last post, I wrote that I had a few problems in sewing these pants up.. I had to replace my zipper FOUR times, yes FOUR times...I put the zipper in courtesy of the "Sandra Betzina" method, fabulous BTW!  I went to try the pants on during construction and my zipper broke, and so I fussed and whined, and put in another zipper, and it broke ... By this time I was furious! But, I sucked it up and put in my third zipper everything was perfect right, WRONG! I realized I had  installed an invisible zipper for a fly front LOL! I seriously thought about leaving it, like seriously..But I dried my tears and installed yet my fourth zipper! When I say I can sew a fly front in my sleep, I am serious lol!

I really enjoyed making these pants, and I know that next
pair will be better than the first!

Alright, Divas that's all for now trying to narrow down what shall be my next project, until then!
Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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  1. Your hard work paid off! The pants look fab! I hate tackling zippers too. Sounds like you got a lot of practice with fly-fronts, lol. I use Sandra Betzina's method too. It's a big help. I can't wait to make these pants, it's great to see your version.

  2. Congratulation for achieving such a fantastic fit. I love red pants!!!

  3. Your red pants are awesome. I am also a fan of red pants (so saucy!) and have a pair of red skinnies that seem to go with just about everything.

  4. You did a great job on your alterations. The slacks look great and from what I can see you did a fantastic job on the fly front.

  5. The pants fit you perfectly and love the whole ensemble... Work It Ms. Candice and glad you are feeling better.

  6. How very nice! Your first pair of pants? Say you promise (lol)! These turned out great! Love the color AND the style. You've styled them nicely too! Nice work!

  7. Thank you ladies for all your wonderful comments! @Meli88a, I just found your blog and I just love it!

  8. I'm happy to see you made this, it looks great on you. I like the fact that you went with a wider leg whereas everyone is doing the slim, ankle length look.

  9. NICE! Good work u put in, these look awesome for ur first pants, dang now I need this pattern, lol!

  10. I love those pants!!! I have never really successfully made a pair of pants that I am happy with. I keep hoping to do so.

  11. Thanks narcissaqtpie and Rachel!

  12. These are really nice! No matter what, you did a grear job because pants are not easy!!!!

  13. Great pants! They look really cute on you!
    Pants are so hard to fit right. You nailed it.