Remember how I was so proud of myself yesterday that I quit sewing before I got over-tired? Well I guess I didn't quit soon enough, because this morning I discovered that I had sewn the wrong seam on the waistband facing. Of course, I didn't realize this until I had attached the facing to the waistband and then severely trimmed the seam allowances. I did wonder why I had to stretch the fabric so much as I was sewing. And then I took a good look at it and realized it was all backwards. So I had to pick it all out and redo it. Sigh . . .
I also spent a lot of time on the zipper. I hand basted it in to make sure everything was lined up. But I always have a lot of trouble with the bottom section of invisible zippers, where the pull is when you're sewing. I can never get my stitching as close to the zipper teeth in that section as I need to. I ended up going back over it by hand to try to fix it, and it is a little better, but it still gapes at the bottom:
Does anybody have any tips for avoiding this?
The biggest problem with the pants is that the zipper is wavy, and I really have no idea how to fix this. Was I supposed to put some organza lining in the zipper section to counteract the stretchiness of the fabric? Look:
My immediate solution is to wear the pants with a top that's a little longer. This one looks good with the pants (and these sandals!), but it's not quite long enough to hide the "wave" :
And here they are from the back:
I think overall they're a good fit, and the alterations I made to the pattern were spot on. I can live with the little bit of bagginess in the back of the legs for now (until I actually read Pants for Real People that I made Hubby buy me months ago). I just need to figure out how to deal with the zipper issue.
For reference, I started with a size 8 and took in a couple inches at the center back and about a half inch at the right hip (my less full hip - thank you, Body Map!). I did not alter the crotch curve in any way. There is a little whiskering at the front crotch, so I may do that on future makes, but I want to wear these for a while and see how they loosen up before I make any more changes to the pattern.
And for fun, here are a couple Hubbyisms:
Before I even put them on after I'd finished, he said, "Those pants do not make your butt look big." Good boy!
And once I had them on he said, "Those pants make your butt look amazing!" Best boy!