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Purple Reign Trousers

February 9, 2012

Wow! It’s a fantastic week for being Sew Grateful, dontcha think?! I was definitely surprised to see my Purple Reign Clovers featured over at the Sew Weekly on Tuesday. Thanks, Mena! And all the fab contributors! I’m wearing them as I type, and I have to say they are danged comfortable. For all the self-deprecation on that post, they are close to being a perfect fit and I’ll continue to work on this pattern. Once I’d abandoned the non-stretch muslin, progress changed drastically. Steph, you warned stubborn ol’ me! I’d like to make them a tad more snug, but don’t want the horizontal lines under my butt. Even my favorite jeans have those. My quads are definitely more muscular than my hammies, so fabric tends to bag back there. Maybe it needs to be pinched out a la a sway back adjustment, then length added back near the hem?

 

Oh, and all that talk about the color purple. I LOVE purple. And it’s one of a few colors that really flatters me. My parents were on to something when they named me. But after a childhood of everything purple, and people to this day saying silly things like “Lavender is wearing lavender”… well, we took some time off. Last year the slow embrace began, with my JJ/Carl shirt. Y’all are too sophisticated for such obvious observations. And know the difference between violet and lavender :)

The stretch orange interlining I used adds the perfect amount of substance, and feels so nice against my skin. As does the petersham waistband. I picked it up from Sunni for use in a circle skirt. Then thought twice about circle skirts and my figure. I have enough left (and another color!) in case I think thrice. And if not, this might be my new favorite waistband facing anyway. It’s sooo comfortable! I pre-shrunk the petersham, then gently stretched one edge while running the iron over it. This is the ingenious method I used to bind the interlining to the fashion fabric seam allowances. For the crotch, I simply serged and pressed to one side. Although I’d miscalculated the yardage for the red stretch sateen, these trousers still incorporate two colors from my fall/winter palette. My item list was a bit malleable, yet I still have one blouse, a dress and possibly another pencil skirt to go before I call it a wrap. The trench coat is ongoing, as usual… distractions abound.

Invaluable in getting this UFO wrapped up were two books that came just in the nick of time. The Perfect Fit (Creative Publishing Group) and Making Trousers (David Coffin) are my latest library additions. The second book doesn’t concern fit, but goes into great detail on construction. While this pattern will be an ongoing area for improvement, I was psyched to take down the Clover Sewalong widget. I replaced it with a Pattern Review widget, as I entered my Negroni in a little contest :) To top it all off, this class popped up in my inbox today. Serendipity? Market research genius? Who cares! Sign me up.

Oh, and check out the cake Mary posted! Earl grey chocolate with lavender ganache. Mmmm!!! I’ve always wanted to replicate the lavender crème brûlée once made for me, but I don’t have a torch. I think this will be on the V-day menu next week!

 

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  1. February 9, 2012 11:33 am

    The gall of someone calling violet lavender LOL – how dare they? ^__^ Your purple Clovers are unique and suit you well :) Congrats on finishing your UFO!! :)

    I have that book, the Perfect Fit – it’s an excellent resource. You’ll have to let us know how the Making Trousers book is, and if it’s got any invaluable tips in there – I’m always keen on new reference books! :)

    • February 9, 2012 12:03 pm

      I KNOW, right! The nerve. I haven’t read all of it yet, but I think it will turn out to be a great go-to on finishing, pockets, fly detail and the like. There’s a dvd, but haven’t popped it in yet.

  2. February 9, 2012 12:14 pm

    These are STUNNING! Well done!! Also– the Kenneth King class?!?!?!?!?!?! Holy cow, that sounds AMAZING!

    • February 9, 2012 3:29 pm

      I’m def signing up! I think I spoke too soon on the Clovers… they’ve stretched quite a bit in the last few hours. Grrrr!!! Good lycra, bad lycra.

  3. February 9, 2012 2:19 pm

    All I can think about after reading this is lavender ganache. Sounds divine. I have this ongoing battle to grow perfect lavender, which isn’t easy in our mucky soil. I just love, love its color and fragrance and in food, too… Purple in all its forms has been my favorite color as long as I can remember. Seriously great trousers–I love the insides–such a pretty finish!

    • February 9, 2012 8:30 pm

      Same here! Some people find it too soapy or perfumey, but to me it’s fantastic! There are some growers out in the Hill Country :) There might even be a yearly festival?

  4. February 9, 2012 4:51 pm

    Beautiful inside and out! I missed this week over at the Sew Weekly, and I can now feel my motivation wane to get something up over there every week. Maybe every few weeks? Anyway, congrats on the feature!!

    • February 9, 2012 8:34 pm

      Thanks, Amy :) You know, the same thing happened to me. I missed last week, and I think that was part of my slow struggle in finishing these. That and I wanted them to be perfect, which they aren’t. I know I have to accept it as part of the learning process…

      You’ve been making some fantastic garments lately, and I’m sure your Bombshell is going to be worth all the time!

  5. February 19, 2012 9:35 pm

    You did it! OMG. I’m so impressed. They look great and I love that color. I’m not sure when, if ever, I’ll return to mine. I’m pretty discouraged.

    What lipstick are you wearing??

    • February 20, 2012 11:22 am

      They are so not perfect. Still. After a day of wear, they got too baggy & frumptastic. But I reeeeally need to keep at ‘em, lest I give up forever. Lipstick… I honestly don’t know :( I only own two lipsticks, a fancy red Chanel wedding splurge, and this pink, a gift from a friend. The sticker only says “joy”, so I’m guessing it’s a non-brand?

  6. March 9, 2012 7:16 pm

    Wow, I love these! Love the colour too!

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