Monday, May 16, 2016
Why did I want a sloper?
I am grateful that if I skipped utilizing my pants sloper in making or adapting a pattern for the drawstring pants I've been thinking of, at least I decided to do a muslin of the pattern in shorts first. Before cutting into one of the lovely and not cheap fabrics I got in NYC last month. I actually did pull my fitted sloper pattern and compared it to the fashion pattern, which is what made me decide to do shorts first. The fashion pattern says it gives 5" of ease at the hipline, and I wanted to believe that instead of what my eyes saw with both patterns out. Hrrmph, 5 inches, maybe in MAN INCHES!
What I ended up with, after taking out the basting and sewing with the most narrow seams I could to give myself a little more, ahem, ease, was what every ill fitting pair of fat granny looking shorts I've ever tried on felt and looked like. Well, I guess I have tried on worse fitting ones. These are not a great fit and do seem to accentuate every flaw. They'll be okay for mowing the lawn, maybe painting, intense house cleaning. I gave them good pockets. I went back and compared fashion pattern to the sloper pattern again:
It all sounds so plausible, from the woman who just sewed a grinning pair of shorts. From ugly, low budget and already mystery stained twill from the stash, yay. I guess I should do another shorts muslin before cutting into the very nice linen with a touch of spandex that waits all prewashed and lovely for some nice beachy summer trousers.
No, I am sorry to say, I never finished the bodice sloper. I'm not going to attempt any fitted tops until I have.
I did sew a fairly nice knit shirt with some pretty peacock feather jersey that I feel good about wearing in public. But it's a darn t-shirt and I'd feel a little ridiculous modeling it for pictures. I'll have to work on that I guess if I'm going to keep on with a sewing blog, unless I swing over to quilting full time. Quilts have been calling......
*UPDATE* I was a little hard on those shorts. -After I put the waistband on they looked much, much better and the smile a any weird bunches all went away. Still not amazingly flattering- but a great indicator of where I need to go for the full length pants version. And the shorts still look better than 99% of what I try on in RTW. AWFUL stuff when you get to 3x range.