Grrrr, I have to confess to major irritation with my trouser toiles. It seems the Hot Patterns patterns don’t suit me. Not the garments & certainly not the instructions! I set about making a toile of each of the patterns I wanted this weekend. When I use a pattern for the first time, I like to use the instructions as printed, then I can see where to deviate (if necessary) the next time. All was well until I got to the fly zip. Now I can do a fly zip, 5 minutes & it’s done. The instructions for these patterns bamboozled me to such an extent I ripped the entire lot out & threw it on the floor for 30 minutes while I stormed downstairs for tea & chocolate!
I don’t know who the instructions are written for, but they made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. One I’d calmed down I returned to the scene of the crime & inserted the zips my way. Done. Then to put them on – yeah. They don’t sit right, & I don’t like them – either of them – at all!! Apparently they’re “really easy to make following all the tutorials on youtube”. I don’t want tutorials on youtube!! If you cannot make the instructions clear enough on the item I paid money for, I’m not interested! gggrrrrr.
So I recon it’s back to good old Burda for trousers – at least I know they fit, & I know where I need to alter them! But I cannot decide from the pile of magazines with marked “possibilities” which to start with. My Smarty Pants selection is going to have to change. So in the truest sense of procrastination ever – I started something else! 🙂
Daughter No2 loved this pattern when she spotted it in the BurdaStyle magazine back in November. I have some beautiful damson stretch twill with a satin finish from Croft Mill Fabric that will look fabulous made in this pattern.
I traced the pattern this morning & made a toile in some spare fabric, a madly printed cotton. I used it because it was the only piece I had that was the right size & roughly the right feel for the finished garment. I reconned without Daughter No2’s wacky taste. The minute she saw them she thought they were the “real thing”! You’ve never seen such excitement – & then disappointment when I said it was just a toile!
As you may have already guessed, I have succumbed to the request & will be making these “wearable” once I have finished the twill version! She’s nuts, but I wouldn’t swap her for anyone else! 🙂