It's amazing the amount of sewing I get done when I'm procrastinating! I need more pants and I decided to test out this Lisette Pattern - #2245.
I chose a light-colored cream (I don't know why - it's too light!) in a stretchy twill. And I cut out a 12. I originally used the recommended seam allowance (1.5 centimeters) and found that the pants were too tight and gave me major wrinkles in the crotch. So I ripped everything out and resewed it with a 1 cm seam allowance.
That fit better when I tried it on so I finished it like that. But now that I've been sitting in them for 5 minutes, they are all stretched out!
Oh well, these may end up as home-wear pants unless I hide the waistband by wearing a long shirt. There's a little bulge in the waistband that I can't figure out and there are still some crotch wrinkles. I think I just don't have the skills yet for the fitting required on such slim pants. I think I should stick with looser styles for the time being.
I used buttons in my stash for the decorative tabs:
Speaking of buttons, I think I could spend my entire paycheck (which isn't saying much) on buttons and ribbons and such. I was looking on Etsy yesterday - a very bad idea when you can't buy anything!
I made several other modifications to the pattern. I shortened the pants by 3 inches. On the pattern cover they appear to be cropped and/or cigarette style pants but they hit me at the ankle.
And they were much more tapered than I had expected. I hate tapered ankle pants on me, so I made them shorter and improvised a cuff.
And I've been having problems with fusible interfacing lately (it pulls apart from the fabric after 10 or so washes and creates wrinkles) so I decided to use another method. I know there's non-fusible interfacing available also, but it seemed to me that the purpose of interfacing is to make that area a bit stiffer and sturdier and I didn't see why I couldn't use a sturdy fabric I had on-hand. I figured that people have been sewing long before there was special interfacing.
So, long story short, I used some remnants of a quilting-weight fabric I had in my stash:
So far it seems stiff enough; I guess I'll see after several wears.