Sunday, 1 March 2009

Marlene pants Mark #2

I finished the Marlene pants, BWOF 9-2008-105 today. These are my second attempt, this time in basketweave linen from Gorgeous Fabrics. I had much more trouble with this pair than my first pair. I had imagined that the successful toile, and previous pair in cotton twill (gabardine) would have eliminated fitting issues, but this was not the case. Althought the linen was a similar weight to the gabardine, it was much more drapey, and I found that the second pair needed a lot of tweaking. I took around 2cm from the centre back of the yoke, and also 1cm from both the front and back inner thigh, after taking out 2.5cm of front thigh addition. Theoretically , this should make the pants much more close fitting than the previous pair, but this does not seem to be the case.



The fun thing about these pants was the use of a fat quarter for the zip guard and binging the yoke facing. A non sewing friend bought me a bunch of fat quarters for my last birthday, and I have been looking for a use for them, as I am not a quilter.

I think these pants are not too bad with the cream silk blouse, my SWAP progresses!
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Anonymous said...

These are really great on you! Congratulations. Sorry about the thread thing.

BeeBee said...

I think they turned out nicely. But I've become a Marlene pants freak. I've made, I think, 4 pairs so far. The one out of corduroy is pretty ugly but very comfortable. The newest black pair is great. But I still haven't tried the welt pocket.

MaryPat R said...

They look great and I love the little secret print of the facings. I love the look with the belt.

Sew Passionista said...

These are great and I too love the little print detail. I love things like that!

Carol said...

I like these pants very much! The really look nice on you. I've toyed with making them, but I don't think I have the right shape. I love the way you've used a different fabric for the zip shield. I used a bright yellow in the pockets and waistband of the jeans and skirt I made for my SWAP. I never thought to make binding like you have. Thanks for the inspiration! Looking forward to seeing your SWAP. You are the only other person I've seen online who lives in the same climate as me, so I'm keen to see what you make!

Sew Passionista said...

I've left you a Sisterhood award on my blog.
I admire your determination to get the right fit. I must admit I don't go to the trouble that you do and I should.