I don't like making trousers. I feel much better in a skirt or dress. I am sure I have an old fashioned figure.
I have, with reluctance, decided that I need trousers for my travel wardrobe. It might be too cold for a skirt. I will probably hike, and ride a bike without benefit of lycra, so trousers are undoubtedly more practical.
I managed to put off the trousers for quite a while due to fabric searching. I told myself that only quick dry, UV resistant, breathable nylon fabric such as that used in commercial travel clothes was suitable for my travel wardrobe. This is hard to obtain.
Eventually, after much googling, I received some from The Rainshed in Oregon, USA. I had to ring them up to order, and had a lovely chat with the helpful saleslady. Unfortunately, she was right, the fabric I could get in a trouser-suitable colour is really too lightweight for trousers, which was my first mistake.
Look at this mess.
Not so very bad from the front, but alas, the other views.
The pattern is the same one I used for my daughter's SWAP trousers. This was my second mistake,as Gail tells me (parapharasing freely here), trying the same pattern that looks good on your daughter is bad for one's self esteem. (Especially if she is also several cm taller than you, mostly in the legs!)
I found the fabric difficult to sew. It puckered. My third mistake was to add even more seams to the trousers than I had used previously - I added the central back leg seam of trouser version 115, rather than 116, aiming for some visual illusion of leg length, but this was a dismal failure, worsened by some inattentive hem pinning, which has made the trousers too short.
My fourth mistake is to have left myself very little time for most of my travel sewing. I leave in less than 2 weeks, and have a 4 day training ride tour during that period. I will probably have to wear these on my travels. At least I will have no problems throwing them out to fit in some fun fabric purchase. I am telling myself they will look better under the coat.
After this sad sewing, I remembered my travel trouser purchase attempt.
Don't say I never show you anything funny.
After 5 hours of unpicking I had given up, and thought making trousers would be easier. I always think this when I have to adjust things.
I added a back yoke made from the remnants of the altered travel skirt (not the same fabric, but pretty close IMO)so as to allow backside room, and took in everything else, trying to avoid the pockets. It took about 3 hours (not counting unpicking). They look better than the entirely made trousers, but only because the fabric is more suitable.
My daughter says I always hate the trousers I make, and I think she is right.
I am feeling quite annoyed that I am including 2 purchased t shirts and 2 purchased bottoms in my travel wardrobe. I hardly ever wear purchased clothes, and now not only have to wear them for a month, but I have to admit to myself that I am a snob about this!