In Season Two of the Great British Sewing Bee, the contestants had to made velvet trousers for themselves. This challenge was meant to test their ability to sew with difficult fabrics, but I was terribly envious that they could make themselves trousers at all.
As any sewer will tell you, it's not the construction that's a pain in the butt - its the fitting of them.
Today I had a trouser triumph, and that came about when I realised that I have been cutting a size too big. I don't know why it took so long for me to come to this conclusion, because I've already made a few tops that turned too roomy even for my tastes.
Not that going down a size was a magic bullet though - I still had to made some tweaks:
- take some width from the outside leg seams from the hip down
- add some width the inside leg seams just around the inner thigh
- add a tiny bit of width at the centre front, from crotch to about half way up.
- remove about an inch of the top
I'm so happy.