How can I stop wearing jeans every single day? Hmmm... Maybe if I had a pair of neutral trousers? The ones pictured on Simplicity 3688 seem cute and relatively simple. Question is, will I actually wear them?
I chose a sueded navy twill from the stash. It is a really effective cat hair magnet and once it gets the hair, it doesn't want to let it go. I could use up an entire roll of lint tape, I think, without getting all the hair off. Its probably safe to say that a dark colored sueded twill is not an appropriate fabric for someone with a light grey cat.
The trousers were really easy to put together. However, I essentially ended up making them twice because I didn't bother to check the fit before I started stitching. I was surprised to discover that there is no wearing ease at all in this pattern. I found this odd considering how most modern or modern-repro patterns have way too much ease.
I cut out the 14, as usual, and just plunged ahead using my ordinary crappy technique for making a modern patterns fit: I made 1 inch giant seam allowances all around to make up for the extra ease. When I tried them on I discovered that they were binding in the thighs, the zipper slit would barely close and they were riding up something fierce.
I had to take them apart and start all over again this time narrowing my allowances to 1/2 an inch or so.
The crotch rise is simply way too short, so I made that allowance less than 1/4 inch. I finished the seam with a tight zig-zag against the straight stitch so hopefully that will add some stability.
I'm pretty happy with them. Photographing them was difficult because they are so dark. The darts don't quite look right in the back, but I can live with it
I'm thinking about putting big decorative buttons on the front, to give them a nautical feel. What do you think?