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« on: September 06, 2008 08:12:57 PM »

I love to sew, problem is I usually don't end up loving what I sew. So I decided I needed to make something I could be proud of, something that would prove to myself that I actually can make stuff more complicated than a poorly constructed skirt.
So I decided to make my husband pants, not just any pants, cool pants, pants without a pattern. I also asked my husband what he would like, which meant my project ended up more complicated than I would have tried on my own, heh. But I did it, first I made a pattern off his favorite pair of jeans, next I made a mock up in some cheap fabric I had (good thing too, they ended up turning out huge) so I scaled down the pattern and set out to make the real pair.
I used microsuede (the fake suede microfiber stuff) leftover from pillow making/chair covering. The body of the pants have the microfiber facing inwards, so they're nice and fuzzy inside (and comfortable from what I hear) whereas the grey detailing has the fuzzy on the outside. I did contrast stitching of rectangular zig-zags around the pockets, on the other pockets, on the side panels and knee patch dealies.
Started the pants project on Monday and finished them up yesterday (which is pretty amazing for me, usually it's start something and leave it for a month or so until I get around to finishing)
Sorry for the really long intro, I'm just really proud of myself for finishing these, I know it's really no big deal, but to me I proved to myself that I'm not a crappy sewer. I'm actually quite nervous about posting these, hopefully they actually are good and I haven't deluded myself into believing it because of all the time/effort invested in them, heh.



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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2008 08:19:53 PM »

I LOVE the stitching on those -great work!!

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2008 08:25:54 PM »

Impressive! The stitching reminds me of a skyline. The pants look very professional!
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2008 08:40:32 PM »

I like 'em. I'm a novice sewer myself, although I have made costumes for my friends for conventions. I'm scared to make pants but seeing this gives me some confidence. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2008 09:53:15 PM »

you drafted that pattern yourself? wow. im seriously impressed. these look really well done.

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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2008 07:04:09 AM »

Wow!  Those are great.  Definitely something to be proud of!


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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2008 11:42:19 AM »

Thanks everyone! Cheesy The stitching design was actually my husband's idea, it reminds me of a skyline too (plus it goes along with the industrial/sci-fi look I was going for). I used the instructions in Sew U as a guideline since I've never made pants before (well, I made a horribly failed pair of lounge pants, but I don't think that counts), having something to go off of helped a ton. You guys are so sweet, I feel much less nervous about them now! Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2008 02:22:56 PM »

WOW you did an awesome job from drafting to sewing!!

I've never been able to make a wearable pair of pants for myself from a pattern, but scratch is another story, Strange.

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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2008 07:04:32 PM »

How does he like them? I assume since he modeled them for the pics that he is happy with them.  Has he worn them out of the house? I think they are fantastic and I would never be brave enough to attempt pants for a man.
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2008 04:39:33 AM »

they're awesome!
And it's so utterly altruistic to sew clothes for someone else (i.e. not yourself).
Apart from a few bags and aprons (makes a nice present when you're broke) here and there i don't think i ever sewed something for anybody but myself.
So apart from being proud you also get to be smug!

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