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No Pattern Used: self drafted (Trousers) thumbsup - Type:Pants    printable version
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Reviewed by:velosewer
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Posted on:11/4/13 6:19 PM
Project Photo:No Pattern Used: self drafted by velosewer

No Pattern Used: self drafted by velosewer  No Pattern Used: self drafted by velosewer  
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Fabric:Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description:
These are self drafted trousers using Winifred Aldrich Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's wear.
This pattern drafting style follows the flat pattern method.
At some point I'll try the draping method that TJ keeps telling me about.
Pattern Sizing:
My size. That's the beauty of self-drafting. It fits you - no sizing numbers required.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes they did. This is the second version.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions step you through the drafting process. So give yourself a bit of room and a large piece of paper. Clear the family out of your way too. You do lots for them and you'll need some 'me time' to make sure you follow the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about this method?
likeIt's logical. If you have a calculator, some basic curve rulers and a long ruler you will be able to work the front and back trouser patterns to suit you.
dislikeThen you need to test the pattern for fit just like you do for a commercial pattern. What you will feel is empowered that you've drafted your own trousers.
Fabric Used:
Cotton batik as I avoid using calico if I can when testing patterns.
The second trousers are made with a cotton eyelet fabric lined with cotton poplin.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
There's some fullness across the front at the tummy and the front rise was too high so that fullness has been taken out of the test version and taken from the pattern pieces.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Here's a link to my trouser testing. I will sew these again to add pockets; add a fly front zip; and style them into jeans.
If you're ready to draft your own trousers, grab a good pattern drafting reference guide and try it.
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Dilliander said...
Your trouser project is yielding you some lovely summer pants as you test and adjust the pattern. I've been doing something similar over the last year (although my starting point was a Vogue pattern) and agree that having a TNT custom fit basic trouser block is very liberating. I've learnt so much along the way as well.
11/4/13 7:19 PM
canei said...
11/5/13 7:41 AM
KensingtonCrab said...
How great! I love your print trousers!
11/5/13 10:11 AM
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