My ruthless ‘use it or lose it’ continues, which is just as well as these trousers have been in my wardrobe an-embarrassingly-long-time, and on a to-do list for the same length….. Some years ago, I did a wardrobe clear-out, and sold some dresses on ebay, and ended up buying some cashmere jumpers (we had just moved to a freezing house, and these wool/cashmere burberry trousers). I probably shouldn’t have as a strange vanity got the better of me, but I did, and I really should have known they would not fit right and they didn’t. And for some or other reason, I could not/would not give them away, resell or donate……
The trousers fitted at the hips but huge on the waist, and while I loved the wide leg, I looked ‘a-bit-of-a-pudding’ in them. I took them in at the back to wear around the house and see how much I liked them. I was rather nervous of re-cutting them – in case I would render them unwearable, but I had to bite the bullet sometime, so I took the trousers apart, and to keep an eye on the location of the grain, I basted the crease and lightly pressed it out, and half way thru taking them apart, I was thinking I should have just given them away as I was still having a lot of work to do. As it turned out, I was wrong.
I had got this Clare Shaeffer pattern especially as I figured such a swanky fabric needed the Shaeffer touch (I bought it on etsy after reading Lynn’s post), and I also had the Balmain pattern out to see what the detailing would be. The Balmain was quickly put back when I measured the leg width (same as trousers). The trousers were taken apart, pattern laid on top….. and no way was it going to work
|Balmain vs Shaeffer|
Plan B was to draft a trouser block and adapt to the Shaeffer….. and it was still not going to work, but the trouser block fitted on the trousers fine, so I laid the block over and chalked the seam allowances and widened the leg of the block on the fabric (I was getting a bit tired or tracing and figured I would just go for it). Ultimately I did the simplest which was a basic re-cut using my pattern, and a resew in the same way of the originals.
It was a straightforward sew, but done over a few days which also allowed the wool fabric to rest in-between.. I was in two minds to replace the belt loops but decided to leave as is – as I thought them a bit fussy. So five years on…………..I have a rather nice pair of slacks! (and I know I will wear them lots as I have already….)
And I had to check the length of this sweater from last year with them as I have another sweater remake (blue) which I may do a similar job on…..