i think the thing that started these trousers for me was the realization that i had some scraps of amazing blue flowered lace leftover from cutting out a woven attempt at my lady-mary-inspired top. i saw the interesting yoke design of the peter and the wolf trouser and it just spoke to me. (yeah, sometimes fabric talks to me. i’ve learned to listen.)
and then while i was prepping and piecing my patchwork deer and doe datura i had all of these little, half-inch scraps of red silk.
and then i ended up here.
so, yes, those are corellian bloodstripes (first class, thank you!) made out of serged-together scraps of flower lace and red silk.
i found the pattern extremely straightforward and generally easy to construct. all of the yokes and pattern pieces matched up easily and went together without a hitch. my major issue was crotch-fitting.
i traced off my moulage crotch curve, but decided to leave myself some insurance. so when i cut them out, i left the as-drafted front curve in place.
you can see i have excellent rear coverage.
but the front was like a full-on monet. what was it lauren said? like i had ketchup packets stuffed in there trying to fill out the extra fabric bunching in a most unattractive manner. i spent multiple sessions pinching out excess that fabric at the front seam, trying to fix it. in fact, i realized that i had adjusted it almost exactly to the traced evidence of my moulage curve. so i thought i had succeeded – which i had – until i put the waistband on.
tears may have ensued.
then i had the ultimate d’oh moment. like, after some furtive googling for ‘camel toe’ – and thanks, internet, for that will now forever be in my search history – i was able to ascertain that my crotch curve was pretty bang-on the way i had adjusted it (as in, back to the way it is drafted in my moulage) and my main issue was that i had not curved the waistband to match.
basically, my adjustment had essentially shortened the front crotch curve, and the best way to fix it now that i was in fabric and not on a flat pattern was to re-attach the waistband to match the shorter seam. so i still have a nice coverage in the rear, and a slightly-below-the-navel dip in the front.
and for for the moron moment – pearl clutching may now commence. i did all of this while totally forgetting that i had:
- david coffin’s trouser-making book
- sandra betzina’s trouser-fitting class on craftsy
- sandra betzina’s trouser-making class on craftsy
yep, that is me, sewing genius, right there.
but i fixed them!
but what i can’t get over is – what kind of person takes a perfectly lovely trouser pattern and adds corellian bloodstripes? i mean, who does that? that is NOT NORMAL.
sorry, not sorry.