Last night I cut the pattern and muslin for Vogue 8604. I decided to cut a straight size 10, which seems to be the size I use most often in Vogue, and make adjustments from there. Sewing the muslin was an adventure, as I’ve never before sewn a pair of pants. Let’s just say that at one point I constructed one very large pant leg. But I got that worked out, sewed an ugly spare zipper in, and went downstairs to try them on.
Sorry for the awful photos, but it’s dark outside and I still have cleaning products everywhere! Wow, the floor there is even more worn than I realized… Anyway, I am so thrilled with the fit of these – perhaps there is something to the idea that low-rise pants aren’t a good look for me? These are really, really high, but I love them – it’s exactly the retro look I was going for!
It helps to picture them not in white, but hey – if I think they look good in white, they’ll look great in a darker color! One of my legs is longer than the other by an inch or so, I found when having my measurements taken. This explains why I am literally the least athletic person in the world, and that’s also why I always have one pant leg that is the right length, and one that is too long or short. Here you can see that effect. You know what’s great? I can hem these to even that out! Ok, technically I could hem any of my pants, but what’s the fun of that?
The side view is very slimming:
The wrinkling at the waist is caused by this fabric – I did not interface it. I will use a nice sturdy interfacing for the actual pants. I will spare you the rear view – this fabric is sheer, and the internet does not need to see that much of me! You can see that I have literally no rear end, and amazingly it looks fine from the back. I was expecting them to look deflated the way most of my pants do. The crotch on these is a bit lower than most pants, which is pretty normal for this style, and it doesn’t look strange like I expected. I am really pleased with the pattern so far – it looks just like the drawing, and the “very easy very Vogue” instructions were indeed very easy and great! I think I’m becoming a pretty big fan of Vogue patterns – all the ones I’ve tried have been just great, which is more than I can say for some others.
Now I just have to get my interfacing, figure out what I’m using for pockets, and get started – wish me luck that I don’t have some sort of awful pants disaster!