I know, I know… I never wrote up the final class I took with Kenneth King working on the pant moulage. I just don’t feel qualified to speak on the changes he made. And I don’t want to lead any beginner sewists astray. Suffice it to say that I got a great fitting pair of pants out of it, well at least a muslin anyway. However, there were no design details, no waistband, no pockets, no zipper, etc. For my first foray into pant making, I wanted to make a pair of summer capris. Well, this meant I needed to draft a waistband and figure out what kind of zipper I wanted. I also needed to decide if I wanted pockets, how many and what kind. As I am discovering with each project I take on, there are so many design decisions to make. While it’s pretty incredible to make something so customized, I do sometimes feel a little overwhelmed with all the decisions to be made.
My teacher Thea and I have been working on these pants for the last 3 or 4 lessons. Working and reworking the waistband, adjusting the crotch curve, etc. We haven’t even come to the pockets yet. We finally have a great fit I think. Here’s the muslin/sloper on me with the waistband and a centered zipper (please ignore how it’s crooked on my waist, I had no idea when I was taking the pictures).
I took it apart already and marked the seam lines. I just have to iron my fashion fabric (a navy stretch cotton), lay out my muslin pattern pieces and cut away. I am self facing the waistband. So I will cut out 4 of the back band, and 2 each of the front bands. I will do the centered zipper with a button closure (remember the coconut buttons I bought at Pacific Trimmings?).
Here’s a close up of the waist band.
I won’t be able to work on it today because I am working as a race official for the Interesting Race. It’s going to be a lot of fun! But Sunday has been declared pant sloper day, so hopefully I’ll have an update for you all on Monday.