Now I have always suspected that faced trousers and skirts will not work on me because of my high tummy and high hips - you need larger hips to hold a faced garment up - basic structural principle.
I should also have looked at the photo more closely and the design sketch - see how the trousers curve out - I suspect quite full legs and hips are supposed to fill these out.
And I was right:
Well, this cut is certainly relaxed. But rather baggy and not quite what I had in mind. Downright frumpy, in fact. And these were size 8 with a little more for my mid section - which I have calculated correctly.
It gets worse:
While I have certainly mastered the crotch shape- (I redrew the crotch shape on these pants to suit meboth front and back are okay in these trousers) the look overall is downright baggy, saggy and dowdy. Even for house pants.
I am seeing quite a few baggy pants more this shape on young girls, but really, I don't like it on me.
And the side view was less than flattering as well. I do have elastic waist trousers for comfy wear, and they do not look as ugly as this.
But dutifully, like all good blogging sewists, I went off and remade the pattern when I should have said quite firmly and loudly - this style is not for me.
That's what you would do in a shop with RTW that does not suit you, but no, we sewists are determined to fight it out to the bitter end.
So, off I went to spend quite some time redrawing the pattern - raising the rise (yes, I have at lest worked out I have a high rise) and took in the sides of the pants and took out some of the leg curve - and that meant redrawing the pocket bags and side front as well.
Then I went and re-toiled the pants:
(I used up parts of my husband's old shirts for this muslin, that is why they stop at mid calf).
Okay, slightly better, not quite so voluminous around the hip. But not the look I want at all.
Seriously clam digger pants. I do not like them. This style is not for me....
When I want some paddling pants, I'll know what to make, but for now, I think I will pass on Butterick 5821.
So, not a winner, but I haven't made a wadder either. Nor will I clutter up my cupboard with another me made that will come in useful one day and will never be worn. Mind you, that can happen with RTW as well.
But I have learnt lots of things with this exercise:
1/ Sewing time management - working consistently during the week in small blocks really moves a project along - so I will now keep steadily doing a little bit every day .
2/. I have mastered both the crotch shape I need and the relationship of the rise to my body shape and crotch depth.
I have worked out my style - neat, elegant,nicely cut, chic styles.
NOW TO WORK OUT HOW TO MAKE THEM!
That will be part of the Garment a Month challenge, starting on October 1st - details to come later this week.