Tuesday, 17 February 2015

SBCC Manhattan Trousers

Hey folks ! 

I made Trousers! I finally decided to throw caution to the wind and attempt the item of clothing that strikes fear into the heart of many a sewer. I really need some trousers in my wardrobe. I have two pairs of trousers suitable for work but neither of them are a great fit. I pretty much don't even look at trousers or jeans anymore when I am shopping RTW. I am just about 5 feet tall with short short legs, big hips and thighs and a swayback that means all trousers usually gape at the back in a very unattractive way. 
I had the Clover by Colette, Manhattan by SBCC and Thurlow by Sewaholic in the stash. I thought the Manhattan would be the best place to start as I seem to fit the petite curvy model that SBCC design for. 

I made up a muslin in cotton sateen ( I really don't like cotton sateen, I always  feel like it is clingy and attracts all the fluff)- anyways I started out with size 12 and 27" inseam. The fit wasn't bad at all. AMAZING 
It need tapering in along the outseam and inseam, probably ending up more like a size 10 everywhere except at the widest part of my hips. I also took in the centre back seam to remove gaping here. 

The pattern was easy enough to follow along with except the fly instructions. I think the pieces for fly facing and fly extension are mislabelled which left me a bit muddled up. Beth from SBCC messaged me on Instagram and she is going to look into it. 

I made up my final pair in a grey and blue wool ( I think) check fabric that I got in Michael H fabrics in Dublin. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. Even managed pattern matching 
They are a few wrinkles in the back which I'm not sure about, I don't think this style needs to be tighter but are these wrinkles too much or are they needed ??? 
Overall I am very pleased and have plans for more. Navy and black to start with. Then who knows maybe even Ginger Jeans! The thought of have jeans that actually fit is very exciting. 
That's the Anise Jacket from Colette as well but I think this post is long enough already. Maybe some other day. 
Thanks for reading