I finally did some sewing for myself! Actually, I made these pants a few weeks ago, but kept forgetting to get a picture. I made the top last nite at midnite. It was a spur of the moment thing. I was on my way to bed and decided it was a quick project, so I should just make it. Indeed, it was done in a half hour, except for the seam finishing.
Neither pattern was without issues. I’ll start with the pants. This is Simplicity 2665. It’s a juniors pattern that I can’t remember why I bought. I think it was for the pants. Anyway, they have this ridiculous front, exposed zipper. Maybe that’d be cute if I were 16, but not at 32. So instead I did an invisible zipper in the back. Man, I love invisible zippers. I’m so glad I figured them out. Here’s the issue: the sizing. They run ridiculously big!! According to the size chart, I’m a 14 in the hips and an 18 in the waist. Knowing that the pattern companies seemingly expect us to lie about our waist measurement, I cut a 14 throughout. I actually remembered to try them on before finishing them, and a good thing I did. They were enormous! I sewed 5/8″ in from the existing seam allowances at each side, which worked. However, I should have continued all the way down, because these things are so loose and dumpy. Oh well, they’ll do till I lose 10 pounds and my “regular” pants fit again.
The top is a Hot Patterns free download, called Cool, Calm and Cowl-necked Top. It’s exclusive to fabric.com. I’ll pretty much make any knit top if it’s free, so I printed it out, taped together (very easy), cut the fabric and sewed it. The sizing seems to be accurate. The problem? Look at the illustration, then look at mine. I made no alterations. The cowl on mine is pretty much nonexistent. Makes it pretty dull. Won’t be making this one again.