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Last week of winter sewing

Spring is coming! The sun is shining here, also yesterday was a very sunny day. It makes me feel so much better. Looking in my closet it also means that I want new clothes in lighter colors. I've been preparing a few things this weekend. More about that later, I still have to finish (sew on buttons) a shirt and a pair of pants (trousers? confusing to me) in black/grey. Promised myself that is the last of the winter sewing I'll do for now.
The pants I'm working on are the StyleArc Chelsea pants. The StyleArc pants patterns get a lot of praise on the blogs and on Pattern Review. And I'm the next one. Not perfect right out of the envelope, but with my figure that is not what I expected anyhow. But the tweaking wasn't too bad. The muslin had a bit too much space in the back leg and of course the waist was too wide. The front was good from the start.
After removing the extra space the back still had too much wrinkles. After stitching the crotch line a bit deeper it was much better. The obligatory before/after shot:
Not perfect, but good enough for now. I'm not after the holy grail of pants fitting right now, but I need new clothes, not a search for the perfect pattern for a couple of months. I've cut enother pair from spring fabric!

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  1. I understand how you feel. Some times good enough is good enough! I think you have achieved a very good fit.

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  2. It's funny to see the shift in sewing blogs, from winter to spring, just over the last few days. It looks like I should also be planning some spring and summer sewing. Congratulations for your trousers, you did a great job!

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  3. I love a goof before and after shot - you've done well on the excess at the back leg! I love the little V in the waistband too.

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  4. I still struggle to understand what adjustments are needed to pants to make them fit right - you did a great job here. Careful what you write, after proclaiming Spring was here last week it is now freezing again and I've had to drag my coat & heaters back out!

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  5. Ah the perfect pants. I'm convinced the only way is to unpick an old pair that fit well and use them as the basis for a pattern.

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  6. I love the fact that we are all looking forward to the spring, you did a great job in adjusting the pants for me ... pants garment is more difficult to find a perfect pattern.

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  7. Nice pants! I am working on my last cold weather project, hopefully will finish tonight (just a long sleeve tee). Then it will be on to Spring Spring Spring!

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  8. Somethimes adjustments are so difficult, especially pants. I have left you an award on my blog.

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  9. We have had fab weather here too so its easy to be persuaded that summer has arrived - however the evenings get cold (not that I am complaining) I even dug out a summer dress to wear today lol.

    The pants look great - I love the v in the back fo the waistband too.

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  10. Your adjustments made a big difference. I always dread making trousers, or tend to sew up fuller dressier types because they just seem to fit better. I'll have to make a note of your deeper crotch seam, because I often have those wrinkles at the back, too.

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