I Completed Sewing a Garment . . . FINALLY

pat3I finally completed a garment.  And it fits!
And I like it.  At least I like it today.
Who knows how I will feel about it tomorrow?

KS 3433gaucho

The following is the review I entered on Patternreview.com

According to the fashion police,  a person of my stature should not use this large print fabric on her lower half as it will draw attention to her figure problem. But I LIKE it. Whose idea is it that I have a figure problem, anyway? If someone wants to pay the fines in advance before the fashion police arrive, I would appreciate it because I intend to wear this.

Fourteen Fittings & Finally Finished

I apologize for the bad photos. I seem to lose the “neatness” of my garment when I use the camera self timer and run to my photo taking position.

Pattern Description:
Misses’ Gauchos & Sash
I know this pattern is 1980-ish, but I don’t really like wearing shorts, slacks or skirts in the summer. So I  decided these to make some perfectly fitting culottes. It took forever to figure out how to get them close to that. On a scare of 1-10, I would give them 8.
Why?  The waistband sits below the natural waistline.  I discovered that one who is long waisted with a VERY short distance from the waist to a protruding derrier doesn’t do well with this type of style.  The waistband sits on me like the picture on the envelope.  I’m not used to waistbands being that low and although the waistband fits, I keep pulling it up.

Pattern Sizing:
Kwik Sew XS-XL

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn’t like instructions for sewing  the crotch and inserting the zipper so I followed directions from Vogue 2948.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Dislike: There aren’t notches in the pattern.
Like: This cutting lines are different colors. Pattern is not tissue paper

Fabric Used:
I think it is a cotton/polyester fabric that was part of the estate sale score I made. I had nearly seven yards! I figure the fabric was about 25 cents a yard and the I bought the pattern more than 20 years ago

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I  shortened the crotch by length 1 inch and extended the back  crotch by 1.5 inches.   I had always thought I needed that rear wedge alteration to keep the back center from pulling down. I created a 3/4 inch wedge on the first muslin but  removed it out on the second muslin. All I need to do is extend  the back crotch length.

I increased the front inner leg seams a total of 1/2 inch.

I decreased the waistband by 1.5 inches the first time, 2.5 inches the second time, and 3.25 inches the third time (These are total measurements, not incremental increases.)  I hate tight waistlines so I did it gradually. There is way too much to ease in the waistline. I went slowly with the waist adjustments because I didn’t know how the garment was supposed to hang on my hips.

The garment was shortened 2.50 inches. This includes the 1″ crotch shortening.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I plan to make again but am going to raise the waist, after all I have it fitted and everything memorized.  Once I am satisfied with the fit again, I intend to use it as a guide for other patterns. I want to buy some really nice fabric for the final! Suggestions anyone?

I don’t know if I would recommend it to others. There are so many similar patterns out there that can be used.

Conclusion:
I really like these and I plan to make them again.

According to the fashion police,  a person of my stature should not use this large print fabric on her lower half as it will draw attention to her figure problem. But I LIKE it. Whose idea is it that I have a figure problem, anyway? If someone wants to pay the fines in advance before the fashion police arrive, I would appreciate it because I intend to wear this.

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3 thoughts on “I Completed Sewing a Garment . . . FINALLY

  1. Kathy – you don’t show your whole self in the photos, but judging from what I can see, the print size is pretty good for your body. And the fit is wonderful! Seriously, you have fit, you have flowers, you have pink and purple. Just add a few rhinestones and you will be good to go:-)

    I do see what you mean about wanting the waist a smidge higher. I get that feeling with RTW a lot. And I have a feeling we will be returning to the high waisted look with no happy medium in between. We will have to keep sewing!

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