The tale of this pair of trousers it’s a long one and involves a buttie; not the bacon sandwich type but a butt selfie.Let me explain.
I have a favourite pair (+4 pairs in different fabrics) of the ‘same shape’ Uniqlo trousers. They are super practical and ‘oh so comfy’. They look stylish with everything so I wear them constantly. Late April when I was working on my wardrobe inventory it became clear I had a serious compulsion-buy for them. More than enough evidence that it was time to make them instead.
There are a few methods of copying RTW without unstitching a thing. The first thing you need to do is to find and trace the grainline either with washable chalk or coloured thread. Large pieces need to be traced at multiple locations to make it easy to work. Using a large piece of silk organza, pin each piece, marking the seam lines, darts, pockets and any other detail. I like using a pencil to trace. Make sure you constantly smooth the organza while you pin. Than just transfer the markings to pattern paper, add seam allowance and sew up a muslin. You will have to true some seams with a ruler but that’s easy. If you feel that using the organza a bit too much work, you can use pins to mark the reference points direct into the pattern paper,or tailor’s chalk. People mostly called this the rub-off method.
I wasn’t really worried about sewing a muslin so I went straight to my fashion fabric. A beautiful stretch brocade that I grabbed free during a Fashion brand studio closure. I was planing to sew another BHL Georgia but I didn’t have anything else suitable and my need for a new pair of “my favourite trousers” was growing.
One hour later I walked to the living room and asked Hrh what was his thoughts on my new pair of trousers.
With a little frown Hrh said: “Let me see the back.”; so I turned waiting for the verdict.
Hrh: “Those pockets are ridiculous. It’s too high.”
Me: “No they aren’t, it’s just the way I like it”
Hrh: “Seriously amor; this is doing nothing for you.”
Got back to the sewing room and returned to the living room 5 minutes later wearing a pocket-less trousers. Gave him the pockets and pincushion; preparing myself for a ‘pin the tail’ experience. Took the pinned trousers off and look at the placement. Not trusting my man I moved the pocket a little bit again (up). Surely it needs to match the position of the original trousers, so I though. Sewn the pockets again and went back to the living room, adamant it was ready for me to wear it tomorrow.
Hrh:“Why those pockets still looking stupid? Did you moved them again?”
So I continued to argue my case that the pockets were just like the “pattern”. I been wearing them like this for years. Hrh challenged my argument by daring me to ask other sewists. Hence my butt on IG. Almost 100 comments later everyone agreed the pockets were just too high.
Ever since the trousers just remained unfinished. This pair and the other RTW pairs have remained un- worn. Looks like my ‘perfect’ pair is not so perfect after all. Is there salvation for these? Only the future will tell.