See I bought a really long wool coat with lots of swirl and sass thinking that I would look good, as well as, warm and still be able to wear a dress or skirt/twinset combo with some tights. Well I'm here to tell you that nahhhhh that don't work! I put said coat on Tuesday over a white turtleneck twinset and my black Burda wool crepe skirt with some black tights. I walked to the bus stop and was freezing during the 2 minute wait for the bus...because the wind caught up under all that swirl and sass and stung the bejessuz out of my bodacious booty (which the coat does manage to hide quite well, thankyouverymuch!).
So yesterday morning when it was a couple of degrees colder and still as windy, I opted for a pair of black lined pants. But again I have this problem with the linings wearing out after one season of wear, which made 3 of the 5 pairs of black wool crepe pants unwearable. This does not make me happy especially since my favorite weatherman says that next week will be even more bitterly cold...and since it was even quite chilly in Mexico yesterday morning (this fact delightfully shared by said favorite weatherman)...I'm thinking it's gonna be a C-O-L-D winter so I'm gonna be needing some more pants.
Now I know that many people have challenges sewing pants...fitting the crotch curve, making the fly fronts lay flat and insert well...not having that extra fabric underneath the booty. I also know that many people think of elastic waist pants as their grandmama's pants...but I'm all about the comfort! Since I not only possess a bodacious booty but my abdomen is no shrinking violet either...these work for me. And seriously, if I hadn't told you would you have known:
black wool stretch pants with JJill knock off vest
black linen pants with tailored linen jacket
Black stretch wool pants & jacket
part of my SWAP collection
brown/pink pinstripe jacket & pants
Due to this challenge, I pondered and pondered and realized that I need a new lining method. I used this lining technique
for this pair of pants and they wear wonderfully:
For this version the lining and fashion fabric are serged together to make one piece and then the pants are sewn as normal. I'm going to improve on this and actually sew the two pieces wrong sides together using a 1/4" seam, pressing flat and open and then constructing the pants. This will give the inside seams a finished look. Hopefully I won't have the issues I'm presently dealing with which I believe is because of the bodaciousness of my thighs.
To my fellow plus size readers, have you ever noticed how RTW does not offer a lot of lined pants to our market segment? Now retailers will offer "slimming" factors but no lining. I'm sure some of it is cost controls but do you really want to pay $95 (on average) for a pair of pants with no lining? So I'm thinking that I need to employ this technique for the couple of pairs that I want to make this weekend. That's right I said couples as in 4. I decided to aim high and hopefully end up with 2 completed pairs of pants. That should get me through the week when added to the twinsets, sweater jackets and jackets already in the closet.
...as always, more later!