There is nothing new in the construction of these pants. I started with my TNT pattern...so for all of you looking for pant fitting info., I have none to offer in this post. I started working on this pants pattern almost 15 years ago and in the interim I've enlarged it to fit my growing abdomen/behind, changed the size of the legs and added length as needed.
I did add a half inch to each side of the front pieces only. Some days I need a little extra in the abdomen and some days I don't. But I'd rather my pants have a more trouser fit than a pants fit...me and tight aren't besties like that! I also added an inch to the hemline because I plan on wearing higher heels with these pants (but after seeing the pics, I think I'm gonna re-hem them a little shorter).
Finally I lined them by serging the lining to the fashion fabric and then sewing the lined fashion fabric as one piece. I finally settled on this application for lining pants for several reasons.
1. I used the flat lining technique on a pair of pants two years ago. I wear the pants but only when it's really cold and when I'm pushed up against the wall. By the end of the day that seam starts to irritate the heck out of my inner thighs. I don't experience this with the serged seam.
2. I haven't experienced lining failure since I started using this lining technique. Seriously! It's probably because the two fabrics no longer work against each other.
3. I'm tired of remaking pants. My linings are shredding right at the inner thighs and I don't have this problem when the lining is serged to the fashion fabric.
Also, I love the heft the fabric has once the lining is attached directly to the fabric. The pants feel weighter which is what I want in a pair of winter pants. Don't forget that I wear elastic waist pants. They just work for me and I'm now unrepentant about that fact! *LOL*
Me attempting to "model" like the ad!
Why did my daughter think this was a good idea ~ LOL!
One more thing...I wear trousers and not pants. Personally I abhor when pants cup the buttocks and give me a full view of what you're working with. I like the look of trousers...where the pants fit the buttocks but then gently flow into the legs no cupping involved. And for one time only...never to be seen again...I'm including a picture of the buttocks on my pants so you can see what I mean.
Lord have mercy can't believe I'm sharing this view with you! *LOL*
I'm wearing these trousers with the cardigan which was the starting piece for the City in Winter Collection. The cardigan is also the bridging piece bringing the brown and the gray pieces together. So there are now just two pieces left to finish in the City in Winter Collection...a skirt and a jacket from this gray wool crepe. The two dresses and blouse are going away. I have more than enough pieces in this collection to coordinate with each other so I'm calling it done when these last two pieces are sewn.
See nothing exciting, sexy or slimming about these pants but very much needed in this weather! BTW, based upon your comments, which I sooooo appreciate, my next post will be all about taking apart a pair of sewn-by-me pants and remaking them.
...as always more later!