After a couple of weeks, I just couldn't fight the urge to MAKE SOMETHING any longer. After all, I have stacks of fabric just sitting around getting wrinkled, waiting for me to cut them apart and sew them back together again! Finally, I opened a pattern envelope: my jeans from SWAP.
One reason I hadn't started them earlier, was that I just couldn't find fabric that I was happy with. I'm too picky to buy apparel fabrics locally, and too impulsive to order swatches from my internet sources (I just order 3 yards of what I think I may like and sometimes it works). For example - I thought I was getting Nantucket Red,
So I now own several yards of denim and twill that I really don't have the desire to make into anything (the pink denim is only one example of several of my not-so-satisfying internet purchases). Every time I glance at the pink denim, I think about a cute little jacket my daughter wore when she was 3. It was adorable on a little tiny girl. And it may look okay as a jacket on me, but not anything I would wear on my bottom half. So, rather than waste the fabric, I decided I would dye it to the perfect shade of...who knows...but what do I have to lose? I either hold on to fabric that I will never use, or I try a different color. Or I could even use it as wearable muslin for my jeans, but I'm not one to waste fabric!
I didn't get very far with the McCall's pattern. It's a fine pattern that turned out some lovely jeans for my daughter -- it wasn't the pattern, it was me. I was in shock over how much my waist expanded after a winter of no exercise. Perhaps the daily dose of pinot noir (medicinal, of course) added to my weight gain. So, after a few minutes of trying to find my natural waist, I wrapped the pattern back up (thoroughly disgusted with myself) and started using the newly completed home gym. By the way, my husband's high expectations and attention to detail have resulted in a basement transformed into something that I am quite comfortable exercising in.
While sitting on the exercise bike watching the Great British Sewing Bee, I realized that I don't really want to make M6610. Instead, I made a rub-off of some very comfortable pants that I own and wear quite frequently. This method allows me to stay in denial of my expansive waistline, as it requires no measurements of my own body parts. I've completed a draft, and the toile, and they appear to fit well, so now on to tweaking the fabric and making the garment.
With summer approaching, I am longing for Nantucket Reds, but I don't own any fabric in that shade. I do own Bubblegum Pink (not to mention: Rust -- advertised as "Wine" -- and Muddy Yellow-Brown that emulated a lovely Rich Cocoa over the internet). Surely, I can mix some dye together and mute the Hubba-Bubba to a nice Sun-Washed Coral?