|Vogue 1378, view B|
|Need to adjust my camera -- not sure why it's so grainy.|
|Opening on outside of leg results in a bit of a flare.|
Top stitching detail is even more pronounced here.
My only gripe with the pattern is that there were no measurements for the finished garment, and no markings for where body landmarks were expected to fall (other than the 1" below waist at the top). I spent more time fiddling with the tissue, trying to figure out what size to make than I actually spent sewing them. I finally gave up, and went with Shams' method of going down two sizes from what Vogue's size chart indicated for my body measurements. I think it worked out fine for me -- any larger, and the pants would bag. However, if the fabric had any less stretch, I may have to increase some areas.
|My attempt to estimate the measurements failed...lucky for me, the pants fit perfectly.|
Since there are no side seams, I was worried about how I would handle it if they did not fit. Luckily, I didn't have to worry about alterations, other than making the elastic at the waist a few inches shorter. I cut 2" off the bottom when I hemmed, as the pants were a bit to long for my 5'5" frame (I rarely wear heels).
|Lapped & Top stitched Seams|
Trimming the seam edges gave me some grief. Nearly ever seam is lapped, and top stitched at least twice per seam, then fabric is trimmed close to the stitching. My hand was just not steady enough to cut perfectly, but the black hides most of those issues. The crazy piecing ends up making some nice design lines in the finished product.
|One leg stitched and trimmed before sewing the inseam.|