The wonderful design lines of these pants are achieved through lapped seams that are top stitched with a straight stitch. Yes, a straight stitch. I had my doubts about that straight stitch the first time around. Those doubts were confirmed after wearing the pants a few times. Pulling them over my hips resulted in several popped stitches. Perhaps I should have made them looser ;-). So in round two, I used a twin needle to stitch the lapped seams. I really love the result.
|There is no pivoting with a twin needle, so the turns are taken s-l-o-w-l-y.|
I actually like the tunneling created by the twin needle. It adds dimension. However, I did reduce the bobbin tension slightly so they are not too pronounced. Watching the tunnels appear while I sewed was so much fun, that I sewed extra lines of stitching.
|View of the side slit and tunnels. Color is off in the inside shots. It's really a burgundy.|
Honestly, I don't know how many of these I need, but they are fun to make and wear. And they meet my comfort requirement. I'm always on the lookout for a stable knit for another pair.
|And now an even different color appears! Back of lower leg.|
|Here we go -- this is the real color. |
They even work well for walking the dogs in hiking boots!
It was easy to sew, but very difficult to cut. It just refused to lay flat, even after removing the selvages. I washed it twice, pressed it several times and almost gave up entirely before I decided to just cut it unfolded. A bit high maintenance for a ponte, don't you think?
|Nasty winter weather = bad indoor photos|
Last year's pair was a bit too low-rise for me, and the pattern description does mention "one inch below the waist", so I lengthened the rise by one inch all around. That was a bit too high, especially in the front. I almost feel like Urkel.
|Knees are little stretched out.|
Maybe it's not the perfect fabric.
So maybe I do need to make it again -- at least if I'm going to achieve the perfect fit. (1) Lengthen the back rise by 3/4", leave the front as-is or maybe add 1/4". (2) Shorten leg length by about 1"-1.5". It is pretty quick to sew, after all. There is the difficulty in finding the right fabric, however!
*My very stringent criteria for fabric = low poly content, nice color and a "nice" weight.