Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Not quite sixteen candles....

Me Made May Day 1..let's start this mother out right shall we?!


Ah yes first off it's my birthday and every time I think about my birthday I think of this scene in one of my favorite movies, Sixteen Candles.  Some days I would give anything to pinch myself and be transported back to my former 16 year old self but then again I think 36 isn't so bad...(ask me at the end of the day how I feel about that).

To celebrate my birthday I took a couple days off work.  (Really I just needed to sew my Me Made May garments)  I finished up Simplicity 1696 Amazing Fit pants.  I'm not really sure how I feel about the word amazing.  Amazing to me would of been a great fit right out of the envelope, without the half day spent fussing over a saggy crotch.  It's sort of irritating to me that I matched my measurements up exactly to the pattern sizing and I still had to adjust for fit...not quite amazing.  First you choose your pattern size based on your waist and hip, pretty straight forward. You then measure your back crotch length to determine your figure type, slim, average, curvy.  Based on my measurements I'm a 12 average (story of my life).  


simplicity 1696
Giggity! Mood Fabrics red wool gabardine!!

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I have to say after getting the saggy crotch ordeal out of the way I am rather pleased with the fit. The pattern does allow for 1 inch seam allowances in key fitting areas.  Because of this I think I can get away with going down to at least a size 10.  I am wondering if I also go to a slim size if it will help alleviate the crotchiness??

 
I had no problems with the instructions on this pattern.  It was all very easy to follow and even easier to put together.  The one thing I did not care for is the faux welt pockets.  They seem pretty cheap and lazy.  I considered using the welt pockets off of the Sewaholic Thurlow pattern but in the end I'm am lazy.  I don't really care for back pockets anyway on my work trousers.  It seems like they are always bunching up and causing lumpy butt.


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Some details on the insides, sorry I forgot to take pictures...
     *For my pocket lining and waist facings I used leftover vintage kitty fabric from my Colette
       Macaron.  Oh they are purrfect!
     *My seams are all pinked.  I tried to use my new to me serger given to me by my hubby's granny
       but it was not cooperating. Think it needs a servicing.
     *I used my blind hem foot for the bottom hem.  I LOVE that foot!


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Oh Vito he's such a photogenic little pug!
So what is everyone working on?  I need some inspiration for my next project.  Oh you'll notice in the top two photos I have on yellow shoes and nude colored shoes. What's your pick? I kinda like the nude...

57 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! Mine was yesterday. Great minds must think alike...check out my blog post from yesterday: http://getmystitchon.blogspot.com/2013/04/whats-happening-today-and-series-of.html


    So how did you fix the saggy crotch? The end result looks great!

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  2. omg that is hilarious!! I love that part of the movie and even though he was a nerd I thought he was so cute!

    I fixed the crotch by taking in the inseam and I also took in the front rise a little as well. I just took them in at 1/4 increments until I got the fit I wanted.


    Following your blog now as well! :) And Happy Belated Birthday to you!

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  3. AWESOME BIRTHDAY OUTFIT!!! i think they look fantastic. i vote nude shoes, and i also vote you have a fantastic birthday!

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  4. These are gorgeous - amazing colour and great fit. Happy Birthday!

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  5. Happy belated b-day. I love the fit of your pants. All that fiddling definitely paid off. It fits better than a similiar pair bought from the store. Good job

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I really love this outfit! And really, the work was worth it because these pants look awesome. Now I'm going to be a total copycat and run out to get some red gabardine to make RED PANTS! Because all the cool kids are doing it ;)

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  7. Happy birthday! The pants look absolutely amazing! Love the colour!

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  8. Happy Birthday!
    I love these red pants. The colour is so bright and springlike (does this word exist?). The yellow shoes pair well with the necklace, even more colourful:-)

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  9. Happy Birthday!! Oh to be 36 again!! Wow! The pants look great on you! Would never had guessed you struggled with
    anything! I have yet to try and make myself pants, I have a hard time finding a
    pair in the store, the thought of wrestling with a pattern scares me still.
    Maybe a New Years Resolution for 2014 or 15. lol.

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  10. Happy birthday! The trousers are great, I love the colour and pleased to see that you managed to sort out the fit. My vote is for the yellow shoes because of the cute bow details

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  11. Happy birthday! Even though you didn't have a totally amazing experience with the pattern, the pants sure do look amazing on you! I love this outfit with the yellow shoes :-) Yellow means spring!

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  12. misscrayolacreepyMay 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Happy birthday!!!! You have a cute outfit to wear on your special day :)

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  13. I think these look great and not at all saggy! Great job! And I think I prefer nude, although I do live those yellow shoes!

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  14. Oh how rude - happy birthday too! My next one is 39, so you are a young spring chick to me! :)

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  15. Happy Birthday! Your pants turned out lovely!

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  16. You totally should! Today was my first day wearing them and I want to wear them everyday!!!

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  17. Thank you! Some days I still feel like a spring chick. lol

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  18. Thanks! and they were so comfy I didn't want to take them off!

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  19. Thanks! Even though I had my issues with it after wearing these pants all day I'm convinced they are pretty amazing and I want to make a pair in every color!

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  20. You know pants really aren't that bad. This is the second pair I've made and I seem to get along better with the pattern more than I have with dresses or shirts. I was scared of pants too at first.

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  21. That word exists in my world! Thanks!!

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  22. Thanks! It's been pretty fantastic so far!!

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  23. tania@sewitanyway.wordpressMay 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    ooh- lovely red trousers! :)
    And happy birthday!

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  24. Happy happy cake day! These pants are all kinds of rad and awesome and red!

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  25. Great Pants!! I think the fit is very nice and the red totally pops! Love your wall too, looks so artistic!

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  26. Happy Birthday, hope you had a good day:)
    I think the fit looks great, Vito is adorable :)

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  27. Happy birthday for yesterday! You can't have failed to have a brilliant day in such joyful cropped pants. I'd never heard of Sixteen Candles but the clip was pretty sweet, that's going on my LoveFilm list for sure.

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  28. Wow wow wow - these pants are AMAZING!!! I can't emphasize that enough - they look FANTASTIC! I have this pattern but I haven't used it - was scared of trying pants after my Clover disaster. Now I want to run home and try them.
    Happy Birthday!! Great job on these pants!!

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  29. I think those are the most cheerful pants I've ever seen! Happiest of birthdays to you!

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  30. This pattern is really easy to follow! I've never tried Clovers. The only other pants I've made are the Thurlows.

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  31. Thanks! Sixteen Candles is def a classic!

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  32. Thank you! My day was pretty awesome!

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  33. Thanks! I took these pics in my hubby's shop. He lined the walls with those 2x2 planks he got from his job. I think it looks pretty cool too.

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  34. Love those pants with that necklace!

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  35. Happy Birthday! I really love the red pants, I think they look great with the yellow shoes, for a splash of color, great job!

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  36. happy belated birthday! very cute pants! i was going to make some red pants and then i found some at the marshalls, he he, so now i'll probably keep making dresses. I just used my blind hem foot for the first time! I like it too, although it took a few times to catch every time.

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  37. 36???? No way. I would have never guessed. ...really? Well you look incredible, especially in your hot red pants!! Happy Birthday :)

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  38. Happy birthday, girlfriend! 36?! You're a babyface! I would've guessed 26! :D Anyway, I LOVE the pants-- they look STELLAR! No sign of any crotchiness, LOL. And Vito really is photogenic-- more than my two nerds!

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  39. Yep time sure flies when your having fun!

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  40. Thanks! Yes the blind hem foot is awesome. It always takes me some practice every time I use it.

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  41. Happy belated birthday! Love those red pants, so feminine!

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  42. Holy whaaaa? You're 36? I thought you were in your 20s... how's that for a compliment? Oh I also love your patns! And both shoe combos work... All around awesomeness :)

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  43. Why thank you my sweet dear friend!!! :) :)

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