Three of my coworkers independently asked me on Friday what I'm doing on my three day weekend.
Each time I replied, "I think I'm going to sew my first pair of trousers."
I was met with silence each time.
But you, dear reader, understand how exciting this is!!
Tonight I sewed my first fly front zipper for trousers sample.
I've sewn fly fronts for jeans but not for trousers before. The order of construction is a little different and I wanted to practice first. This sample is using the Sewaholic Thurlow trousers pattern. I followed a combination of pattern instructions and Lladybird's sewalong picture tutorial.
The inside is ok. There is a little bubbling which I think was probably due to the fabric not being aligned properly when I sewed the crotch seam. However, that was all the way at the beginning so I can't verify that now.
The insidelooks ok for the most part. That fly front extension seems gigantic, but I think that's because when the waistband gets sewn on, it will have a button AND a hook/eye type closure on the inside, so it has to be wider.
But I'm more concerned about the zipper length. The pattern calls for a 4" zipper, and I actually had one from Fabrix in SF. This means, though, that the distance from the top of the pants to the start of the zipper is 1.125"!!!! If you sew the waistband with a 5/8" seam, there would be 1/2" gap between the waistband and the top of the zipper, amIright???
I sewed the crotch seam, front and back at the start of the sample. Here is a good reason why you really need to
a) be precise
b) check the back pockets before sewing in the zipper. The welts are not aligned with each other!
Here's a view from the inside. The pattern has this triangle shaped extension, like men's trousers, which would enable you to 'let out' the pants in the future for any, um, expansion...I'm not sure if that will make it into my version as that part got lopped off during muslining...
So, what's next??? Antoinette helped me with my trouser muslin last weekend, so I am going to take it apart and sew up one more muslin, and if all's well, I'm going to make my trousers!
Love the delicate pink outlining some of these peony petals from the Princeton Farmers Market.