In a bid to sew down my stash, I’m making every piece “work”. Before I knew enough to know better, I bought 2 1/4 yards of red velour fabric intended for a sexy, self-designed Christmas dress. Mind you, VELOUR, and the fact that I don’t celebrate Christmas.
But do you remember when velour tracksuits were ‘in’? I desperately wanted a velour track suit, too … until it became a suburban mom trend. Half a lifetime later, enter (half of) an ironic velour track suit. I honestly don’t care how long this outfit lasts, because…VELOUR. The pattern is Burda Style 6789, my go-to for casual pants.
This pair was the spawn of Satan, I swear! If I were a sewer who keeps wine handy in her studio, I’d say I cut them while drunk. But I don’t drink and sew…so I don’t know what happened. Nothing lined up. Like, by a lot. I had to do so much ridiculous fudging and cutting to get the seams to line up…and these are pants I’ve sewn three times before, all successfully.
The fabric was squirmy, totally a pain in the butt to work with. When I cut it, the edges curled straightaway. When I tried to stretch the cut edges, they were completely non-stretch in some places, light stretch in others, regular stretch in still others. Some years ago I came across a knit fabric that stretched on the crosswise grain but was 99% non-stretch along the straight grain. It was weird and annoying. This fabric pissed me off even more than that one (not the least because I didn’t bother working with the other one).
Once I accepted my pieces didn’t line up and the fabric was a nightmare, the sewing process was pretty straightforward. This is, after all, my fourth pair of these pants. I think I’ll cool this pattern for a bit, though, as I need more work pants than casual pants.
Pulling these on for the first time, my first thought was, ‘ooh, soft’ — the fabric feels so wonderful on my skin. Kind of like wearing a teddy bear. My second thought was completely obliterated by seeing these pants in the mirror. Uhm. Fabric choice is everything. Other versions of these pants made in ITY were drapey and loose fitting. Granted, I did narrow the pattern vertically in back by about 3/4″ per leg for this pair, but… All I can say is, I’m so glad the pattern now fits perfectly. Because it looks like I made leggings!
I don’t know if I drastically overestimated the stretch in the fabric, or if those vertical tucks made that big of a difference, but these pants are snug. They fit perfectly, and I love them because red pants are the best thing ever, but…nothing about them was what I was expecting. I do believe I’ll wear these until they fall apart, which means they’re a successful make. Though for the record — this fabric feels so good that had I the yardage for a matching hoodie, suburban mom trendiness would have been mine!! *insert evil laugh*
So that’s my tale of wardrobe derring-do, and I’m sticking to it! Have you ever sewn something you suspected might be a bad idea, but might also be a good time anyway?