Yep, most accomplished feeling project to date. Even though I love zippers - so much, there's something about putting a zip fly in that seems intimidating. Plus the fact that you want them to fit adds another layer of fun to the mix.
When I was first sketching my ideas for all the challenges, I drew a pair of high waisted flare jeans right away. It seemed like something I just would have to make, for fun, you know? I stumbled upon the Denim Trousers pattern at Burdastyle and went for it. I can't even tell you how many times I tried these on as I was making them. Plus I made a muslin (just shorts), but even then it was interesting to try and figure out what to change and adjust. I changed the legs quite a bit to get the fit and flare just right. I also added back pockets. Not sure about you, but I think pants without pockets on the back are just a little odd, or at least I feel odd wearing them!
This zip fly tutorial by Angela Kane on You Tube was really helpful. I think the next time I do it, things will feel much more natural, I was in the 'get it done' mode so using the video really helped. Alternately, there are quite a few awesome zip fly tutorials out there. If you're not into videos or if you just want to check out a variety here's a short list:
Grainline | Inserting a Fly Front Zipper Tutorial
Coletterie | Sewing a Fly Front
Oliver + S | Zipper Fly Tutorial
Figgy's | Conquering a Zip Fly
I used the Cotton Linen Denim from Robert Kaufman, purchased here. It's a great nice lightweight fabric, but still with that great denim look. I wanted to add special touches to make sure they didn't look like I bought them off a shelf. So for the pocket bags and waistband facing I added some of my favorite fabrics. Some Architextures and a lovely piece of Liberty of London bias tape. I love how custom it looks, after all they're made just for me, right? So why not.
I will say that I already want to make more pants now! Seriously need to go find a great apparel sewing shop, it's seems quite tricky to buy pant fabric online, I just wanna feeeel it! Any recommendations in the Minneapolis area maybe? I'm already wanting to go to SR Harris, it's been a few years since I've been there. I also feel like diving a little more into fitting, any good book recommendations or websites related to fitting that you know? Just curious. ♥
[Natalie made me do this.]
Today's the last day for voting on Project Sewn this week. And I've got a super fun project to share with you guys, I'm so excited about it! So excited!!!!
[couldn't resist sharing this pic I took of my girls]