For those of you wondering if I gave up on the sewing project upon which I embarked a few weeks ago, I’m happy to report that I have finally finished the pants. I can also say that these are definitely “tuition pants.” There was blood (wow! sewing machine needles are sharp!) and sweat, but no tears in this project. In fact, I was actually a miracle of patience throughout the process.
And here’s why…
I came home with lovely fabric from Paron Fabrics only to realize that the diagonal pin-striping really wasn’t suited for pants. Another subway ride to the garment district and $20 worth of new fabric later, I had the pants cut out and plunged into the sewing. I finished the first pants leg and was just embarking on the second when my sewing machine died.
So off the machine went to the (sewing machine) doctor. Ninety-five dollars later, I had it back and resumed my sewing. I finished the second leg and paraded around the apartment wearing what looked like chaps (the legs weren’t yet joined) before I decided I should redo two of the seams. Happier with the fit, I then attempted to install the invisible zipper. It took only about 6 tries before I had it installed correctly and fairly invisibly. I was very proud and went to show my husband.
Up, down, up, down went the zipper, and then Zwooop! I pulled the zipper pull right off the track.
Another subway ride and .75 cents later, it only took me another 4 attempts to install the invisible zipper. I finished the waistband, and with my husband’s pinning help, hemmed the pants.
Here they are in multiple views…
I couldn’t be happier! And you know what? I’m looking forward to my next project.
(A special thank you to my mother who taught me to sew; and to my husband who tolerated the ironing board and iron in our entry way, along with lots of black threads all over the apartment floor for a few weeks!)