The Opposite of Nice Pants

Yesterday was not my best day ever, sewing or otherwise.  My toilet was apparently feeling sick and decided to make a disgusting mess in the house, which took a plumber and some restoration guys most of the day to clean up.  Tonight I will be sleeping with some fans and dehumidifier type machines, if I decide to stay in my bedroom instead of the upstairs one.  And I rent a house, so all of this had to involve the landlord who lives far away.

And all of that happened after I failed at pants.

Earlier last week I made a list.  So this weekend, Elizabeth came over and we got ready to tackle pants, which were project #8 from my list.  I even decided to spare you all the standard project pictures because I have made pants a lot.  The pattern I used is the same one I used to make my Steampunk costume pants.  I don’t know if I was feeling rushed or what, but I made some bad decisions.

My first bad decision involved fabric choice.  It is perfect for nice work pants, but it was fray-tastic.  The picture below is not even as bad as most of the fraying I dealt with while making these pants.

I had a little bit of confusion over the zipper, and I remember having some last time I made these pants as well.  Here is the zipper after I have attached one side of it, in case others have some trouble with the pictures in the pattern instructions (Butterick 4861).

Things went well enough until I got to the waistband. I made several bad decisions here:

1)  I thought it would be a fine idea if I did not use interfacing for the waistband.  The grain of this fabric was not stretchy in the appropriate direction, so I figured that would work fine.  It didn’t.

2)  Since I hate slip-stiching so much, I decided I would topstitch the entire waistband, near the seam and at the top.  This would allow me to close the waistband well, and still have the stitching show.  This part might have worked out ok if I had used interfacing (see error #1).

After I had stitched one side of the waistband to the pants, I folded the waistband in half, and pinned the bottom part of the waistband, tucked under, to the inside.  Again, it looked okay for now.  I even managed to get the zipper area pinned nicely where slip-stitching would have been necessary.

When I began to do the top-stitching is when I should have noticed my error.  As I stitched, the fold of the waistband started twisting a little.  And the further I stitched, the more twisted it got, even if I tried to adjust it a little.  And yet for some reason I kept going.  Maybe I was punishing myself for some unknown reason.  By the time I was done and looked at the mess I had made, I knew it was so far gone I would not bother with a button and buttonhole.

Yuck.  I suppose I could still wear them with a really long tunic to work?  If I feel like hemming this disaster that is.  In all likelihood I will name them something silly (Woeful Waistband Pants?  Twisted & Evil?  Pants of the Dead?) and hang them in effigy next to Cthulu bag.  Here is a more zoomed out shot of the evil waistband.

I am thinking this is probably a sign that I should step away from my sewing machine for a little bit, despite my looming list of projects.  Maybe I will do other crafty things in the meanwhile.  Cheers!


7 comments for “The Opposite of Nice Pants

  1. Jill
    November 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Well, I applaud your bravery in even attempting to make a pair of non-pajama pants. I am not that gutsy. 🙂

    • jadesabre9
      November 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Hah, thanks. Not sure it is warranted. I’d probably call it stupidity over bravery … 😛

  2. November 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I vote for wearing a tunic if you can make it work. I really love the color of those pants. You have my sympathy – sewing fails are the worst fails.

    • jadesabre9
      November 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

      If I can make a nice enough tunic that I am happy with, perhaps. Thanks for the sympathy, bud! 🙂

  3. Liz
    November 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I’m very familiar with the disaster projects….I vote going with the tunic (or a wide belt) especially if the rest of the project looks good! Sorry I was there to lend moral support :-/

    • jadesabre9
      November 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks. I don’t know if i think the rest of it looks good or not. We’ll see.

  4. jadesabre9
    November 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks. I don’t know if i think the rest of it looks good or not. We’ll see.


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