- Traced the pattern with extra hip width (good call, I suspect, as my fabric has 20 per cent stretch and the pattern calls for fabric that has 30 per cent stretch).
- Altered the traced pattern per my denim leggings "sloper".
- Prepped the fabric. Washed and dried in machine. Then steamed to ensure no more vertical shrinkage.
- Cut the fabric.
- Marked the fabric.
- Threaded the serger. Tested the fabric with the serger.
- Threaded the machine. Tested the fabric with the machine.
- Read up on all the posts I could find about the Claudia pants (not much).
- Read up on crotch curves.
- Wrote 4 posts considering things (and thinking as I wrote).
I mean, if I think about it as prep, it seems so precursory and irritating. But if I think of it as sewing, then I sewed a lot! Bring out the wine!
This means I can simply get down to construction next weekend. And I do use the word "simply" with a wink. After all, we have no idea if this test run will be a perfect fit or a disaster. Looking at that curve, I'm leaning to the latter perspective - but, on the plus side, I've added so much extra fabric to the original curve that I should be able to baste everything, determine issues, and still be able to hack at the crotch without sacrificing the fabric. It's scary when this counts as a cautious success :-)
Amazingly, I only used @1 yard of my 2 yards of fabric, so this pattern is not a fabric hog. I may actually be able to get a second pair from my current yardage, minus the facings, should the need arise. (Oh, and I've bought another 2 yards of the fabric, so I can relax. Not to mention, I've got other denim stashed - albeit other denim with even less stretch than this denim.)
Well, that's my weekend. No knitting so far though I do want to finish the sweater. Just made a Bolognese sauce that's simmering on the stove and it smells fine.
What have you been up to?