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First pair of Thurlow trousers in pinstripes

I finished this pair of Thurlows a couple of weeks ago, but I was too busy sewing and enjoying Thanksgiving to take pictures and get a post up.

This is the first pair that I’ve made and there are still adjustments to be made.

The back is not a shining example of the best possible fit, but it’s not bad, at all. With a rear like mine, it’s difficult to keep the pants from having some sort of cupping action without making the pants baggy.

The picture below explains why I have such a hard time finding pants that fit. Just take a gander at the shape of the back extension (And I’ll actually have to take the waist in just a tiny bit more on the next pair!). Look in the dictionary under the adjective “pear-shaped,” and you may just find me there waving back at you. Continue reading

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The Louisa Coat: Pattern and Construction Process

As I said in my previous post about this coat, I modeled it after a favorite well-worn coat that I have had for several years…

The store-bought coat is an extra-small, so it has always been difficult to wear anything too bulky underneath it in the winter. Therefore, I sized up just a tad for the pattern, to make it more like a size small.

My biggest complaint with this jacket was always the sleeves and armholes. I could hardly lift my arms in the jacket, especially when it was buttoned. It was so bad, I had difficulty extending my arms out in front of me, parallel to the ground…

There were some other changes. I widened the welt pocket opening a bit because I could hardly fit my hand into the opening on the store-bought jacket (and I have small hands). I also changed the placement of the welt pocket. Continue reading

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