Muslin Monday and S.E.X.

Of course, I mean Stash Enhancement eXperience.  What did you think I was talking about?

ANYHOO, I hit the Fabric District in LA on Saturday and spent $48.  I was going to pick up some summery things in bright colors.

This weighed down the entire front end of my car, y'all.

Apparently, I thought I was going to pick up a personality transplant along with it.  Nope.  I’m still about all things dark and drear.  18 yards of it, in fact.  I particularly like the black twill with greenish-gray stars (2 yards).  Looking at it, I noticed that the stars have a definite up and down direction so I’m going to have to be careful not to cut into it upside down, which I think would make me an accidental Satanist.  Or something.


I used some of the dark denim to make a muslin of Simplicity 4110.  I figured, I have a ridiculous amount of denim right now.  If it works out — hey, wearable muslin!  If not, eh well….  This is how far I’ve gotten today:

The topstitching looks faded because I used regular thread. I wanted something subtle.

I tried on the pants with some strategic pinning and I got to say, this pattern is not designed for those of us who are round of derriere.  It also has the WORST front fly instructions I’ve seen in my life, and I’m a gal who likes front flies and finds them relatively simple.  Now I know why so many people loathe fly zippers.   I’m thinking that I might unpick the crotch seam and sew 3/8″ seams instead of 5/8″ to tweak the fit a little.  I’m also starting to realize that I need to extend the front crotch curve on pants to avoid horizontal lines at the thigh.  I’ll pick this up again tomorrow and see if I can make it work.


Sanctuary tonight at 10 pm — yippee!  I need a break from reality.


Posted on June 13, 2011, in sewing. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I did the “who the hell was I shopping for?” experience at Dress Barn once… ended up with all this bright, jewel tone stuff that matches NONE of my normal clothes!

    • I used to do that — now I leave the tags on everything in my closet until I’m ready to wear it. Usually if it really doesn’t match the rest of my clothes then it’ll become obvious and I can take it back before it’s too late. Most recently returned: denim clamdiggers. Seriously, what was I thinking?

  2. Love the fabric—especially the subdued camo 🙂

    Good luck with the jeans. I must admit I have my two pants patterns that fit and I am terrified to try any others…

    • I swear, I thought that camo was grayish in the shop — nope, more of a brown but it does have black splotches so I think it’ll fit in with my lineup just fine. 🙂

      Once I get that TNT pattern, I plan to adapt it to different styles rather than going through all the fitting struggle again. Because of my weight fluctuations, I have to keep several different sizes as well as styles around — makes it a bit more challenging! If only I wore dirndls, my sewing would be much easier.

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