For my sewing course I had to make a pair of trousers. Given the amount of frustration people wrote about when this subject was mentioned on pattern review, I was not exactly filled with joyful anticipation. I decided to go for Vogue 7881. It had good reviews, and didn’t look like too much of a fitting nightmare.
Before I even got started in this pattern though, I decided to try out the Vogue fitting pattern (V003) to get a rough idea of the fitting changes ahead of me. The poor thing never did get fine tuned to perfection, but it was a good way of working out length alterations and that yes, I do indeed to alter for my curving tummy. Not that this was a great surprise. Please see the fitting trousers page for more details of what I did.
So back to Vogue 7881. I can’t say anything nasty about this pattern. What I will say is trouser making does not fill my heart with joy, satisfaction, and an eagerness to go and make another pair. I haven’t happily blogged about my progress because said progress has been rather frustrating. I don’t think it is much fun to subject other people to the latest “I spent this many hours and I hate it” updates.
So, this is the nice short summary.
Version 1 photos – http://www.flickr.com/photos/51739988@N05/sets/72157629276641837/
and review – http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/72169
the final version
Loved the fabric. Did not love attaching the lining. Let’s just draw a line under it (literally). What’s funny is that I am not sure how often I will wear it, considering how easily it creases. They are more standing than sitting trousers!
and the final review:
and for good measure the notes for my course: Trouser evaluation