Hey there!

Once more I am back on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network with a new project. This month I fancied making a pair of trousers using another pattern from Cynthia Rowley Collection for Simplicity, Pattern 8264 using a Portuguese Sateen Fabric.

I’ve been sitting on this list of projects to make using Cynthia Rowley patterns for ages. And now it was time I did something about it. To make the trousers, I first made a wearable muslin/toile because the fabric does not have much give and the finished garment measurements suggested that there is not much ease in the pattern. Once I got the muslin/toile out of the way I decided that on this occasion it was best to make size 14, which is the size suggested by the pattern envelope to use for my measurements. (Usually, with Simplicity patterns, I end up going down to size 10 or 12 and then adjust the pattern for the front bodice).

Because the pockets needed to be hemmed on the curve, to make it smoother, I thread traced the seam allowance and clipped the seam about half way in before sewing it in place, to make the edge sit as flat as possible.

As the fabric is a tad too stiff, to reduce the bulk on the waistband seam, I added some colour by using some poly cotton which was a left over piece. To further reduce the bulk, I also finished the bottom edge of the inner waist band using some lose woven tape. Once the zipper was in place I stitched in the ditch from the right side and I did not need to worry that I will not catch the facing at the same time.

The only weird bit about the construction of these trousers is that you need to pin your pockets in place before you add the waistband, but not stitch them to the trouser front until the waistband in is place. Once you understand why they do it this way, it actually makes sense.

I did not use the instructions, other than to add the pockets to the trouser fronts. The rest came organically from my sewing experience. I just did what seemed right. The fabric was quite easy to work with. Although it looks like it might be slippery, it was not. Also, there is no chance in mistaking the right side with the wrong side, as the right side is shiny. In some of the pictures it looks a little like it’s wet.

Although, I made size 14 I still found that the trousers were to tight over my thighs, so I graded my seam from 1.5 cm at the waist to 1 cm at the hips. This made more room around my thighs and the trouser is not too fitted. I am however in the middle of losing some weight, so in a few weeks they will be looser on me. LOL.

Because the fabric is quite shiny I’ll end up wearing them more for events that require some elegant attire or going clubbing with the girls, maybe even on a date or two. I like that you can tell the pockets are there, not that I’ll use them to keep stuff in them. But, you know, when you do not know what to do with your hands, it’s nice to have the option to keep them in your pockets.

This project was so much fun to make. In this outfit I am so ready to party… Sparkly eye make-up and all… LOL

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity 8264 from Cynthia Rowley collection (view C)

Fabric: 1.3 m of Portuguese Sateen Fabric

Notions: 9 inch invisible zipper in black (I used a longer one than the instructions call for, which is 7”)

Sewing time: in total approx 3-4h (including tracing the pattern, not including the toile)

Modifications: I made size 14. I chose to make the size indicated on the pattern envelope based on my body measurements. I did not shorten the trouser length as I wanted them to hit lower than my ankles.

Fit: perfect.

Difficulty: advanced beginner

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes

Watch out for: be aware that on the Cynthia Rowley collection of patterns the sizing runs small so if you make something that is fitted, it might be a good idea to consider using the finished garment measurements on the pattern pieces to make sure the finished garment will fit you.

Make Again?: Yes. I like the shape of this trouser on me.

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