Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Official declaration: owing to the fact that my most recent project (discussed later) took 6 MONTHS to go from cut out to worn, I hereby declare that in 2010, Sarahbelle sews for Sarahbelle!!!! Seriously, the pants were not that hard, or labour-intensive. They were simply interrupted by my sewing other projects for other people. Don't misunderstand: I don't in the least regret the time I spent on Kali's wedding gown, or Aunt Neno's vest or Logan's shirt(s) or Myra's dress, or -- well, you get the idea. I enjoyed all of those projects. However, because my job puts me somewhat in the public eye, and people know that I sew, and sometimes teach sewing, they expect to see me in new clothes that I have made from time to time. As such, my reputation was beginning to suffer.
I am happy to report: at today's meeting of Panola Squares Quilt Study Guild I wore my new pants for the very first time.
They were a big hit.
Using Sandra Betzina's Vogue 1050, and made of silk gabardine (purchased from, I embellished them with tabs embroidered on my new Elna Xperience 8200, instead of purchased frogs. I'll admit to not being completely happy with the embroidered tabs. Oh, the embroidery is beautiful, and, if I do say so myself, beautifully done; but they are a tad large overall. Worse, when the pants were completely done, and I mentioned to my husband that I wish the design had been smaller, he wondered (aloud - why does he do that?) why I hadn't made it smaller. I explained that that was the size the machine made. Whereupon he walked over to the machine, turned it on, brought up the design I had used, pushed the 'edit' button, and reduced the design 60%.
It's hard to be mad about this with the person who gave me the machine in the first place, but I came awfully close.
Other than my own failings, I liked this pattern very much. There are a few places, such as the pieced waistband, that is only interfaced on alternate pieces, that didn't seem to make sense. I have learned to trust Ms. Betzina, however, and soldiered on. The waistband went together perfectly, and fits like bespoke tailoring.
I'll make these pants again, someday. First, I have a LOT of projects on my list ahead of them.
Stay tuned: this is the year Sarahbelle's wardrobe goes completely custom-made!


  1. Yay for Selfish Seamstressing!! Love the pants although I think you are right about the size of the embroidered tabs. The design is quite lovely. Now I must make mine... After the dress, jacket, tops, jeans.....and my kids need clothes, and Mitch needs running shorts and scrubs and what did I get myself into? Good thing it's so fun.

  2. You'll enjoy these pants -- both making and wearing.
    If you want embroidered tabs instead of purchased frogs, let me know. I now know how to edit . . .