Yes, my current motto is: That'll do.
Simplicity 4194 was one of my first pattern purchases way back in 2008 when I had no clue about patterns. Back then I used to pay full Australia retail prices for my patterns so I thought, "Six different pieces for the price of one pattern? Why not." Now that I've sewn a bit more and shopped a lot more, I try to do some research and wait for patterns to be discounted before buying them.
The fabric is a remnant from my first Vogue dress. It is a medium weight cotton from Spotlight, a little stiff and without any stretch, but I swear it was not from the quilting section.
I cut a size 6 tapering to a size 8 waist. I took in the leg hem width by 2 inches -- half an inch from the side seams and another half from the inner seams tapering to nothing at the hips. I tried to take it in further, but it started to look disfigured. So I yielded to the pyjama shape.
You'd think that would make these comfortable. They are, but not at the waist. I stubbornly ignored my tape measure and cut the twill tape for the waist stay/band short. I had to ease in the waist edge into my twill tape and left the tapes' bottom edge unstitched for fear of puckering. I did stitch it down where there were seams.
I also missed the instructions about installing a lapped zip, so these pants sport a side seam centre zip if that makes any sense.
Despite all my issues and user errors with the pattern, I still plan to use this pattern again with some modifications. It will be quick to sew once I get the fit right, and the view F city shorts version could be a good way to use remnants that are too heavy to be made into tops.
Taking a page from The Sew Weekly, here are the facts:
- Fabric: Medium weight cotton from Spotlight c. 2010
- Pattern: Simplicity 4194 Sportswear View E Pants
- Year: c. 2006?
- Notions: Twill tape and zipper
- Time to complete: Hours! (too many alterations)
- First worn: Sunday, 29 July 2012, at a bowling club
- Wear again? Yes, good enough for my kind of casual weekends