completed: colette’s clover, v2.0

19 Dec

or i guess you could call these version 5.0, considering this is the fifth time i’ve made these trousers (the first three being oh-god-you-can’t-wear-that-in-public muslins).


not much to say about these – i’m still picking away at my pants-fitting, still can’t decide if i’m making shit better or worse as i slash & tape. i received a lot of good feedback on my last clover post (i definitely recommend taking a peek if you are still questioning your pants-fitting), and made some more changes to the front of the pattern – added a tiny bit back to the front rise, and scooped out a little more of the front crotch. next time, i will need to add to the sides what i took off the front (i left it off because, well, i don’t know why.), as the whole top was super tight until i reduced the seam allowance to something laughably thin.

these pants have LOTS of wrinkles, but i’m fairly certain that a good chunk of them are due to my fabric choice – that shitty stretch poplin i bought from fabric mart, which btw is on my list of online fabric stores i will not buy from again. it’s a *very* flimsy fabric, so i underlined the pants with more stretch poplin… just serged all the pieces together. there is a little sheen to the fabric so i think that is also making the wrinkles look more pronounced. i have also convinced myself that those smooth pants on the colette website must be photoshopped, and whether or not this is actually true, i still feel quite a bit better about myself.

oh, and these pants would have been ready last week, except that after i finished *everything* and put them on to check the length for hemming… the red zipper broke and i had to cut myself out of my pants. EW. i did not have another red zipper (that one was actually pulled from a pair of wool pants i harvested for the material a couple of years ago), and i didn’t want to go back to the fabric store so i just used an orange zipper in my stash. it doesn’t match, but no care!

red clovers

red clovers
the leg wrinkles are from wearing them all day! they are VERY comfortable! haha!

red clovers
see the orange zipper? yep, me neither.

red clovers
view from the back

red clovers
with my leopard jacket! 😀

red clovers - inside
here’s an inside shot – i bound the facing with white bias tape. and there’s my orange zipper lol.

i actually bought another piece of fabric that i think will make up a great little pair of clovers – more on that tomorrow!

red clovers

13 Responses to “completed: colette’s clover, v2.0”

  1. didyoumakethat December 19, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I think they look great! I also think these trousers are incredibly difficult to photograph without (as the Sewist) immediately becoming obsessed with every crease and wrinkle. On to pair number six…?!

  2. Kimberly December 19, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    wow, much better fit; nice job!

  3. Marie December 19, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    These look amazing Lauren, you did such a great job overcoming yout initial fitting issues! I wish I could wear this style of trousers, but I really, truly can’t get away with it!

    • Angela December 19, 2011 at 11:44 am #

      Very nice. I love them with the leopard jacket

  4. wundermary December 19, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    I think that these would look pretty darn good if you’d added what you took off of the CF to the SF. It looks like you’ve gotten rid of that Rick James Pouch Pants look!

    You know, if you’ve just had enough already, you could take a pair of pants that do fit you well and turn them wrong side out. Place one leg inside the other and compare the crotch seams to your muslin, to see what it is that you really need to tweak, if anything.
    Cheating, I know. But, sometimes it’s way less maddening.

    • lladybird December 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      yes! there is no more droopy crotch, yay!

      i may try the cheating way. pretty much all my (not handmade)pants are low-rise, though, so i’m not sure if the rise would affect the way the crotch is fitted. that’s why i’ve held off doing that thus far, anyway!

  5. leahfranqui December 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    These are adorable, and I am wild about the color. I like using surprise zippers, it’s like, heh, you thought these were black pants but CHECK OUT MY TEAL ZIPPER, BITCHES! It feels pretty bad ass, honestly. These go very well with your new blazer. I think I bought that same thin stretch poplin that was on sale for 1.99 on Fabric Mart, and I used it for my clover muslin. I still have a bunch left in different colors, but it’s all going towards blouses, it’s way too flimsy for anything else.

    Well done. I can’t wait to see number 6…

  6. weefrills December 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Cute! All my store-bought work pants get this wrinkly. Can’t wait to see them in fancier fabric. Do like the magenta/red color.

  7. molly December 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    Wrinkles and all, I actually think these look really good. You may notice all the things wrong with it, but other people wouldn’t unless you told them or showed them the insides.

  8. Sassy T December 20, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    They look fab. . .

  9. Scruffybadger December 20, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Gosh, another tempting pair of wunderclovers from you – & pairing with your leopard jacket – LOVE!
    When I eventually get round to making mine I shall be SO disappointed if I don’t look as good as you in them. They are an adorable colour & I just want some for me. Thing is, I don’t really think I’m going to dramatically change my shape, so fingers crossed they suit me & I can magically get them fitting comfortably first time round with my first pair. No way do I want to go through all the tweaks & get any more familiar with my crotch & rear curves! I admire your persistence & patience – it’s worth it!

  10. gingermakes December 20, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Say, these look good! Love the red! Damn wrinkles– it’s super annoying when you finish up a garment, wear it for 10 minutes, and the whole thing looks like you wadded it into a ball before putting it on. 😦


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