Stupid Triathalon

*Note to self: Self, you may not want to drink wine and cut out patterns on Saturday nights.

I’ve lost little weight this year while swimming with friend who was training for a triathalon.

The problem with that is clearly I think I’m thinner than I am. Last night I cut out the BWOF 4-2007-120 capris in a *34* after making my usual 38 and having them be big. I’m usually about a 6 in American RTW. It feels fine, but I think the smiley wrinkles under the butt and the wrinkles above the calf tell different story.

Why didn’t I just make a 36 like I suggested in yesterday’s post? Well, they were big and Wine + Sewing + Saturday Night = Body Dysmorphia.

Ummmm. Right.

Here are the results, no facing, no hemming, no zipper — just the down and dirty. Let’s focus on the positive here and not the fact that these now fit like pantyhose.

What I do like is that I cut the waistband on the true bias and did get this neat effect on the back. I think the hip yoke would have worked better if it was a straight horizontal. I had a little gape in the waist band, so I took that in about an inch before attaching it to the pant back.


original muslin below

What I don’t like is that I’ll be eating spinach with vinegar to be able to wear these pants.

I’ll still finish them and wear them. Because they have some lycra, I think they will stretch like jeans. I didn’t do the drop and squat yet because I haven’t finished them.

Let me say that this is a really nice pattern. Very flattering with nice details. I will be making them again this summer — in a 36. I will not be overconfident and cut a 34 ever again.

As for my friend, I drove out at 6:00 a.m. to see her race in the triathalon this morning and she placed 2nd for first time marathoners and 10th in her age group!

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12 thoughts on “Stupid Triathalon

  1. Your muslin was so big on you, I don’t blame you for going down two sizes, because when you said you were going down one size, I wondered if it would be enough.

    I love how the stripes look, going this way and that, and they all match at the seams – bravo!

  2. Your muslin was so big on you, I don’t blame you for going down two sizes, because when you said you were going down one size, I wondered if it would be enough.

    I love how the stripes look, going this way and that, and they all match at the seams – bravo!

  3. Before I give them the thumbs down, I’d like to know how they wear throughout the day. They will probably be like jeans and grow.

  4. Before I give them the thumbs down, I’d like to know how they wear throughout the day. They will probably be like jeans and grow.

  5. Chistina they really were enormous. I did debate the one size vs two and went with two.

    Erica B., I hope and think you are right. I’m so glad you say that!! These feel like my snug jeans that look great two hours into wearing them.

  6. Chistina they really were enormous. I did debate the one size vs two and went with two.

    Erica B., I hope and think you are right. I’m so glad you say that!! These feel like my snug jeans that look great two hours into wearing them.

  7. The striped pants are too tight? They don’t look it at all. I love them. wow, they really accent your perfect hourglass shape. I love how the stripes work for you.

  8. The striped pants are too tight? They don’t look it at all. I love them. wow, they really accent your perfect hourglass shape. I love how the stripes work for you.

  9. I’m afraid of making pants since they seem like the most difficult garment to make. Is my perception wrong? You did a great job!

  10. I’m afraid of making pants since they seem like the most difficult garment to make. Is my perception wrong? You did a great job!

  11. They look good actually, but I hate the feeling of a too snug fit too. I think fabric grow & fit just fine. let us know…

  12. A wise person told me, and I quote “I swear Burda like to try you!”

    Actually, the pants may give a little as you wear them. Denim sometimes does that.

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