Long time, no see, eh? I’ve been working hard on losing some weight, so I didn’t want to sew something that might not fit in a few weeks. I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve had to start taking in some of my favorite tops and my jeans and skirts are too big to stay on my waist.
I finally took the plunge and made up one of the Gertie for Butterick patterns. This is Butterick 5895, crop top and capris. I made the capris. I’ve read in the blogosphere that these run large. I’m not sure I buy that. I’m down a full size from a month ago and according the the measurements, the largest size should have fit me. I had to add 0.5 to the side seams to get them to fit. I also raised the center back about 1.5 inches. I shortened the leg length quite a bit. I have tried to make pants/trousers several time and this is the first pair that didn’t immediately go into the waste bin. It’s hard to tell if I’m happy with the fit because whenever I’ve used stretch denim in the past, they stretch out. These feel a little tight around the thigh when I sit down, but is it because they are too tight or is it because they don’t have as much Lycra as RTW denim? I think I need to wear them a few times to figure that out. My only complaint is that the pockets are too shallow but that can be changed in future pairs. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making these again.
I’ve seen people complain that retro jeans make your bum look long and flat, but I think mine is ok. On the other hand, I’ve always been of the mind that since I don’t see it all the time, I don’t care what my bum looks like.
I normally don’t tuck blouses into trousers because I feel like it draws attention to my round tummy, but this isn’t too bad. I know it’s more vintage to wear them like this, so here ya go!