I decided to carry on. That fabric is just tooooo lovely to abandon the project.
I unpicked part of the back seam, and put in a zip.
With some faffing and fiddling, I attached a folded facing to each of the four ‘opening edges’ at the top. The back was much easier than the front! The pocket bags, ‘welt’ facings etc made for a lot of bulk, and there’s a limit to how much you can trim away when the fabric is so easily frayed. The waist edge has a bias strip facing- but I cut it down quite a bit from the measurements given.
I stitched roughly an inch from the waist edge to make a mock waistband. I decided to pick stitch along the top edges by hand to hold all the layers tidily- it was getting a bit thick for a neat machine stitch. I have made the five little belt loops to go along the top edge, but I haven’t yet attached them. I don’t usually wear belts, but this will work nicely to cinch the breeches in if I want to wear them with a corset [over or under.]
I’ve caught all the seam allowances down by hand, just to keep the seams open. I may decide to place seam binding over them to help out with the fraying, and also prevent any itchiness from the wool.
The insides are OK, but not as tidy as they might be. Hey-ho, the whole thing is pretty codged by this stage, so I won’t worry too much.
I’ve tried them on, and the fit looks good. I just pinned the sides closed until I decide how to fake the side fastening effect [or if I should forget about it altogether]
The legs now fit comfortably, and I’m toying with doing the mock button opening or just sewing the side seam all the way down. I can’t imagine wearing them without boots, so an opening seems redundant.
I’ve got 2 ideas for the side ‘fastening’ [other than stitching it completely closed]
- Insert a piece of the selvage as trim, using it as a fake buttonstand.
- Use little elastic loops and buttons, but still stitch it closed….
The buttons are natural shell, which has a mother of pearl look on one side, but a roughish brown texture on the other. I’ll go for the matt brown with these.
The colour is actually about halfway between the two images!
What do you think?
Not quite as good as I would have liked, but they’ll still look good I hope. After all that trouble with the pockets, they’re only JUST big enough to get my hands through the slits…I didn’t think my paws were THAT large!