That Summary Feeling…

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  1. Busy year for you and very productive too–I love the costumes. Dawn’s hair is always great too! Happy new year to you both. Oh, and my partner actually started playing cello seriously, so I have the sound of that in the house now. The rental cello looks more traditional though and not gothy-spooky like the one at yours–

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  2. How is the chalkboard knit holding up? Fading? Breaking? I’ve bought so much black knit that just failed and faded, I’m soliciting reviews now.
    I’m surprised the sewing kids did trousers before tops, but I wish them every bit of good luck. And a whole lot of it for you and yours, too.

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    1. chalkboard knit is fabbo- really good quality jersey, with good recovery. Baggy elasticated/drawstring trousers are easier than dealing with sleeves and fastenings- they’re doing really well. I opted to let them pink seams rather than any other more complicated finishing just to get fast results. They are insanely excited, it’s really cute!

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  3. I am surprised you actually managed anything at all for yourself, in the cracks of all that extravagant costume production… Really fun for the rest of us to read about though.

    I only have one word for pants: Burda. It’s much easier to get somewhere if you are starting with something that’s well cut to begin with. Also: get one down and make it over and over. It’s been scientifically tested (sample of 2 people, but dozens of pairs) that making the same pants in different colors and fabrics is absolutely impossible for the public to perceive, even if you tell them, while making a very different pattern every time in the same color leads to people thinking you only have one pair.

    That said my January plan is to hire the local fitting genius to help me get a good block going – between the physical therapist reforming my shoulders drastically, and the girlfriend stuffing me with good food, I need some help. The previous block was from a theater costume person and allowed me to get every pattern in shape easily, so I highly recommend that approach if you have repeated difficulties with bottoms.

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    1. Sounds like good advice- I was fine with Style Arc Linda, but my ever increasing girth, plus non bum and slim hips does make me a weird shape to fit! I’m just very lacking in patience! I’m totally with you on re-using the same style infinitely, I already do this with favourite T shirts and dress patterns, no one ever notices!

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  4. Your costume making is fantastic – so much work.

    I’ve found my non-bum and slim hips fit much better into boys’ jeans. I am tiny, so am currently wearing Next 152cm boys jeans – aimed at 11-12 year olds. All RTW women’s trousers have the same problems – baggy bum and hips and make me look odd, whereas the boys jeans fit and I don’t look so deformed.

    Having tried really hard to fit a couple of patterns of proper women’s trousers, with massive bum and crotch alterations, and not being really happy with any result, I tried making a boys’ jeans pattern and got a fit first time. Have you tried men’s jeans or trousers? You can reverse the fly to feminise them

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    1. In my teens, ALL jeans were made for men, and Levi’s were my thing…then they started making them to hips and ass, and they’ve not been right since! I did try a men’swear pattern some years back and they were awful [ but it was from Hot Patterns which are totally shite, so hey ho] Style Arc crotch shaping is quite flat and narrow, and they do actually have a specific couple of ‘flat bottom’ styles, it’s my excessive fat belly and-ahem- lady area that cause the issues right now. I’ll get there. I’m not actually inclined to try for proper jeans, I am a devotee of elastic waistbands these days! Again, a slight adaptation of an existing Style Arc may be the way forward…

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