Sorry to keep you waiting on my fashion show debut! Between class projects and getting my teaching venture off the ground, I’ve let the blog fall by the wayside. It occurs to me I owe all of you a recap on how the fashion show went.
Here’s the completed outfit walking the runway at the City College of San Francisco Fashion Show, “Odyssey.” The model is Damon Mahoney; besides his work as a fashion model, he is a fashion entrepreneur who makes an exquisite line of hand-painted scarves and accessories. You can see his creations at his website. He was fantastic to work with and he really sold the outfit on the runway. I was so fortunate to have him model my outfit.
Runway photo credits: James Mace
My colorblocked jacket has gone beyond any expectations I have set for the project.
Yesterday, I discussed the construction details of the wearable muslin for my gray Bonobos-clone chino pants.
So, how did the wearable muslin turn out? It’s time to take a look.
Originally this article was going to be the conclusion in the Pants series – the wearable muslin is completed and I’ve actually worn it out into the real world. But there’s so much to talk about in terms of construction and evaluation, that I’m going to split it into two parts.
Today’s article will cover the construction aspects; tomorrow we’ll look at the finished result and talk about how it went. I pretty much followed the construction techniques detailed by David Coffin in his book Making Trousers, and his Craftsy class Pant Construction Techniques, in the Details. Any construction issues are my fault, not his! Continue reading
This will be the final post in the series on using Wild Ginger’s PatternMaster software to edit my pants pattern. I’m currently making a wearable muslin based on the pattern, but I’ll save that for my next article. (You can see sneak peeks of my progress on my Instagram feed).
Altering the Side Seams
As I noted last time, the pants are still too snug at the widest part of the hip. It is easy to draw a new curve to widen the side seams in Pattern Editor. This was a bit of guesswork, not having the hip curve from a physical ruler to trace against. I just tried to draft a nice curve that would add to the seam. I also took the opportunity to smooth out a kink in the old side seam, right where you see the notch in the screen shots below.
The green curves show the new side seam line.