Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Week 3 - Trousers 1

Material: Silver Crushed Velvet (100% Polyester)
Cost Per Meter: £3.99
Amount Used: 2.5m
Sourced From: Fabric Land

I tried to be different this week by making the garment required but making it in a way that it can be worn other ways elsewhere on the body. With this fabric i found it hard to pin and cut the pattern out because it is so slippery and it curls/mis-shapes really easily. So to overcome this i pinned the fabric down then applied the pattern to a flat smooth fabric.

I used a pattern i created last summer for a set of interchangeable men's shorts made out of cotton drill and pig skin leather which really contrasts with this velvet which is so soft. I have noticed that using the same pattern but different materials has given dramatic differences. The 2 pockets constructed on the hips kept coming out so maybe i need to attach some weights into the seams to make it hang right.

I also attempted a different seam detailing to previous garments. I did french seams all over and just to be cautious as i have never done this seam before i did it larger than average. But overall i think it was a success as it is so neat.

The zip i used goes round to half way up the back seam and this is the detail that makes this garment transformable from trousers to a cape like top with the slashed sleeves/legs. I think having a big expanse of fabric to flow is a perfect use of this material as its lightweight and picks up the wind.

Hip pockets become a structured shoulder piece.

Zip ending halfway up the back seam to allow for
a flush fit across the back.

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