Trousers for Richard: Part 4 Finished!

And here they are, all done! I ended up hemming more than I should have, had I gone with my gut and trusted my measurements, but it’s all good. Lesson learned! He’s happy with them, says they fit fine, and he doesn’t need to wear a belt with them (that’s good!) Apparently, bright sun and a headache don’t make for a smiling husband, but he was a good sport when I told him I wanted to take a picture for my blog.

Richard in his new trousers

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Trousers for Richard: Part 3 Welt Pockets

I realized after my last post that I forgot to include a picture of the finished fly zipper open.
Finished fly zipper

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Trousers for Richard: Part 2 Adding the Fly Zipper

I don’t know why people think putting in a fly zipper is difficult. Maybe it’s because I researched the technique a bit before doing it, or because Kwik Sew’s instructions are amazingly awesome, but I didn’t really have any trouble with it at all.

I was pretty busy today, but I found some time to put together the fly, so here we go!

First, pin the right sides of the front pant pieces together.

Pinning pants front together to create fly

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Trousers for Richard: Part 1 Cutting and Pockets

It’s rare (like this once) when my husband asks me to make him something. I think he just asked so that I would have a project to work on (as if I needed more), but he asked for some slacks, which I hadn’t done before, and appreciated the challenge.

I had him pick out the fabric (an olive twill) and I choose a pattern from Kwik Sew (since I was so impressed with their men’s shirt, I figured their trouser pattern would be just as professional looking. It’s been sitting in my project queue for quite sometime, and since I still haven’t made it to my first weight-loss goal, and I’ve been itching to sew (not that knitting hasn’t been fun, but I love sewing), this would be a good project to work on.

Firstly, I had to take his measurements. My husband is pretty tall (6’4″), and thus, he has a difficult time with finding pants that fit. The ones he finds that are the right length tend to be too wide in the waist, and the ones that are the right size in the waist, are often too short. (This is why we sew, right?) The standard pattern measurements were pretty comparable for his size and shape, the only big alteration to the pattern I had to make was adding 2 1/2″ to the length of his pants. This was the first time I ever cut into the actual pattern, and it was a little scary. But I figured I was probably only going to make these pants for him, so I came to terms with cutting up my pattern.

Lengthened pants pattern

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Starting the Spring Garden Tee

Now that I’ve finished three(!) knitting projects, I needed to make something a little more challenging than a rectangle (even if that rectangle turned into an infinite loop). I’ve spent a LOT of time on Ravelry (and any knitter or crocheter would probably attest to the fact that you can spend a lot of time on there) looking for my next project. I settled on the Spring Garden Tee–it looks like a fairly simple stockinette stitch t-shirt with a cute lace pattern on the cap sleeves.

I’m using CotLin (cotton/linen blend) from KnitPicks in Harbor for my shirt.

Three Skeins of Spring Garden Tee

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