Quilt makers produce beautiful works of art and give their creations evocative names like Winter Window or Grandma’s Wistful Smile. Summerset Banks made a beautiful, prize winning ensemble she called American Beauty. Maybe I should start naming my creations. I’m going to start with these pants.
They started out as Old Maid Project for reasons given in a previous post. But as I worked on them, spending hours perfecting the welt pocket, I thought, "I should call these The Welt Pants". The right half of the pants have the welt pocket and are styled like chinos. The left half has a large patch pocket on the leg like cargo pants. So I thought about calling them Chin-gos or Car-nos. The pants have two vastly different personalities, and the design has no basis in fashion reality, so I thought
Elaray Off Her Meds might be appropriate. The pants have no focus and no direction -- how about just calling them Ball of Confusion? Whatever I decide to call them, they were fun to sew! (Hey -- how about Fun 2 Sew!) Knowing that they wouldn't be seen in public was liberating. I had the freedom to experiment. And who knows, I might just wear them in public.
And if irrational design changes weren't enough, I did further experimentation on these pants by I doing a new pattern adjustment. I used Sandra Betzina's adjustment for a full belly. The blue line represents that adjustment. The red line represents the adjustment I made because I wanted to raise the waistline. I know low rise pants are fashionable these days, but I refuse to wear them (I don't care what the women on What Not To Wear say). I like the way these pants fit around the midsection.
N.B. This post is intended to be tongue-in-cheek, but seriously folks, Summerset's American Beauty outfit is truly amazing!