The pants were draped, rather than cut from a pattern. Using my measurements I chalked out the cutting lines on the cloth with large seam allowances. Then the pants were basted together, draped on my body and fitted to be a very close fit. I was (and still am) in the process of losing weight and pants were already fully constructed with a men’s depth pockets extending to the fly, self fabric facings and a full lining when I added the elastic at the back.
I am not pleased with the forward swing of the jacket fronts and would do things a bit differently but for a first not-so-tightly-woven gabardine suit I am fairly happy. A tighter twill weave would do much towards reducing the wrinkles from wear. And next time I will use a weft insertion fusible for a softer finish. Too many construction details show through with this french fuse. But best results with gabardine requires hymo as an underlining, I’d say.
The excellent thing about this Fearless Notched Collar Jacket pattern by Cecilia Podolak’s Material Things is that fitting finese through the bust and instructions for fully bagging the lining.
This may be my last post for some time. Pleae don’t worry, I have to go back to commercial sewing for a bit.