I managed to find a 4" zipper (I picked up five or six at the MCC last time I was there) and even tho' it was green, I liked it. I fluffed the zipper facing, having cut out the piece the wrong way, but I simply cut out a piece of the lining fabric and attached it to the first one. No problem.
|I forgot to take a picture of the zipper facing before the waistband was attached.|
I sewed the side seams and finished the hem but when I pressed them, something melted on my iron.
Then it came to putting on the waistband. The first time I tried, neither side fit. I made certain I had the cut them out the right way after having screwed up the zipper facing, so I was confused. I didn't have enough fabric to cut out another set of each, and I was saving my last bit of Vikings for something else. I decided I would just put them on with the lining facing out -you know, add visual interest with the sea monsters dancing around my waist and all that. But they didn't fit that way either. There was some...language... while I wondered if Loki was taking an inappropriate amount of interest in my sewing room.
|Which one of you is Loki?|
By this point I was losing patience so I serged off the excess and called it good enough.
I couldn't see the back very well, so I went to consult The Geek. (Side Note: I cut these out in June according to my measurements but I have lost quite a bit of weight since my surgery; a lot of it is muscle mass. I had no idea, however, that my quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors, and gluteals had atrophied so much. In other words, I've lost my bum.)
So I did. I think that is another 1.5 centimeters, tho' I can't remember for certain.
These aren't sitting on my hips properly, but the front isn't too bad (I'm still pretty much the same size there, other than some...um...remodelling of the topography of my lower belly which doesn't affect my fitting).
The back is better but still less than optimal.
The side seam is no longer vertical and the waistband stands away from my body too much.
Conclusion: I pulled out the second row of machine basting and have put the shorts away for now.It is almost too cool for shorts anyway; I will revisit them in the spring. Hopefully by then my @$$ will have decided what it is going to do with itself.
I am undecided if I will try to make any trousers this winter unless I can find a really easy pattern. I do not feel like going thru' the hassle of fitting if this condition is only temporary. If it is, I will definitely use the Thurlow pattern, with a few modifications (I will make a mock fly instead of the fly extension/fly facing combination - I find them rather bulky) and cut them a few sizes smaller in the back, a backside version of an FBA.
I hate it when I spend time on something and don't have a finished garment at the end, or even learn anything useful. (~sigh~)