In spite of the fact that the pantaloons ended up being almost as frustrating as many of the earlier parts to this project (I knew my last post was a little too optimistic!), the Project is finally completed. It would have been much easier if I had had a model to test things on, and I’m going to have to remember that when I next consider doing a custom job for anything other than a Barbie or American Girl type doll.
That being said, my last “fix” for the problem of not being sure of the fit was the pantaloons, where I employed my usual tactic of making the closure adjustable:
I learned an awful lot over the last couple months, working on this project:
- Working with velvet/velveteen takes patience and special know-how.
- Having a model to try things on is absolutely essential.
- Be very careful using patterns from the internet – the directions often seem to assume that you know some of the steps, so leave them out, which can be extremely confusing and frustrating. And finally,
- The sense of accomplishment and pride at the end, makes it all worthwhile!
One final picture:
Many thanks to my ever so patient customer, Mary Helen Watkins, for giving me this opportunity, and for being the first customer of my new Shop.