A top and a bottom

Summer is drawing to a close and of course I decide now to (sorta) finish my cropped Clovers. But it’s all good because I finally completed a pair of wearable ones and they went from this to this…

Colette Clovers paired with Grainline Patterns Tiny Pockey Tank

These pants didn’t come easy. I did a full waist adjustment, a full butt adjustment, a knock knee adjustment (who knew?!), raised the waist, and added a bit of crotch circumference and depth. Phew. The knock knee adjustment left me with some bagginess around the calves (I have chicken legs, y’all. No joke!).

Colette Clovers paired with Grainline Patterns Tiny Pockey Tank

But I wasn’t fussed (not now anyway) about fixing it or the few lines under my butt. I was too happy to share that I had sorted out the drag lines in the inner thigh area.

Colette Clovers paired with Grainline Patterns Tiny Pockey Tank

Although I feel as though I’ve made a decent pair of Clovers I definitely will revisit the pattern and try to fix the last few issues it has. I do enjoy solving fitting issues. Having broken this project up over months has made it a lot less stressful. So thankfully I still have my wits about me.

But I do have one last issue to add. I am unsure if it’s the pattern or the fabric. After wearing the Clover for about 10 minutes I was suffering from droopy crotch. What the heck? The fabric I used is very light stretch denim. Should I use something a bit thicker? I cut a size 16, which corresponds to my hip measurement. I wonder if I should have cut a size 14? Or maybe I need to adjust the pattern somehow to make them stay up? Oh pattern fitting, you can drive a girl to drink…

Upward and onward…Recognize this little top? It’s this summer’s very popular Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank (with no pocket). I held back from buying it, thinking I didn’t need such a simple pattern. Oh how wrong was I? I really truly love the fit. All I had to do was readjust the darts and bam, perfection.

Colette Clovers paired with Grainline Patterns Tiny Pockey Tank

I used some African wax cotton that really dresses up the top. And boy, I’m in love. I’ve already decided to make a few more since they’ll make great layering pieces for fall.

Now back to the sewing table. I’m really looking forward to sharing my next project. Until then, ciao!

Oh! And sorry about all the butt photos. They are unavoidable when showing trouser fitting results 🙂

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57 thoughts on “A top and a bottom

  1. Hi Melizza, good to see you back – I was thinking yesterday that I hadn’t seen anything from you in a while. Well done on persevering with the trouser fit, they look great. I love the top, the colours look so fresh and pretty on you!

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  2. Well done on the Clovers Mela, they look amazing and I’m so pleased that all your hard work paid off! You sure did learn a lot from this make and I’m sure your next pair will be even more perfect! Your Tiny Pocket Tank is adorable too – I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves that little pattern. I think I made three this summer, all in jersey, so next summer I’d love to make some voile and rayon lovelies ;o)

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    • Your tanks are so so pretty. You are fearless when it comes to knits. I am nervous about making one with jersey but I think it’s a small enough pattern to practice on. I will definitely try making one soon, just for practice if nothing else.

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  3. Lovely outfit and well done for finishing the clovers! On the droopy crotch issue – that does sound like it;s down to the fabric used – I’ve had that on ready made skinny jeans in the past. I’m guessing thicker/less stretchy denim will sort this out but then again maybe not be so comfy!

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  4. Great job on the Clovers. I absolutely love the top, I like the simple patterns because you let the fabric do the talking, and no-one talks better than African wax imao, and that is a beautiful African wax you are sporting.

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  5. That is a lovely top, great combination of fabric and pattern. Well done for your perseverence with the Clovers, I admire your patience and they look really good and very wearable.

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  6. Adorable! You can’t go wrong with a matching headband! Now I think you should just send that perfectly slaved over adjusted pattern to me and I’ll get a nice pair too! I’m so scared of pattern adjustments and you are so good at it!! Knock-knee adjustment?!

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  7. They look fabulous! You did a really good job with the fit. I giggled a little at the knock knee adjustment. It’s funny the quirks you find out when you try and fit trousers! Love that wax print, too.

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  8. These look fab! Well done n being the adjustment queen!
    But I must ask- how does one work out if they need a knock knee adjustment? I have never heard of this and it may be a solution to some of my pants problems…

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    • Hi Amanda! According to Pants for Real People,”If your inner legs are full or come together at the knees (looks like this), you may need to widen the inner leg.” Another symptom, as described by Colette is, “Diagonal wrinkles around the knee, coming out from the side seams.” I used this alternation method to guide me. Hope that helps!

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  9. Great looking trousers (I still haven’t completed anything other than a toile in trews so far LOL!). And the Grainline to looks fab too – I’ve got her Scout Woven Tee top (dartless pattern – I did a FBA to add in a dart) which is pretty great too 🙂

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    • I loved your spotty Scout Woven Tee. I was greedy and totally bought it too. I think I am in for treat with that one too. Who knew something so basic could be something so great?

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  10. As always, great work! I have been following you for a while now, and I am always happy to see your newest project, but the progress you have made on your Clovers has been especially fun to see! I would love to try this pattern myself when I am a bit more experienced semester.

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  11. What a cute outfit, first of all. Nice colours and catching the sun like that makes it a really happy outfit. I’m sorry to hear about your drooping …but am impressed you persevered with clovers to get a decent pair out of them. Hurrahs all round …they look great and so do you!!

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    • I’m not sure if you’re close to London but there’s a great little gem of a section by Aldgate that sells oodles of African wax cotton. Worth a visit if you’re ever nearby.

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  12. You got a *great fit* on those pants, and hey, cropped pants are perfect to wear here just about any time of year. 😉 Love the top too — awesome print! That pattern is printed, just need to tape. I have to be in the right mood for the tedium of taping together pdf patterns…

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  13. Another gorgeous outfit. I adore the colors on the top, and your Clovers fit great. Thanks for the droopy crotch warning. I just ordered the pattern yesterday during an Anise frenzy and was planning on using a stretch cotton for them, but I may rethink that–or at least be mindful of the potential issue when cutting and fitting. Again, thanks! You look beautiful.

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  14. Your perseverance is to be applauded! I would have given up a long time ago! Well done! I have knock knees too, but I didn’t know I was supposed to adjust a trouser fit to allow for that – that scares me! Love the new top – I look forward to seeing many more appearing on your blog 😀

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  15. great job! i have plans for my first pair of self-made trousers for the winter (i think i am going to use the new Juniper pattern tho, so hopefully the wide leg will be easier to fit than Clover!). i hope i get the fit as spot on as you!

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  16. I think your cropped pants are awesome and I love the Scout tee shirt. I have had such a good time with that pattern! Love your clogs too. I’m sad to see summer go, it’s dwindling away here as well.

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  17. What a wonderful outfit! I stumbled on your blog after searching for finished Victory Pattern Avas, which is my next project, and I’m so glad I did. I’m currently working out my fitting issues with the Clover pattern as well and love the way yours turned out!

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    • Hi Angela! I do hope you have an easier fitting trial with Clovers. man, those were a doozy 🙂

      You will so love the Ava pattern. Such a pretty top or dress. Looking forward to making ti again…perhaps next Spring 🙂

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