Fleece Athletic Pants
I found enough time over the weekend to finish the fleece athletic pants. Once we got the fitting done, the rest was easy. All I had to do was take everything apart and sew it for real.
We did discover a few things during the fitting. The waist definitely needed to be full elastic, plus the belt. The belt is mainly there for looks, but the front looks a bit odd at center front without full elastic. Now it is finished properly, and looks much better when worn.
We also discovered that the legs were a bit fuller through the thigh and narrowed a bit too much at the ankle. After telling my husband that the pattern was published in 1994, he remarked that there was, "still a bit of Hammer in these pants". Right. (After a bit of internet searching, Simplicity *did* publish a true MC Hammer pants pattern, complete with his photo on the envelope! Check out this blog post!) I thought so, too, and was able to trim them out in the right places to get more of a straight leg.
To finish off the newly modernized legs, I put in the requested side zippers and a coverstitch hem:
Next project: a new pair of trousers for me. I've been working on the muslin off and on for a couple of weeks now. Now that these fleece pants are done, I think I'll work on my own trousers!
Parting Shots: Winter Hike. Saturday I went on a solo hike up Mt. Tom. It looked like the best day to hike this weekend, considering the 6 plus inches of snow we got last night/today. When I got there, I saw a little cloud around the summit. Not good.
Sure enough, when I got to the summit the cloud had not moved. Had it moved, I would have had some great views of Mt. Washington and the other peaks on the other side of Crawford Notch. This is about all I could see from the summit of the Pemi Wilderness which is the view from the true summit, which is to say, nothing. You can see how much snow is encrusted on everything:
Here's a quick peek down the trail, that I came up near the summit. The trees are so close and snow covered, it was almost like going through a tunnel.