I spent some time as an underling in the theatre department in college. I was assistant to an assistant fitter. A grunt, basically. Early in the season, the actors traipsed through our workshop to the fitting rooms. The assistant fitter and her assistant (me) tried all muslins on the actor, subjecting them to a series of physical tests. If the play was a period piece, we laced the corsets and spared no underpinnings. The poor actor was told to sit, squat, jump, faint, twist, bend, reach and any other movements called for in the script. The assistant fitter was sharp- she demanded excellent fit under stress, as well as easy mobility and comfort for the actor.
It became a habit to think of “fit” in those terms, and I apply it to most of the clothing I make for myself. (Fancy dresses excluded, though not always!) It’s hard to show qualities of comfort and mobility in still photos- these are pants you can move around in while still looking stylish.
I enjoy wearing “K.Hep” styles for the freedom of motion they allow as well as the comfort, but it’s tough to portray those qualities while standing still for a photo. Then I thought- why not do a yoga movement test? I ran through a few poses while my husband took pictures. Then we started goofing around and took some jumping shots. I would *not* usually wear these for yoga- they’re nice (as opposed to grotty) casual pants. I’m trying to illustrate a point about mobility.
They are made of lightweight linen- rather more like heavy shirting than pants weight. I did not line them, flat felled the outseams and chose to bind the raw edges. I wanted to make the sturdiest, lightest garment possible for comfort in high humidity. In bright strawberry red.
Lightweight linen pants wrinkle if you look sideways at them but in time I know the linen will soften beautifully and cease wrinkling. The red co-ordinates with most of my wardrobe of blacks, whites, and jewel tones.
These are based off of the Wearing History Smooth Sailing pattern. I adjusted for fit using my pants block, added patch pockets (from the Ice Cream Social Dress) and a contour waistband. When I stitched on the belt loops, I confused the front and the back waistband pieces. The finished pants have a loop in the center front. I may unpick it, or I may leave it. I’ll talk about the cream top tomorrow- it deserves its own post and you can’t see much because it blends into my skintone!
As we took photos, I decided to bring out my Not A T-Shirt for the yoga test. I’m also experimenting more with monochromatic dressing and wanted to see what you all think. I won’t lie, I love wearing this color from head to toe. I believe I get away with it because the clothes themselves are simple and well-made and the color isn’t a terrible choice for my coloring.
I made a slideshow of today’s shots to show “mobility.” I was perfectly comfortable in my nice clothes doing yoga, so I can be sure they’ll stand up to regular daily wear.
What do you do during your daily life, physically speaking? Run after trains, run after children, run after wombats? Do your clothes keep you covered and comfy, or do you fight with them? Where’s the trouble spots?