I’ve had this Vogue V2948 pattern in my stash since I purchased a Craftsy class many many years ago. I kept avoiding making them because I knew I would have had to make a muslin first. For a long time, I was not keen on making toiles/muslins before making garments for myself. This changed last year when a number of projects I made were near misses, which made me reconsider my stance on toiles/muslins.
I really like how Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina are made from sizing to instructions. The styles are fairly simple but with small design features that make them modern and elegant in my view, the term that comes in mind is understated elegance.
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I finally bit the bullet when I worked with this really soft stretch moss crepe* (which I tested for Minerva* some months ago). To make the toile, I decided to cut a size B by using only my waist measurement, although my hips put me in size C. The finished garment measurements around the hips was big enough in size B not to cause me issues.
Once the toile was made and tried on it seemed to fit fine, although a little tight around my thighs. The only adjustment needed being to shorten the length of the trousers by 6.5 cm.
Most of the times, I’d be wearing a top over the waist like above. But to show you how the trousers fit, I’ve taken some pictures with the top tucked inside.
Pattern: out of print pattern (you might be able to find it on Etsy or eBay) Vogue 2948 Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina: trousers/pant fitted through the hip and tapered leg. The front and back have princes seams, contour waistband and left side or back zipper closure with button tab. View A had topstitched detail and front pockets while View B includes contrast piping along the princess seams.
Sizing: Special Today’s Fit A to J – all sizes in one envelope
Fabric: 1.5 m of soft stretch moss crepe*
Notions: 9″ invisible zipper
Modifications: For this one, I made a toile first using size B, although for my hips I should have graded out to size C. I shortened the trouser length by 6.5 cm to account to my height (5ft2 /157 cm).
Instructions: they are very thorough, including a lot of information about how to adjust the pattern for a better fit depending on your own body. Not many many other lines include this information. The construction is split into sections, which I think allows one to follow them easily thought the process of making a pair of trousers. They also include loads of tips that can help give them a professional finish.
Fit: really good, maybe a little tight around my thighs.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes
Watch out for: n/a
Make Again?: yes. I will make these trousers over and over again as they are classy and suitable for a variety of fabrics.
For more details about my thoughts about working with this fabric please check out the link here*.