First of all, I apologize again for the terrible quality of these photos. I even used a real camera this time! Apparently, even with all of the advances in technology, it still takes some skill that neither my husband nor I possess to take a quality picture. Oh well!
Here are my finished knickers:
For once, I did cut off my head on purpose; after a weekend of camping, my hair was not at its best. The knickers still looked good, though, if a little wrinkly!
I did make some changes to the original pattern. I removed the pleats in the front and added darts in the back, and I added a lining. I also omitted the belt loops and the pockets, but these omissions were more out of necessity, as I was in a serious time crunch. I made the ends of the waist and leg bands pointed, just because I like the way it looks. :)
Here is a detail of the waist and leg bands. I topstitched every seam and edge, because (as usual) I used $1.00-a-yard fabric from Wal-mart, and it did not press very well. I'm glad that I had to do this, though, because it really made them look more finished. I thought the material would end up looking cheap, but it really doesn't. Please try to ignore the horrible topstiching (again, as usual, I was frantically finishing these 10 minutes before I was supposed to be walking out the door) and just focus on the cute vintage buttons!
You can't tell from the picture, but my tights have a nice thick cable-knit. I looked all over for these, and all I could find outside of very expensive catalogs were thin patterned pantyhose, not the thick tights that I wanted. I remembered wearing these as a child, so I checked the children's section, and there they were! Cheap! One advantage of being short is that I can wear large children's sizes (my sweater is also a child's vintage sweater), so I got a pair in every color!
I hate to admit this, but I did not use my best sewing skills when making these, mostly because I was in a big hurry, but also because I knew that I would not be wearing them very often. I'm not really an outdoorsy kind of person, so I'm not sure what opportunities I will have to wear them. What do you think? Where would you wear them?