|More dresses! Joan would approve.|
So let's start with the good news. Your ideas really got me thinking creatively about how to arrange the book so that you, the readers, will get the most bang for your buck. I figured out a way to get another dress and a lightweight, cropped jacket in. Also, I came up with an idea for two no-pattern skirt variations that can be added to any of the bodices. Yay!
Okay, the bad news, which is not really bad news, more like lukewarm news. Many, MANY of you requested a trouser pattern. First, you should know that I did consider adding trousers way back when the book was in proposal form. I eventually left them out because 1) I felt like the dresses, separates, and outerwear approach was more true to Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing, and 2) including trousers opens up a whole new can of worms in terms of fitting.
But back to yesterday. I got so swept up in the passionate call for trousers that I decided I should make it happen. I hated the idea that any of you would be let down by the exclusion of trousers! Anyway, I got so far to make up a whole new pattern plan and e-mail it to my editor and agent, who both reminded me of the exact same concerns I initally had. And I was kind of back to square one.
After thinking on it for a bit, I think it's best to leave them out. The book, as it is now, is huge and pretty inclusive. It has an intentional focus on dressmaking and tailoring, and I think it does those things well. If I added trousers now, I feel like they would be a bit tacked-on and I just wouldn't be able to provide the best fitting and construction information—that would take a lot more pages than I could devote to it. But! Back to good news: your request gave me ideas for future projects that could give you what you're looking for, and actually do it really well.
So, there you have it. I hope that makes sense. And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU again for all the amazing feedback yesterday.