My first fitted pair of pants! I honestly feel like a magician! And lol, yes, these photos were taken in a change room. I mentioned earlier that lighting at home is pretty bad. And I was on a try-no-buy-shopping expedition to try on different fits and styles before committing sewing time and grabbed the opportunity to take photos since I happened to be wearing my newly sewed pants. (I still need to redo the pants hook for the 3rd time though, the placement is not correct. Don’t mind the sitting-all-day-wrinkles either.)
For this being my first pair of fitted pants and fly front, I’m pretty damn proud! There are of course a lot of small mistakes and drafting errors introduced into it by myself. Like I had raised the rise by 1″ but you can see the pockets are folding in on itself. And I narrowed the leg and needed to take in the waist considerably, perhaps introducing an off grain twist to the legs? They don’t quite hang as well as a perfect pair of pants would. And comparing them to the RTW trousers below, those trousers seem to have a nice cut which makes the bottom of the leg look more “finished”. (I would say the other Ralph Pink trousers I sewed and narrowed also have the same problem, where the drape at the bottom just seems a bit off). But hey, for my first time I should be quite gentle on myself, and proud even!
The blouse is RTW, bought last month. Random find, as it is a brand name I never heard of (and I don’t like their other items in the Zalando shop), and the viscose is super quality that actually resembles silk! The shirt is also surprisingly well sewn, at least from what I can see. I love the red trim plus the abstract print which makes it wearable with dark bottoms. Normally I feel overwhelmed in monochromatic looks.
I think Anushka Rees’ advice to try on clothing styles is a great one that I should have listened to sooner. It was quite eye opening to take objective photos of different items on. For instance, the trousers: aside from them being a size too large, I hadn’t expected a pleated front to look so good! (I would reduce the height of the wide waistband however). The maxi skirt felt so nice and swishy on, I would have almost considered buying them but looking at the photo, they are super unflattering (eye bar to protect the innocent). The drop sleeve top is not as unflattering as I thought it would have been, though the drape maybe helps. And I think that I am a Soft Gamine looking at these photos – I often feel a bit squishy / overweight in the arms, and I see a lot of roundness to my features.
My Sewing Pattern Review
The envelope recommended a size 12, and that’s what I cut out, and it worked fairly well except that I needed to take in the waist considerably and the hips only a little bit due to the stretch in the fabric.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except the design changes I made (adding 1″ higher rise).
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were really good! Especially as it was my first time making fitted pants.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Some other reviewers also said that the leg is not as slim as indicated by the picture (I took them in a bit by sewing the seam allowance slightly larger in the inside legs, though I wonder if this causes the leg to twist off grain?).
Because I tried to slim the leg and needed to take in the waist so much, the front yoke of the pockets became quite small. For a beginner sewist like myself, I wonder if this causes the leg to twist off grain?… My pants don’t seem to hang perfectly, though it’s difficult to say if this is due to other errors introduced by myself 🙂
They’re quite short – I added 1.5″ in length and I still feel they were a bit short (I’m only 5’5″). They’re also maybe a bit lower rise than what’s on trend now, so I tried to raise the rise by 1″, introducing some drafting errors into it I’m sure.
Cotton sateen with stretch
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
– Raised rise 1″ (I’m a beginner, so maybe I didn’t do it properly, as you can see the pockets are “folding in” on itself a bit).
– slimmed the leg slightly sewing a larger seam allowance on the inside of each leg
– skipped the fake welt pockets
Fitting changes made (some due to the stretch in the fabric):
– took in waist 1cm x 4(each of the 4 pieces)
– took in hips 0.5 cm x 4 pieces
– “flat butt” adjustment
– thin thigh adjustment 1cm back of each leg
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Despite the challenges, I will definitely make them again! I may need to look closer at the paper pattern and check the grain. I learned a lot by making these pants, and I’m pretty proud of these being my first fitted pants!
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