Pattern Description: From the pattern envelope: “Misses/Misses’ Petite Pamts and Belt: Above-waist, creased pants ABC have fly front zipper and back darts. A, B front darts. C, D: front tucks. A: button trim and cuffs. B: carriers and belt.”
I made view B, but I skipped the belt and I’ll used a purchased belt instead.
Sizing: 6-22. I made a 14.
Available as a PDF? No
Fabric Used: Long since sold-out doubleknit from Gorgeous Fabrics. I think it’s a bit heavier than is optimal for this pattern, but I really wanted to make these pants and I didn’t have a lighter fabric at home when I started cutting. And it’s still fine – it’s just very warm. If you want my recommendation for current fabrics, and for what I would use if I were to make it again, I would go with this Tropical Weight Wool. That said, this fabric will make a great travel option. I have a very long trip coming up early next year, and I think these will be the pants I wear on the flight!
Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2030 sewing machine, Juki MO654DE, Naomi the Naomoto, ironing board, ham, sleeve board.
There was a near tragedy today.
I was working in my sewing room at home when DH cheered for the Patriots. I spun my chair to get up and it caught on the thread-catcher on my Juki serger, which went crashing to the floor at the same time Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a shoulder injury.
It was a horrifying moment on several levels.
The thread guide snapped, the cone holder broke and I was a panic sandwich. But like my beloved Pats (I stopped blogging about them because folks – rightly – thought it was kind of obnoxious, but I still love them, warts and all), I picked up the Juki, cannibalized a Janome serger I had as an emergency backup, super-glued the cone holder, and sent it back out onto the field. And we both finished with a win!
Please dear God, don’t let either of those things happen again any time soon.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, clear elastic, Pro-Weft fusible interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply, Scraps of lining fabrics for the pockets, zipper, hook/bar.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They were very good. This is not a complex pattern, but I thought the fly-insertion directions were very clear and easy to follow.
Construction Notes: I made a muslin first, and before anything else made my usual “L” adjustment to the back crotch. I only needed to carve off a little curvature at the hip – roughly 1/2 inch on either side, and you can see it if you follow me on Instagram. Other than that it fit pretty well straight from the envelope, which was a nice surprise! The muslin was a non-stretch woven, vs the stretch that I had in the fabric I used.
Speaking of stretch, this fabric has slight stretch in the lengthwise direction, so I stayed the CB Seam with clear elastic.
I took a page from some designer pants I’ve seen lately and used a contrasting color zipper. Okay, necessity was the mother of invention and I didn’t have any 9-inch black zips in my stash, but I’m going to claim designer inspiration! 😂
I used black lightweight fabric for the pocket backs, but I used the scraps from my Simplicity 8166 for the front pockets, which won’t show. It’s just kind of nice to have these little secrets. It’s part of why I love to sew!
I finished all the seams and hems with the (thank heavens, working!) Juki serger
Finally, I made a template of the stitching for the fly topstitching. Here it is in process:
And here’s the finished product:
Likes/Dislikes: I LOVE this pattern! This one may become a go-to for me. The instructions are clear, the results are good. We had some fall-like weather earlier this week, but today it’s pretty soupy so no pictures on me yet.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes, I will do it again, and I heartily recommend it.
Conclusion: Great pattern! Here it is on Shelley, including the way I’ll style it for fall.