|Pattern Description: Semi-fitted pants have side seam pockets.|
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 6-20. I made view B
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think the pants appear wider on me, but that may have something to do with my short stature (5' 3.5").
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yup. I didn't follow everything exactly. I like the instructions for inserting a fly front zipper, that I got from the Sure-Fit Pants Kit, so I used that method. But all the instructions I read were clear and complete.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like wide leg pants which is unfortunate, right now, because the slim pant is all the rage, but I think this preference stems from my fitting challenges which include, but are not limited to having a sway back, bubble butt and thick thighs. I'm actually working on a muslin for a more fitted pair of pants and it's a challenge. My thighs, are, apparently, 3 or more sizes larger than my waist. Anyway, these pants still require some serious modifications to fit my weird little body, but the wide legs are incredibly forgiving for folks like me, with wider thighs. In my quest to get great fitting pants, this style is a great starting point.
There's nothing I don't like about this pattern. The pockets are functional and don't gape or distort the fabric. They are quite comfortable to wear and don't pinch or poke anywhere when I sit down. The fly and hook and bar closures seem secure and sufficient to hold everything in place.
Fabric Used: Lightweight stretch denim
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Based on what I've been learning about fitting my own body, I had a bunch of changes to make.
I cut the front at a size 10. I tapered the front waistband to a size 8. I shortened the entire front from side seam to rise, by an inch.
I cut the back at a size 12. I tapered the back waistband to a size 10. I shortened the side seam by the same inch I shortened the front and then tapered that back out to the full height for the back center seam. I added another .75" to the back crotch length.
Front: That little bit of pull in the waistband is, I think, because I didn't use a stiff enough interfacing. My left leg is bent and I think it's crumpling a little. The right side isn't showing the same effect. Or maybe I just didn't clip the waistband well enough
Back: I could probably add another inch to full hips to get rid of the tightness, but I'm really happy with the length of the back rise, which is always a challenge for me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? If I sew this again, I'll probably take in the legs just a little, which I think will be more proportional for my height and I'll add a touch of ease to the hips. Otherwise, I'm happy with the mods I made to the pattern. I'd recommend it to others who like the style and just encourage you to make a muslin first to make sure they fit you well.
Conclusion: Panda and Thea give it the thumbs up. Well, they would if they had thumbs.