8-24. I cut a size 14, which matches my waist and high hip. But I had to use 3/8" instead of 5/8" SA in the thigh area. Otherswise, the fit was perfect right out of the envelope.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
How did they engineer a pattern that fits disparate figures so well?
Cotton 1-way stretch twill. They recommend 2-way stretch wovens or firm knits for a reason. These are tighter than I would have liked, but that was the fabric I had on hand.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used 3/8" instead of 5/8" SA in the thigh area and did a hybrid of version 1 and two for the knee pleats. See my blog entry for details.
I also pinned the top and bottom back pieces together and cut them as one. I didn't see the point of having a seam behind my knees when the grain line for both pieces went in the same direction at the seam.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! But I think I would use a stretchier fabric or go up a size next time.
Other tips not covered by the template?
The pattern suggests that you cut a piece of elastic that fits comfortably and then zig-zag it around the waistband twice. When you stitch through most elastics, they loosen up. Take that into account and cut the elastic smaller or use one that doesn't stretch out when you sew through it.
I need to make a slight sway back adjustment in my clothes. When stitching the elastic onto the pants, I stretch it more across the back than across the front. For instance, I used 1/4 of the elastic between each seam, even though the pants have forward side seams.
A very easy, flattering and well-fitting pant.
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