|Pattern Description: |
These trousers are for stretch wovens and feature curved thigh seaming with an optional pleated panel, curved knee seams, and an elastic waist.
36-46. I made the 44 based on my measurements, but considering my fabric choice, I could've gown down to a 42 (I wear a Burda 42, for comparison's sake).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
These were obscured in the magazine photos for the most part but they look very close to the tech drawings! The pleated panels in particular look exactly like the detail photos in the magazine.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are very brief, but for the most part, they make sense. One point on the instructions - they tell you to hem the "pipe" and insert one "pipe" into the other. They mean the legs. I don't know who's doing the translation, but I've never, ever heard legs called pipes before. Thankfully, the rest of the instructions weren't too bad, though I really went my own way anyway as I prefer a different order of construction for all my trousers (sewing the outer seams last for ease of fitting).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I absolutely loved the style lines of these the first time I saw this issue - the curved thigh seams on their own would've got my attention but the pleated section - WOW! I really, really love the look of the pleated panel and I might even incorporate this into my running gear somehow. (Pleated section detail photos)
The pleats are all sewn together, so there's no danger of them coming apart as you move, but you do need to pay attention as you sew - I had to rip out a few because I wasn't paying attention and I matched up the wrong marks and made a few diagonal ones! Oops! But it was worth it in the end, because the pleats look fantastic.
It's not just the pleated panel though - there are curved seams around the knee, too. The only thing I'd change about these is that the ankles are a bit baggy here (I might even rip out the hem and take in the sides a bit myself), but they'd probably be fine in a sturdier stretch woven as the pattern intends. The back is pretty basic and boring, though. (Photos)
The denim-look jersey is again from the wonderful Tissu. This is the second time I've used this fabric, and again, the leggings only need one metre so they cost me a whole £5! Beyond being such great value, this fabric is also so soft to wear. I'd previously used this same fabric for my "not jeggings" and I wear them so much I knew I needed another pair!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
When I compared the crotch curve to Burda's (read more on this here) I saw that the rise was an inch or two higher than I'm used to, so I left off the separate waistband and instead folded down the top of the trousers and attached the elastic straight to that using my preferred elastic waistband technique.
I also chose not to topstitch my seams since my denim-look knit is quite stretchy and it just seems like a recipe for popped stitches after a few wears.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I'd sew these again, although if I do them again in a knit rather than the intended stretch woven, I'd go down a size. I absolutely LOVE the pleated panel, though, and I really want to work this feature into other designs now. I totally recommend this if you like the look, even if you've never sewn a My Image pattern before.
A great pair of trousers with interesting seam lines and great details - the bonus is that they're also very comfortable to wear!
For more photos plus details of the wool top I wore with these, head over to FehrTrade.com!