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|McCall's: 5889 (One-hour pull-on pants) - Type:Pants|
Review submitted in Fabric Stash Contest 2013 Contest
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|Posted on:||4/18/13 8:38 PM |
|Last Updated:||6/24/13 6:03 AM|
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular Petite |
McCall's Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Poplin [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|SECOND VERSION FOR STASH COMPETITION, JUNE 2013|
My second version of these pants is in another brown Liberty paisley poplin, this time a design called Hunter. As before, I made view C and added on-seam pockets but skipped the elasticized cuffs. This time I lengthened both the rise and the legs by 2cm (each). The result is satisfactory and an improvement.
Next time I would cut them slimmer in the waist and thighs as they are perhaps too full, especially in the thigh.
Making the pants again in such similar fabric might seem perverse. Originally I intended to discard the original, mustard-coloured pants when I had made another version, but they have grown on me. Now I think both have a place in my wardrobe.
The pants used about 2.5yd of fabric, which had been in my stash for about 3 years.
Click here for photos of both versions.
Pull-on pants with elastic waistline and leg casings, and self-draw-string fastening. I made view C, the full-length, cuffed version.
Extra small to Extra large.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Only somewhat. Mine seem shorter, and I omitted the elasticized ankle cuffs.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, although I didn't follow them closely.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the exotic look and the fact that they seemed to be harem pants without huge folds of cloth between the legs and without that dreadful, unflattering roll effect at the back.
I dislike the lack of pockets, although it is easy to add some, and the fact that the finished pants look shorter than in the illustration. The fabric was purchased for another purpose so I had only just enough for the pants and nothing to spare for alterations; hence measuring the length would not have helped so I just winged it and trusted McCall's. The resulting pants are certainly wearable, but would have been improved by lengthening the rise and the legs by about 2cm each.
Brown paisley poplin 150cm wide by Liberty from Shaukat. The colouring is horrible but the fabric drapes beautifully and I love paisley. If PR was running a Hideous Fabric Contest I might enter these pants.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Pants without pockets are impractical. I added simple, on-seam pockets so that I could carry a tidbit for my camel.
There is a flap or fold at the centre front meant to mimic a fly. I thought it was pointless and left it out.
The waistband combines elastic and a self-fabric drawstring. I omitted the elastic and opted for a drawstring only because it allows me to hitch the pants up around my waist or let them sit lower at hip level.
Because the pants seemed short when tried on, I omitted the gathered, elasticized cuffs at the ankle as they would have made the pants seem even shorter. Without cuffs they are an acceptable length for summer casual wear.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Winter is setting in around me so it will be months before I can wear these pants in suitably warm weather. Therefore it is too early to say how much I like them, but I have a good feeling about them.
Yes, I recommend the pattern -- but consider adding pockets and do check the length even if you are only average height. These pants are not excessively long.
Next time I set sail for the Arab world these pants will be in my trunk. With the right kurta or djellaba on top and a burnoose or shawl, they should allow me to mingle unobtrusively with the local people - inshallah.
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