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Liz in Cville
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Date: 5/9/13 7:24 PM

Hi everyone,

I thought I had *plenty* of patterns, but I don't seem to have what I want, should I ever be able to sew again:

Straight-leg (or slim, but NOT flared and NOT "skinny jeans") pants pattern made for plain, medium weight wovens with a real fly front, preferably with good instructions for beginners. Not super-low rise; maybe just shy of the traditional "Mom jeans" look, however. But I imagine it's easier to shorten the rise than to lengthen it, at least for a newbie like me. A bonus might be optional lines for petites, though maybe I'm better off just shortening the legs at the bottom anyway.

Worst case, I will use the pattern I have that is closest to my needs but has a mock fly, borrow the fly instructions from another pattern, and lay a pair of straight-leg pants -- or yet another pattern -- down on the working pattern to figure out how to get rid of the flair in the legs... but if you want to save a beginner the hassle and have a recommendation that is worth someone acquiring YET more paper, please share :)

OTOH, feel free to tell me that Frankensteining the patterns will not be a big deal. I really hate buying more stuff these days! And I have plenty of Swedish tracing paper, I think.

TIA for your thoughts, and wish me luck getting back in the sewing room... and figuring out which fabrics I bought online are not too loosely woven for unlined pants!

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Date: 5/9/13 9:47 PM

Burda 8408, now OOP, worked well for me.
Lower leg circumference is 41 -47 cms or 16.25 - 18.5"
I have seen this pattern on ebay, etsy etc.

There is another current Burda, 7863, that looks very similar.

8408

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Date: 5/10/13 8:50 AM

For the past several years, I've used Butterick 5614(for capris). Of course, pattern envelopes generally show a much more fitted leg than the tissue actually is, but this is a nice fit.

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Date: 5/10/13 12:45 PM

Jalie might not have the exact styling you're looking for , so this might be a glorious opportunity to try a StyleArc pattern like their Jasmine pants. Once I started using Jalie and StyleArc pants patterns, my life changed for the better.

Jasmine pants
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Date: 5/10/13 5:23 PM

Thanks for your suggestions, everyone. I have added them to my "patterns that might interest me" list.

I am a little put off by the stretch fabric requirements. But then again, that's a lot of what's available these days.

So, for the non stretch fly pants, I am still thinking of drawing on multiple patterns. Feel free to let me know if that's a disaster in the making.

Thanks again,
Liz

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Date: 5/10/13 9:26 PM

Vogue 9537 might fit the bill. It's out of print, but can be found on eBay and Etsy at times. (I had one, lost it and had to find it again!)

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Date: 5/10/13 9:46 PM

I made Hot Patterns Classic Nouveau Dressy jean and it's a narrow but not skinny jean. It's flattering and well cut. I made a cut on fly front but I think that it has a real fly. However the instructions are terrible. I don't need them to make a fly front but a beginner would need alternate instructions. I don't see the advantage in making a sewn on fly. It just adds extra layers when what you really want is is the thinnest, flattest construction possible. David Page Coffin, in his pants construction book even recognizes this for men's pants. A lot of people like Sandra Betzina's basted front fly insertion method and you can find a video tutorial on the Threads magazine site.
There are other ways to sew a fly front and I don't make Betzina's version any more preferring to use a method from Claire Shaeffer that I found in one of her pants patterns.
To be honest the hardest part of sewing pants for me was the fitting. I suggest that you got to Silhouette Patterns website and watch Peggy Sagers free videos on pants fitting.

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Date: 5/10/13 11:43 PM

Nancy, thank you for making me curious enough to visit the Hot Patterns website. I found a pattern for a pair of pants that is exactly what I wanted...pants with both a fly front AND a drawstring!

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Date: 5/11/13 6:46 AM

Are those the Marrakesh pants? That pattern has had some enthusiastic reviews here on PR. A friend who didn't do a review also liked them very much. My copy is aging, like fine wine....
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Date: 5/11/13 7:15 AM

Hot Patterns has a unique L shaped rear crotch that is a very good fit. It does sound like the Marrakesh pant and that has definitely gotten rave reviews. The site has links to a ton of her tutorials and she has one on making a fly front. My tnt pant is based on an early pants pattern of theirs, the Razer.

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