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Looking for a basic no-frills pants pattern - no pockets, cuffs or other details, natural rise, boot cut..
canokie
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Date: 9/10/13 7:02 PM

Hello everyone,

I am new here and very glad to find this place! I took sewing classes and made a few garments when I was in my late teens/early twenties, but nothing since. Twenty-some years later, I am interested in getting back into it. I have developed sensitivities to many things, including perfumes, sizing and other fabric treatments on most clothing, and I am even allergic to my shoes now Anyway, I have searched online for clothing made from organic cotton, hemp, etc. but most of what I find looks like it belongs in a yoga studio rather than an office, and the few things I found that would work for me are shockingly expensive. So I looked at organic fabrics online and realized that a sewing machine would quickly pay for itself if I was to make some of my own clothes. So here I am! I am excited about getting a new sewing machine and choosing from the new patterns available.

Having said all of that, I would like to start with a very basic pants pattern. Something dressy enough to wear to work, but very classic with a natural rise (is that the term for the pants that come all the way up to my waist?) and a boot cut or even slightly wide leg. I don't want any pockets, pleats, cuffs or other details, and would consider a side zip or basic fly front. I always wear my tops out anyway. I There are so many patterns out there I don't know where to start! Can you all please help me narrow down the options?

Thanks so much!
Shelley

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Date: 9/10/13 9:21 PM

Welcome to PR!

You don't mention what type of shape you have: pear? apple? straight? plus? slim? All that would influence what pattern you might want to start with.

One suggestion is to go to the 'advanced search' screen. Select type of pattern as pants. The look at the pictures until you see someone who seems to have a similar build to yours, and check out their review.

Some general tips:
for excellent instructions,
Kwik-Sew patterns are a good choice. If you have a flat seat (vs full buttocks) you might consider Colette Patterns; I've heard their instructions are also very good.

Burda pants generally get good reviews for having a 'ready to wear' look, but their instructions are not usually very extensive. That probably won't be a problem anyway, but it is nice to start out with a pattern that has slightly more thorough instructions. Burda patterns are fairly easily available, which is an advantage. I just made 2938, which is a wide-leg style that happens to fit me extremely well and falls at the natural waist.

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Date: 9/10/13 10:00 PM

Thanks, Anne!

My shape is middle-aged I'm 5'4", size 16W, used to be one of those bigger on the bottom gals but now I have a menopot too so there really isn't anything left that's small - well maybe my boobs (C cup). I do have a long waist/shorter legs and that is a problem when buying clothes off the rack. Butt rather low slung I guess you could say, not small or flat but not bubble butt either... Anyhoo, I'll check out the patterns you mentioned. One that I was looking at a couple of Jalie patterns - 2909 or 2561. Any thoughts on those? I'll go over to the reviews section and see what I can find. Thanks for the tips!

Shelley

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Date: 9/11/13 6:29 AM

Dont get discouraged with fitting! If you have a pair of RTW that you love the fit of consider unseaming it (if worn out) and use tgat to tweak your pattern crotch and other areas.
Or just fold the RTW inside out at seam lines to compare.
Getting a good crotch and hip fit by altering a purchased pattern can be a nightmare for some of us.
Also find cheap or thrift store fabric for muslin mock ups. I am also highly allergic and use organic fabrics- some aren't cheap!
Get a large roll of exam paper to trace out your pattern.
Craftsy has some good, inexpensive videos. I am assuming in all this that you are a returning novice so forgive if you have this info already. I also returned after 20+ years and it was a quite a change. But PR will hold your hand until you get steadied and comfortable again.

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Date: 9/11/13 7:18 AM

You might want to check out Style Arc's Linda Stretch Pant. Everyone seems to love them and they look good on a variety of body types. Don't be put off by the elastic waist - it fits smoothly and, especially if you wear your tops out, you'll never know it. Definitely not yoga pants! I have a pair made from stretch Bengaline (recommended by Chloe from Style Arc) and they're my favorite pants. Linda Pant

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Date: 9/11/13 7:43 PM

Thank you for the suggestions. I'll check these out.

Sandy, do you have any sources for organic fabric that you could share? I've been looking online, and yes, they are pretty expensive.

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Date: 9/11/13 7:45 PM

Was just wondering on the pattern size thing... are they usually several sizes bigger than your regular clothing size? Its been so long since I sewed that I really can't remember...

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Date: 9/12/13 7:54 AM

Jalie is similar to Burda in shape, I believe. I've only made one, and it was not really a style I wanted (hot pants - I ordered the wrong pattern ) but does seem similar.

As for sizing, yes, very little comparison to RTW sizing. (RTW= ready to wear) I typically wear a size 4 in RTW. I will generally sew a 10 or 12 in Simplicity, a 12 in Burda, but an XS in Kwik-Sew. For Style Arc, go by your measurements and if in doubt send them an email. (For Simplicity, McCalls, & Butterick people often end up making one size down then where the envelope measurements would put them.)

What I did recently is actually took 6 different pants patterns and made quick shorts-length muslins (draft copies) of each. I found that half had poor fit for me, 2 were okay, and one was very good. So don't get discouraged if you aren't happy with the fit of your first attempt; just try a different pattern line.

From your description, I'm going agree with the Style Arc suggestion. And they have some excellent styles. I also think Kwik-Sew might be okay for you, and the Colette patterns.


P.S. In the 'fabric' section of this message board I have a list of on-line fabric stores, including a section listing natural and organic.
-- Edited on 9/12/13 7:57 AM --

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Date: 9/12/13 6:05 PM

Which one fit you well Anne?

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Date: 9/12/13 7:47 PM

I'm making two pairs of pants right now.

These Butterick ones for me: Butterick I have rather flat butt and these fit well, apart from having to make the waist a bit wider.

And these Vogue ones Vogue 1059 for a friend. She has an hourglass figure and these fit her out of the envelope.

Both patterns do have pockets, but you can skip that pretty easily. I recommend them both, depending on your figure.

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