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Posted on:7/28/04 7:43 AM
Last Updated:10/26/04 5:13 PM
Pattern Size:Regular Petite 
Review Rating: Helpful by 4 people    Very Helpful by 4 people   
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JDpenelope said... (8/16/04 7:42 PM) Reply
You went to a lot of trouble to get this pattern to work! Your final pants have nice lines and the pattern is interesting. I'm scared of Vogue, though--in general, aren't Vogue patterns suited for the more experienced sewist?
meli88a said... (8/16/04 7:27 AM) Reply
sherrill, you're not old, i'm just picky in how i like to wear my pants! i like a little bit of a puddle around my feet so i can wear my pants with heels -- that way i can feel a little bit taller. ;p
meli88a said... (8/16/04 7:26 AM) Reply
Irina, sorry about the picture. I didn't realize that it wasn't available -- it's reposted.
CarolynGM said... (8/16/04 5:49 AM) Reply
Your review is so good that I'm dying to see the photo. Unfortunately, I cannot. I get a message that the file is inaccessible.
Sherril Miller said... (8/16/04 2:37 AM) Reply
I am unable to see the photo, but if they are touching the floor, how can they be highwaters? I guess I'm too old to understand :-(
meli88a said... (8/15/04 10:41 PM) Reply
Allison, your pants sound really fun and cute! That's a pretty bold fabric you chose, I bet that your pants are really eye catching. :)
Allison said... (8/10/04 11:46 PM) Reply
I am just finishing these pants right now. I too had trouble with the fly instructions and thought it was me. I also ended up making them a size smaller (10, not 12 (I bought a new pattern), but in my experience that is normal for Vogue); and, the muslin dipped down at centerback so I corrected it but because my upholstery fabric has NO give (I'm so used to a little lycra!) they still pull down and I am concerned about sitting in a restaurant! However, I do like the fake pockets, its a fun detail for me. I made mine out of my mother's couch scraps (pink stripe with embroidered flowers) so I can't wait to visit her and sit on the couch! They are fun pants and will definitely get attention. I do plan on making them again.
AnneM said... (7/29/04 7:49 PM) Reply
Well, I scooped out the seat a little - meaning added about 1/4" to the pattern piece & adjusted the curve. This alteration tip might also help. There was another one somewhere that I can't find, that linked to some pictures showing how to move out the back a little bit. Keep up the good work!
pharmercoon said... (7/29/04 9:25 AM) Reply
Meli88a, There's a good article in Threads this month (aug 04) on how to muslin fit a pair of pants. They are a different style but they show how to add to the seat by slashing and adding to that area. I have this pattern too. So I'm really enjoying your review and when I don't have so many other projects going I'll start the process. Good luck!
meli88a said... (7/29/04 7:29 AM) Reply
I'm sorry everyone, but i own The World's Crappiest CameraTM, and so the pictures... well, I guess they kind of speak for themselves. I am reworking these pants, so when I finally get them to work out, I'll try to repost with decent pictures. ;) Evatgirl73, I wasn't sure about the 2 piece legs either, but I decided to try them out, because I have a pair of RTW pants that are also 2 piece and I really like them. Putting the 2 piece legs together was a bit extra work, but the fit is still good. I think you could tape the two pieces together before cutting the fabric, and still get the same fit with less sewing work.
KathleenS said... (7/29/04 3:46 AM) Reply
Thanks for the very helpful review.
Evatgirl73 said... (7/28/04 8:25 PM) Reply
I also have this pattern, and have traced it but not cut it yet... looks like I might just as well re-trace in one size smaller, LOL! Rolling my eyes as I was debating between the 6-8-10 and the 12-14-16 envelope since I was going to be either a 10 or 12... and had heard how Vogues were notoriously small. Aaarrgghh! I'm NOT buying the other sizes, I'll scale down from the 12... Very nice review, lots of great tips on the construction! How did you like the 2-piece legs? I'm thinking of just laying the pattern pieces together and cutting the legs in one piece... It looks (what we can see, LOL!) like your pants came out *OK*, maybe you can re-do the waistband since you're unhappy with it..?
alicia said... (7/28/04 7:06 PM) Reply
thank you for your detailed review! don't give up!
ladylola said... (7/28/04 4:09 PM) Reply
Thank you so much for this review. I want to make these so I'll make sure to flat pettern measure first! Like others have said, it would be nice to see bigger pictures.
carolineG said... (7/28/04 12:04 PM) Reply
Thnx for your sizing comments!!! I am planning on making these, and will definately cut a size smaller than I anticipated. It is so frustrating that Vogue's sizes are so varied! Is there any way you can post bigger photos?
meli88a said... (7/28/04 10:55 AM) Reply
PVA -- thanks. I'm sorry about the photos, but I didn't realize that they're so small and I don't know how to resize them.
PVA said... (7/28/04 9:38 AM) Reply
Thanks for this review! I couldn't see any details in the photos because their just thumbnail, but your construction details are really very helpful.
PVA said... (7/28/04 9:37 AM) Reply
Thanks for this review! I couldn't see any details in the photos because they're just thumbnail, but your construction details are really very helpful.
caleddon said... (7/28/04 9:30 AM) Reply
I have this pattern but I haven't tried making it up yet. Thanks for your comments on sizing and the zip. I've put a post-it note on the pattern notes so that I remember to measure the pattern before I start it.
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