|Pattern Description: |
Theirs: "The little corduroys are pepped up with jeans-style topstitching. They have a yoke and patch pockets on the back. The waist is elasticated which makes it easy to take the pants off for diapering and put them back on.
Mine: A good basic shape, in the right size, meant for woven fabrics which could be adapted easily to make the little dress pants I was envisioning. Thanks Ottobre for leaving seam allowances off to make the adaptation a breeze.
Ottobre size 62-92. I used a 92, because my grandson is 18 months.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
No, I adapted it to make dress pants.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I did not follow them exactly, but the information Ottobre gives is very helpful.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
meant for woven fabric
no seam allowances on pattern, which made it easy to tape the sections together and eliminate the yoke in back and decorative seams in the front.
I also love the look of the original pattern, and I would love to make the little cords, just as the designer intended. They are adorable.
A pair of men's dress slacks, cotton poly wool blend, from our local thrift store. Half off, they were $2. The fabric is lovely, and I was able to cut my slacks in such a way as to use elements of the original men's pants, such as the fly front and the professionally interfaced waist band
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made.
I eliminated the decorative seams in front.
I eliminated the yoke in back
I did not do any of the decorative top stitching.
For the front of the pants, I used the basic pattern, minus the waist foldover allowance. I used this as a guide in cutting the front of the pants from an old pair of mens dress slacks, preserving the fly construction from the men's pants.
Instead of gathering the front, I made two pleats.
I replaced the elastic waistband in front with the waistband from the men's pants which i had removed with a seam ripper, so as to shorten the zipper area to fit a toddler size.
The back of the pants are made with the elastic waist, and are otherwise plain
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do plan on using the pattern again. It is a great little basic pattern. I would definitely recommend it.
The pants turned out great, I pressed nice crisp pleats into them and they will look fabulous with a shirt and vest for the holidays!
Pictures of the vest on a "live model" here!