|Pattern Description: Close-fitting pants have elastic waist, three construction methods for pleats in knee area, back yokes/pockets, and stitched hems.|
Pattern Sizing: 8 - 24
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No! The pattern envelope photos are misleading - the pants are not so skinny!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Well, yes and no. The pants construction is very easy to follow. However, the detail treatment on the pants front (knee) is very confusing.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the fit! Because the back upper and lower leg are separate pieces (in my version, the front is pieced as well), the fit is close above the knee and a bit looser below the knee. Really nice.
Not so easy - the detail on the front knee area of the pants. I found all 3 knee options to be very difficult to manage and not really all that pretty. On my first pair I sewed two 1/8" seams, facing outward, from edge to edge, on the right side of the fabric. When the pants are on, the seams kind of poke out and cause a bag above the kneecap.
Fabric Used: I used a cheetah print matte poly-lycra jersey from Fashion Fabric Club. This is the same fabric I used in my Jungle January New Look 6936 maxi dress!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I cut a size 16 (instead of my usual Vogue 14), because the fit through the hips and waist is very close. Ever notice how panty hose slowly pull down from the waist and the crotch creeps towards the knees? Well, that's what I wanted to avoid!
To overcome the unwelcome knee highlight, I decided to piece the pants front. After carefully measuring my leg ( front and back,waist to knee, knee to ankle), I cut the front leg into two pieces at the knee, pretty much in front of the back leg seam. And added seam allowances at the join.
Both the front and back knee seams are trimmed, turned up, and topstitched. I like the result - a touch of detail but the seams are flat and pretty.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I've made 3 pairs! and recommend the pattern to everyone.
Conclusion: I like my pants - they are comfy, have a bit of detail, and look very finished. Mine are not 'skinny' - they are just right! A lot like leggings, but easy to make and fun to wear. They are a nice wardrobe builder for tunic tops and cardigans.