|I recently attended a Louise Cutting Retreat in Tulsa, OK. It was WONDERFUL. She is the loveliest person. Very helpful. Very friendly. Very relaxed. If you get a chance to go to one of her classes, please do.|
Louise brought each student in the class a print out of her latest pattern called The Swing Set. She also helped each of us with fitting issues while it was still just a print on paper. All she did for me was choose a size and have me take 1/4" out of the entire length, front and back. That was it.
I just finished my pants today. I would be thrilled to put pictures here, but I find it very hard. Therefore, please just go to my blog post for today, and you will see several pictures.
I would NOT call this pattern "easy" but it isn't hard either if you have made pants before. Louise's instructions are the BEST, by far, I have ever seen. Very detailed. Her instructions will help you make a pair of pants that doesn't look like you made them at home.
The BEST thing about this pant pattern is the crotch curve. Louise said it is a European crotch. I saw several women in the class with this pant on before we left, and the crotch looked great on all of them. It looks great on my friend, Phylly, too.
The pants can be made WITH pockets or WITHOUT. Louise recommends you make a pair without pockets first to perfect the hip curve as everyone has a different hip curve. I have TWO myself!
I used Louise's elastic in the waistband casing of these pants, and I really like it. You subtract 9 to 12 inches from your waist measurement for the elastic length. I didn't trust that, so I only cut mine about 4" shorter. I ended up cutting off the rest later. Good to be sure for the first pair. Once it is cut off, it is gone. The elastic is soooooooooooooo soft, and the waistband is very comfortable. Of course, my fabric is a soft linen blend, so that may have something to do with the softness of the band. It does NOT turn over on itself either. I made a little video -- also on my blog post -- that shows how to sew the elastic if any reader happens to be a newbie at that skill. Louise describes it very well in her directions also.
Pictures are at my blog. Link above. Today's date is 02-02-13. I am going to check my stash for some more fabric to make another pair.