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|Vogue Patterns: 8890 (Men's Jacket, Shorts, and Pants) - Type:Pants|
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|Posted on:||8/13/13 1:31 AM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
|See other patterns in this category: Mens - Jackets Mens Mens - Pants |
|Available for sale on PR: $24.00 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|I've been meaning to sew for my partner for quite a while. He wears the one pair of boxers I made for him a lot, and is always so supportive of my hand-sewn clothing. I finally decided to tackle these shorts before the summer ends. This is only my second pair of pants (the first being a UFO due to poor fitting) so I took it really slowly and tried to just enjoy the process.|
"Straight-legged shorts or pants have button waistband, carriers, side front pockets, crotch shield, inside button tab, and fly zipper, welt pockets."
Pattern Sizing: 34 - 46. I made a size 40 (Vogue's size 40 corresponds to a 34" waist and 41" hips) based on measurements of 35" waist and 41.5" hips. I used 1" seam allowances on side seams but ended up not needing them.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are well written for those who have sewn pants before. For me, I spent a lot of time examining RTW pants (a Banana Republic, one from Club Monaco, and a Dolce & Gabbana pair) to see how things go together. I struggled with the back welt pockets (the welt gets pulled BETWEEN the triangular ends), turning the carrier inside out (maybe it was my heavier fabric - I gave up and edge stitched), and the crotch shield (found only on the Dolce pants and doesn't seem to be a standard pattern piece on other pants). I also wish there were more cues to finish seams.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I think the pattern is drafted really well. I really like how similar the pattern pieces are to RTW pants. The waistband itself has 6 pattern pieces, something I've never seen before but I guess is standard on men's pants. I'm now inspired to sew the suit jacket from this pattern.
The only thing that is out of place is the back pocket not matching up to the raw edge of the back pant pattern piece. This was easily fixed by chopping off the extra pocket fabric.
- I was slightly annoyed that I couldn't find a list of notions on the back of the envelope like most patterns. I only found this information later after spending some time deciding which size zipper to pick up at the store. This is my fault though since I overlooked the note saying that this info can be found on the first page of the instructions. oops.
- The instructions have you sew buttonholes at the very end, when the pants are mostly assembled. I couldn't really get the welt pocket into my machine at this point, so I skipped these buttonholes. My guy doesn't really button up his back pockets anyway, so it wasn't a big deal.
Fabric Used: Medium weight cotton suiting with raised double stripes in brittany blue designed by Marc Jacobs from Fabric Mart. I used red/cream quilting cotton for the pockets, and salvaged shirting for the waistband facings.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I sewed the pattern as is. The only change I made was taking a 3/4" wedge out of the center back seam at the waist for a closer fit. I also skipped the waistband facing interfacing (I didn't feel any on the RTW pants I had access to). Also omitted the back welt buttonholes.
I'm looking forward to sewing this pattern again after I see how these shorts wear. I may even attempt sewing the suiting jacket if the occasion arises.
Here are some additional photos:
Front and Back collage
Waistband facings and pockets
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