|Pattern Description: |
"Chino-style trousers updated with a slim, casual fit, back yoke and stylish slash front pockets. These pants include two length options - knee length shorts with rolled cuff and full length trousers...
The design includes top-stitched belt loops, flat fell inseams, a fly, back patch pockets with decorative stitching, and large slash front pockets."
I made two pairs of shorts from this pattern.
30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40.
I sewed a size 30 for my tall, skinny boyfriend. His best fit is in size 29" in storebought pants, but when I made this pattern in a 30, they're a weeeee bit uncomfortable for him. On the second version, I cut a generous size 30 and sewed the seams at 3/8" instead of 5/8", and he says they're much more comfortable to sit down in.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Luckily, the model (and co-owner) for Thread Theory has a similar build to my dude.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Fantastic instructions! I had such an easy time with this pattern; I was pleasantly surprised about it since they're a new company. They walk you through everything -- including the details for sewing flat-felled seams, french-seaming the pocket bags, steaming the pants seams to contour them to the shape of your legs, etc. I didn't add a lot of those details, but I appreciate them anyhow, ha. My second pair of these shorts took me 4 hours total, including cutting. What!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I'm excited about Thread Theory because there's finally an indie patternmaker for casual & modern men's clothing. Almost all their revealed designs so far are just my boyfriend's style, so I'm just glad they're filling a large gap in the sewing pattern world.
I liked these pants/shorts especially because of the slim cut and chino-styling. They're casual without being too jeans-like or athletic, which is exactly what my boyf likes to wear.
Cotton twill for both. From JoAnn.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't make the shorts cuffs -- just made a 1" hem at the length he wanted. I also didn't add the back pocket stitch design or use bias tape to finish any seams. I didn't flat-fell the seams, but just serged and topstitched. Besides that I think it's mostly to the pattern.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I'm very happy with the results, and my boyf loves both pairs I made. Looking forward to sewing more Thread Theory designs.
See my blog for more photos and info. Thanks for reading!