Pattern Description: Straight-leg pants and shorts with elastic waist and slant hip pockets. Includes instructions for visible or hidden waist and pocket facings.
There are two options for these shorts/pants, you can choose to have exposed facings or hidden ~ I chose hidden for this go around or View B. There are a total of 6 pattern pieces.
Pattern Sizing:29 sizes included - from girls 12months to a woman's 22. I chose a size N (146cm or 10 US) for Miss K as she is in a 10 RTW and her hip measurements fit right with an N. (she is a 76cm in hip and 63cm in waist).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow? Jalie directions are wonderful however I did make a few changes. *outlined below in pattern alterations*
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
K approves and will actually wear them
The fit is good - perhaps a tiny bit long in the front crotch (due to K not pulling them up correctly)
Easy to sew
Uses very little material
A wardrobe staple
Nice not to have to fiddle with a zip fly!
I wish the waistband was separate from the pants, next time I may alter this so that the waistband is not attached to the pants but that I attach it while sewing. I like it when the pockets are below the waistband and not sewn into the band.
This is just a personal preference.
Fabric Used: I had this fabulous solid linen in pink coral that I picked up from Hancock's sale Monday. It was $17.99 a yard but on sale for only $3.20/yd!!! I picked up 1 yard at 60" wide for this project; the pattern calls for 1/2 yard. I used only 1/2 yard. The weight of the linen is perfect - a nice medium weight. I did cut my pocket facings and waist facings out of some cotton scraps from a previous dress of Miss K's.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I double stitched the crotch seams in step 1 and 2. I like to do this for added strength. After step 5, the pocket, I under-stitched the facing to the seams and trimmed. I then continued to step 7 to top-stitch the pocket facing edge. For step 8 I suggest serging or finishing the raw edges before folding them under - plus this helped to get a nice even fold line to press. After step 10 I basted the pocket top edge and side edge to the shorts.
Again, for step 12 I double stitched the crotch. I switched and did step 16 before 15 because I don't enjoy serging in the round, it was much faster to do it while the facings were flat. However, make sure to mark which facings are the back! I also under-stitched the waistband facing after attaching it in step 17 - this really keeps the facing on the back side where it is supposed to lay and it doesn't peek out. I trimmed seams where pockets are to reduce some bulk.
For the elastic I went on my own way. I like to sew the elastic into a loop and mark it into fourths. I then mark the pants waist into fourths as well (these were already marked with their facing seams). This is sewn with the waist facing up away from the pants. I sew in the elastic stretching between each fourth. I like to position the elastic 1/4" from the bottom edge when I sew it in with a zigzag stitch. Once all the way around I flip the waist facing down inside fold that 1/4" edge up and then again sew all around while stretching the elastic. This keeps it snug in place with no shifting or flipping.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Conclusion: Excellent pattern. K will see many uses out of this one for sure! I plan on making myself some linen pants too and maybe some cotton shorts when summer rolls around again next year. Highly recommended.