|Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, below waist, boot-legged pants have waistband with carrier and binding, side front pockets, back welt pockets, fly zipper closing and stitched creases.|
Pattern Sizing:I used a size 14 which matches my hip measurements. Size 14 is for a 28 waist, 38 hip. My waist is more like a 27, but that's easy to adjust for.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Basically. I'm NOT happy with how the back welts turned out, in fact, I've sewn them shut because the facing was not in the right spot and the lining was showing. I wish the front pockets had included more information on stabilizing because mine were seriously gaping. They're sewn shut too.
On the other hand, I had no problems with the fly and I followed the instructions religiously!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I have lost some weight recently and currently all my work pants are too big (or fit, but are too short). I wanted to make a fitted pair of pants that were long enough, and I liked the styling of the seaming down the front.
Sewing it, I liked the bias binding on the inside waistband, the zipper, and the seaming. I also liked the zipper insertion. It worked and doesn't look funny!
I did not like any of the pockets.
I didn't use the carriers, but if you look at the pattern closely, there's one at center back and one at each side seam. There's no way I'd sew them like this because I suspect your belt in the front would always be wanting to migrate to where it didn't belong. I didn't add carriers, but if I did, I would position them normally.
Fabric Used: A relatively light stretch sateen of some sort that came from the G Street bargain table a few years ago. This was perhaps not the best choice. I think these would look better in a wool so that every little wrinkle isn't quite so noticeable and the drape would be better.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did a full thigh adjustment, but think I could have done a bigger one. I did attempt to let the side seams out by a little to ease some of the frown lines, but that just made the pants too baggy. The stretch actually made it a little hard to work with because there's a lot of stretch and even as sewn, they feel a little big...despite the pocket gaping and the frown lines telling me otherwise.
Also, if i were to make it again, I need to lengthen the legs by about 1.5 inches. As it is, in my work heels, they were just barely long enough. I was only able to do about a 5/8in hem.
I sewed these like menswear pants where you sew the waistbands separate and sew the center back seam last. I knew I would have to take them in a little bit and this allowed that to be done relatively easily....unfortunately, when I did that, it move my back welt pockets closer together and I just think it looks funny.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Maybe. I'd leave off all pockets and consider lowering the waist a bit. These hit right at my natural waist and that feels high. I don't quite understand how vogue calls these below waist. I would recommend it if you like the style or want to try a full fly pant.
Conclusion: Okay pattern...I'm not super happy with them, especially the rear view, but I think a lot of these issues are due to my fabric selection. I thought the stretch would make it easier, but really, it just made fitting more difficult.