1812 style drop front pants and V insert in back waist/hip area.
Pattern Sizing: Pants size 30-40
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?
No. I had to make a trial garment to make sure I could understand the directions. You have to carefully look at the diagrams while reading the written directions. In some cases, it was difficult to determine the garment section in the diagrams. After I made the pants a couple of times, I realized that all the information needed was in the directions. However, the instruction could have been much simpler and clearer. The directions state to -stitch down the side of the fall-. This is a term I did not recognize at first. If they had a diagram, I would have known it was the front flap.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
To make the fall on the front of the pants, you had to slit the pants and create a stitching line 1/8 inch¯ at the top of the slit, which tapered to 0 inches at the bottom edge. This was very difficult to due after you slit the fabric. I found it much better to make the stitch line and then cut the fabric.
Fabric Used: Cotton twill
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened the pants and changed the waist measurements. I put a small piece of interfacing at the bottom of the slit to stabilize the fabric. The back V insert was omitted and the waist band and back seam were enlarged to compensate for this omission. The buttons in the front of the fall were omitted and snaps placed on the inside of the fall. The buttons at the waist band remained.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have sewn it twice as part of a period outfit for the production of Les Miserable for a local theater group, The Augusta Players. This pattern is recommended with the limitation of carefully studying the directions and perhaps making a trial garment. If I were to make the pants again, I would find a better method for constructing the front flap (fall).
1812 pants that should be simple to make but took a longer time because of the directions.