|Let me begin by describing what happened as I was finishing these pants. |
My husband: "Do you realize that you have been making an almost inaudible, dog-whistle-like squeaking noise for 10 minutes?"
Me: "What? No I'm not."
Me: "Wait, I'm doing it right now, aren't I?"
So, that is the depth of my joy about these pants. They make me unconsciously squeak out loud.
Rear ... it looks much better with a bottom in it
Back waistband/pocket detail
Wait for it. I couldn't help myself. It's about to get SO MUCH BETTER. Unless you really hate these pants....(which is totally cool, everyone likes what they like)...in that case, it's about to get a lot worse.
Oh no I didn't!!!! Yes, I did!!!!!!
Even better still....
Squeak! Squeak! Squeak!!
The jacket was the second iteration of this pattern. It's so beyond! I just love it. I have to take some more pictures this weekend with it on while I get some snaps of my jacket for the contest.
These is the pattern I drafted a few weeks ago based on my favorite pair of jeans. I made one in corduroy, and one it non-stretch denim. You can check out my original review here - it includes both pairs and and bunch of notes. Honestly, these are now my personal pant sloper. The fit is perfect, and I can alter them so easily to change up the style.
Me sized. I usually wear a 2 in RTW. Sometimes up or down one.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Well they look like my original pants. They're like a whole little family of pants when they are together in my closet.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I think they're easy to make. I can usually pump 'em out in about 2-hours (minus cutting time & button-sewing-on-ing). I do them in this order (after I overlock all the edges that need to be overlocked):
2. Fly & front crotch;
3. Back darts & rear crotch;
4. Inseam (with topstitching);
5. Side seams;
7. Bottom hem;
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Let me tell you. I think these are the perfect pant....low rise (about 2-3 fingers below the navel), flat pockets, and a slim (but not tight) thigh that opens up to a nice, wide flare.
A Marc Jacobs print from Fabric Mart that I got for a steal. I'm just nuts for this print.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
This time I changed the pocket design. It is still top-stitched down, which is so awesome because your pockets never get bunched up. But this time I did more of a patch pocket that is enclosed in the side seam. I dig it.
I really struggle over whether to line these. I ended up not doing it. I'm going to be wearing them as more of a jean, and the fabric is heavy enough to not need it. I think. I hope.
Also, I took a picture of attaching the carriers. This is me tacking down the carriers. It's really the only time I've used the Jean-a-ma-jig, but man, oh man is it terrific for bar-tacking down the carriers. I only paid $3.50 for it, but I've now done 8 carriers with it, and it makes the job effortless, and therefore worth my money.
Usin' the jean-a-ma-jig
Once you set the needle, pull the pin out before you sew
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't think I'll ever stop with these. I want white denim. Charcoal thin wale corduroy. Oh-oh-oh deep navy blue twill with a wide leg? I really could just go on and on and on.
Let's be real. I will most likely be using these as separates. I wore the jacket last night with a white tee and dark wash jeans. I'll probably rock the pants with a black or white shirt. But I'm a former dancer/yoga teacher, New Jersey born, resident of Asheville, NC = I've worn weird costumes/tiny clothes a lot, I love a print (especially animal...), and I live in Hipster Central.
I WILL wear this suit - if only to feel like a rock star every now and again.