|Pattern Description: |
A great pull on pant featuring a wide waist band with false opening, these full length pants are a must have wardrobe staple piece. Hem circumference 16 1/2 inches
6 - 30 I am a size 12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much, except for my modifications
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't follow them because of the modifications. Stylearc instructions are quite abbreviated, however.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love: wide contoured waistband and a straight leg that's not too skinny, not wide. 20% stretch factor (10" of crosswise fabric stretches to 12") is required for my mods.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Without my modifications, the pant requires at least a 25% stretch to go over the hips. I inserted a fly zipper about 3 1/2" below the waistband to allow using a fabric with less stretch. I simply added 2" cut on fly extensions on both sides. I also extended the left front waistband piece to accommodate the fly extension. I then constructed the pant in this order: 1. CF and fly zipper, 2. CB, 3. inseam in one long pass, 3. side seams 4. Waistband. Sew any order that works for you, but get that zip in first. I also added back patch pockets from Grainline Studio's Maritime Shorts. Fit changes included my usual fiddling with the back crotch curve (an ongoing challenge and slimming down through the thighs. Topstitched the pockets and waistband with dark grey thread for a casual look.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes, now that I have the pattern worked out to use fabric with 20% stretch. Without the zip, beware of the stretch factor.
I like the "boyfriend jean" vibe possible with this style. With flats I often roll them up, with boots, leave them long. My 24 y/o daughter gave a very favorable review today, commenting: "Mom, these are a great jean substitute for you and perfect for your lifestyle." Very comfortable, and even with the zip, a quick sew.