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|Reviewed by:||supizoo|| |
|Posted on:||6/8/14 2:46 AM |
Vogue Patterns Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 1 people Very Helpful by 5 people |
|See other patterns in this category: Dresses Tops Coat/Jacket Suits / Separates Pants Skirts |
|Fabric:||Linen [See other projects in this fabric]|
excuses excuses: even though it doesn't look like it, I promise you I did iron the pants and brush my hair prior to the photo shoot ;)
There are photos scattered throughout the review or you can see all hotos together by clicking on the Flickr set at the bottom of the review.
The pattern contains a full wardrobe of wide legged pants, jacket, dress, top and skirt. I am reviewing the pants (kind of a given since they are entered in the Pants Contest!)
(6, 8, 10) (12, 14, 16) (18, 20, 22)
Corresponding to Hip: 83-122cm (32.5-48")
My measurements make me a 12 in this pattern. The first time I made these pants I cut 10-12 and whilst I thought it was a good fit at the time, they were in fact too big. This time around I cut the 8 and think it is much better.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Between the diagrams and the text, the instructions were pretty good. In a few places (e.g. pocket) I needed the diagram in order to understand the text.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
1. The wide waistband (referred to as a yoke). It is shaped, both around the waist and over the hips so there is room for adjustments. I think it would be flattering to a variety of body shapes. It is also really comfortable!
Waist yoke on me
Waist yoke on hanger
2. The amount of ease from the pants to the waistband. At first it seams too much (almost gathers) but this ease becomes invisible and makes for a comfy pair of pants.
3. Not the best photo but No gaping when I sit down!
1. The fly doesn't include a zipper guard (for want of a better word) to protect your skin from the zipper. Vogue do refer to this as a 'mock fly' however, after all of the effort of putting the rest of the 'fly' together, it seems strange to omit this part as it leaves the pants looking unfinished. I constructed a zipper guard and inserted it into this pair and feel a lot happier with the look.
2. The pockets as drafted are way too long. They came half way down my thigh. I like a decent sized hanky but that's just silly.
More details/photos in the Alterations section
3. My fault: the pocket gapes a little. On my first pair the pocket was flat as a tack. On this pair, I fiddled with the waist yoke but did not adjust the pocket (rookie mistake!) hence this one does not sit flat.
100% Linen from the Fabric Store (Brisbane Australia).
A great fabric for my 'rumpled' lifestyle.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Hold on to your pony tail! I pretty much had a go at everything.
1. Added the zipper guard. This also meant that I left the front extension on the waist yoke (you would cut this off one side if you made the mock fly version).
Fly with zipper guard
2. Bound the edges of the fly with purchased bias binding. This is a first for me and makes things look so much neater.
3. Reduced the length of the pocket 6-7cm (approx 2-3").
New pocket piece
4. I did not make the cuff. Instead I hand stitched a 3" hem. I do believe I've stopped growing (!) but finding the correct hem length is something I struggle with so I made it long as a safety net.
Slip stitch hem
Personal alterations for fit:
1. Scooped out the back crotch curve 2.5cm (1inch): This was to try to fix the folds of fabric evident on my first pair. I think it worked. Why didn't I take a photo???
2. Scooped out the front crotch 0.75cm: I possible didn't need to but there was a tiny bit of fabric pulling and I was in the mood for scooping since I'd just learnt what it meant and had success with the back!
3. Put a 0.5cm horizontal pleat in the front and back, tapering to 0cm at the side seam. This was to try to fix a droopy centre font and back.
4. Reduced the width of the back leg (evenly between inner and outer seam) about 1cm. This was an experiment to reduce the amount of fabric flapping around in the back thigh area.
5. Reduced the taper on the waist yoke. The yoke is drafted for feminine hips and I am somewhat lacking in that department.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is my second time on these pants and I will make them again in white or navy linen. These will be great, summer BBQ pants. Navy would be great for work. I am falling in love with this style!
I do recommend the pattern. It went together well.
Things I learnt:
1. Go with the flow. There is nothing like pants-fitting to make one lose all ego.
2. Be prepared to make several muslins. Doing too much to one muslin creates pattern origami! Hmm, that might be why I didn't take photos of my alterations.
3. I've never understood what people meant by 'scooping out the crotch curve' until this contest, where I was forced (eh hem, encouraged) to investigate.
I was hoping to describe the technique in this review but pictures and video are so much better than the written word.
4. I really need to work on my accessories; belts, shoes, jewellery......!!!
For me, this style is the perfect BBQ pant for the tropics. Cool, relaxed and airy but still providing coverage from the sun and mozzies. There will be more in my wardrobe.
All of my alterations were experimental so please take my notes with a grain of salt. I purchased Sarah Veblen's video tutorial Fun Fitting Pants (yeah, I think Sarah has a wicked sense of humour). Mistakes in my pants should be attributed to me, not Sarah, as I ran out of time to properly follow her tutorial. I did experiment with some of her tips and look forward to using her tutorial the way it was intended.
Vogue 2975 Flickr album
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