Saturday, January 11, 2014

1st Project for 2014 - Pants


I decided to make a pair of pants as my first project of the year.   I'm working on pants again mainly because I have so few that fit me.  I always have better luck with BWOF pants patterns, so that's what I started with.  I used #112 from the May 2007 issue.   I really like this pattern.  The shape of the hip line and legs are just right for me.  Here's the line drawing:


















Alterations I made:  added a 1-1/2" wedge to lengthen the back crotch seam; removed a little from the width of the back crotch seam; lowered the front waistline 5/8"; and removed 2" from back waist.  

I also left out the zipper and added an elastic waistband.  I made the waist just big enough to pull over my hips, so the waistband is flat when the pants are worn.

The fabric I used is a black with blue pinstripe that I  got at Joann Fabrics November 2011 and paid $2.50 yard as it was on clearance.   It's a woven "suiting" blend with a little stretch that I'm sure has some poly in it, but it is very nice.  It sews up great and doesn't wrinkle badly.  It drapes so nicely and feels great.  I wish I had more like it, in a different color.

Here's the front:





They are really comfortable to wear.








Side view:









































There's still some wrinkles in the back of the pants, but overall I'm pretty happy with how these turned out.



7 comments:

  1. Wow - you have a great fit there and lovely fabric. The shape of the pants are great.. Great job.

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  2. Those look great! I am afraid to try fitting pants...
    But these ones are fabulous.

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  3. Seven attempts! I guess each one you modified until you got to this stage - they look great - and very smart. I love the way you made the waistband pull on so that you have smart dress pants.

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  4. Very smart pants, they look great. Because there is not much difference between my waist and my hips I find a pull on waistband so much more comfortable too.

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  5. Congratulations on achieving a great fit. They look really good on you. I have to admit,I'm not there yet with pants but I have to say I don't obssess over pants.Now tops! That's a different story.

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  6. I haven't made pants as I don't think I would have the patience to make sure they fit properly. You've done a really good job. Thank you for your comments on my Eva dresses.

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  7. wow seven trys I think I'd gave up after one lol! I've always loved pinstriped fabric & went ahead & bought some & now I'm kinda scared of it lol! your pants turned out fantastic!
    Helen

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