Here’s what I wrote in 2010 on Sewing Pattern Review
Pattern Description: “Fitted straight shorts or very loose-fitting, flared pants have below waist yokes, side front pockets, fly zipper and back welt pockets. A: front pocket piping.” I made B , the loose fitting pants
Pattern Sizing: comes 12 – 18, I made 12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? pretty much, different fabric and minor changes I made apart.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Extremely easy, those which I used anyway. I do a different zip on all trousers, so can’t comment on that part. The very best instruction part in this pattern is their description of making those side (Italian style) pockets with a french seam around the pocket bag so that the turnings are all neatly enclosed. If you’ve never done one of these, the instructions in this pattern are very well laid out.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I have made this up several times . The other times have been in larger sizes for my dds and although they are a different size and fit from me and from each other this pattern has fitted everyone right out of the envelope, with only minor tweaking. This is unusual for pants patterns! I like trousers of this style – the pockets, pleats and the wide fit at the hem. The hem comes out around 28 inches by the way. The wonky model pose is trying to show how wide they are!
I used a cotton drill bought very cheaply from the East End store I often use for bargain fabric. I used a black cotton I found in scraps to back the waistband and for the under pocket.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not use the back pockets. I don’t use back pockets on trousers and skipped them. I changed the zip insertion to my way – grown on fly.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I have also made this up without the front pleats and pockets for one dd who wanted one pair of simple pants. I closed off the pleats in the pattern by folding them away, and lay the pocket piece on with the front to make one piece. Worked fine. If I make it for me again, I may raise the waistband about an inch, and not have a belt.
The photo of the ones I made in 2010 has vanished in a flickr cull, but I found Loohoo Originals 2008 post with good pictures. Lazy blogging I admit, but the ones I’m making are a basic black, not easy to photograph and not so interesting.
If you’re looking for this classic style of pants, wide legs, slouchy pockets, pleated front, deep waistband/yoke, this is a great pattern. None of my usual griping and side swiping about Vogue pattern blocks and fit apply here. It works, the pieces fit, the pockets are a nice size, position and depth, there isn’t a bizarre amount of ease. The waist shaping is all in the curved yoke piece, so you do need to check the fit of that on your own shape before cutting into precious fabric. If its too loose at the top, you would have to pinch out some dart shaped pieces, so as to get a greater curve. If you don’t curve in much at waist level, you’d do the reverse, slashing down from the waist at intervals and opening the top edge, ending up with a straighter curve.