Posted by Mary Beth at The Stitchery
I reviewed this pants pattern at Pattern Review if you would like to read some of the more pattern and construction oriented details and see different photos of details. Click here for the Review.
One of the (many) cool things about this pattern is the pocket extensions that run to the front zipper, providing a bit of tummy control. I usually draft my pockets this way so this was just a little less work for me.
I like this pattern much more than I thought I would. I slavishly made all the timeconsuming details even though originally I thought, “Too fiddly! How can those pockets (front and back) be flattering??”
Presented with a challenge to my design sense and always willing to learn something new I took the plunge and am very pleased. Here’s the zippered back pockets
Here’s a close up of the front with the fancy pockets and rivet detail
Last year I bought a bolt of high quality white cotton canvas from Michael’s Fabrics, the kind that is used in priestly vestments. I plan a few white suits with this stuff. For these pants I lined with thin cotton batiste to avoid show-through and the multi-pockets are lined with satin cotton batiste for silky smooth hand insertion (love that!!!). The linings were purchased a number of years ago at Fabric Mart in Portland, Oregon.
I developed a trick last winter, that I thought was “cheating” until I read Kenneth King’s article in Threads this January: use your lining as the fitting garment. Oh Boy! I’m legit!!! I did that in this case as well.
However one can never be sure of the fit of pants until that crotch seam is sewn, trimmed and cracked so pants always offer moments of trepidation or as I, who loves snakes, see it: cheap thrills!!!
What will they ultimately fit like???
Almost as good as roller-coaster for the speedy highs and lows
I’m easily amused, I know. Cheap date, too, sometimes.
Alterations were made based on the lining fit session.
These are tight fitting pants, best used on days when there won’t be lots of sitting: these are my “struttin'” pants. Big Grin!
Yes, well, as far as I “Strut” in this small town. But hey, I am at least ready to Strut should the occasion arise. Speaking of strutting, the issue of hem length raised it’s head and I opted for the tailor’s traditional hem treatment
The back hemline dips down to the where the shoe meets the heel and should allow low heels and flats as well as high heels. The front hemline breaks over the instep.
The website I found to buy the rivets has had me jazzed for the past two weeks: seems there’s a Cajun who makes hunting accoutrements and was forced to buy a humongeous qualtity of rivets for one of his projects. Now he sells small batches to the crafting/sewing public here at CastBullet.com
These guys are very interesting. Need to cool your tent and stay connected to the internet this summer? Here’s how: High Tech Primitive Camping
And Mr. Junior Doughty, a cultural anthropologist, is also into wonderful Delta Blues music. Sigh!!! (Caution: this site has X-rated material, nice, real, and spicy!) I spent hours on that website. Maybe that’s why these pants took a 10 days to sew.
Anyway, back to sewing: I’m totally curious about how this cut would look in all kinds of fabrics and without zippered back pockets, no rivets or topstitching, no pockets, no belt carriers, etc etc etc. This pattern is going in the TNT folder right now.