So, yeah…I made some pants! With some pockets. And pin-tucks. A first on both accounts. The pants were a pretty simple sew, which makes no sense why it took so long to sew them up. I’m hoping round two goes faster, which of course, it always does.
Let’s take a look at the process (and setbacks) shall we? ** Not included will be any child related mishaps, including a toddler who is obsessed with 1.) my pedal foot 2.) anything sharp and dangerous looking.**
1.) Traced the pattern on freezer paper. The pattern sizes are differentiated not by color, but by coded series of dots and dashes. This made me swear.
2.) Thought I’d cut out the pattern pieces while on the phone. It took me three times as long, and I wound up with all back legs. Multitasking is overrated. Hung up the phone and cut out the correct pieces in about one-fifth of the original time.
3.) Figure out how to attach pocket lining and pocket bag (I rather love that term by the way…pocket bag). This spacial/figuring out how things go, takes me awhile. Spatial reasoning is not my strong suit. When lost while driving I always have a gut feeling that I know which way I should drive, and it’s always wrong. This anti-sense of direction also applies to sewing, it seems. Attached pocket lining to wrong side, seam rip, re-sew.
4.) On to the back pockets. Baste and turn 1/4″ around pants pocket perimeter. Topstitch down. Oops…did the process so that the wrong side of the fabric will be showing. Seam rip!
4.) Realize I have no idea what seam allowance I’m supposed to use, sift through the front of the book (Sewing Clothes Kids Love) to find that seam allowances were not included. Huh. Oops. This is not going to end well, but I’m going to continue anyway.
5.) Smooth sailing for a bit…
6.) Cut out waistband, realize I was supposed to cut it on fold. Go grab fabric (again) and re-cut waistband. For some reason, this is extra-annoying.
7.) Interpret waistband directions (why are their no pictures, I miss my picture laden pdf patterns). The waistband and waist don’t match up since I have no seam allowances. Re-sew waistband size to fit.
8.) Tack down the sides of the waistband to make it look like a flat front. Decide this makes the back seem too bulky, rip those seams out.
Hmmm…well I guess there weren’t that many setbacks, although I’m sure I’m forgetting a couple. But the first time I sew anything, I swear it takes three hours where one should do. Looking forward to sewing these up again, in a much faster fashion. Although, after using a pants pattern, I’m not sure it is more appealing than just drafting my own pants pattern from some well-fitting pants. Especially for an elastic waist pair. Although I was happy to learn the technique for a set-on waistband, as well as pockets. And for learning the term ‘pocket bag.’
I went ahead with a little photo shoot, even knowing these pants won’t see the light of day. A pretty blog post, but not much else. And I’m all for full-disclosure, so these pants do not fit. Wah waaaah. They are really roomy through the leg, but the hips are tight and she busted a seam while wearing them just for photos. I think I’ll try them on her younger brother, to see if they would fit someone that age a little better, or if the proportions are just all screwed up. I still love how they look, with the linen and striped cotton accent fabric…
I love the contrasting fabric for the pockets lining. I’m not sure how I feel about the pin-tucks, I just wanted to try them. My husband called them ’70’s pants.’ In a good way, I think.
The back pocket placement was a little odd… Although I probably should probably try to re-sew the pattern properly before I make too many judgements.
Aww, look, she’s sad they don’t fit.
Okay, she’s just sad that I made her take her shoes off in order to put the pants on. Taking shoes off is the worst. thing. everrrrr.
Oooh, look pockets! She did like this part…
And I’ll end it with a smile, although smiling is not what I was doing at the end of this.
Has anyone else tried this pattern? I did like learning a bit about pocket construction, and it is always a learning process, but in the end, I just prefer the free elastic waist pants pattern over at MADE.
If anyone out there have a simple pants pattern recommend, I’d love to try it!
**Linking up to Make-it-wear-it on The Train to Crazy**