I made pants!

I wanted try my hand at pants, CC was a willing guinea pig, Joann’s had some linen-cotton blend on sale, Vogue had a pattern sale, and voila!

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Front

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Back

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Side

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fly-front!

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welt pockets!

Here’s my review for PatternReview:

My friend loooves wide-legged pants and I wanted to make her a pair. So when I saw this pattern and found some linen/cotton fabric on sale, it had to be!

Pattern Description:
Vogue 1059 Flared pants with yoke. View A plus the front pockets from View B.
Pattern Sizing:
I made these for a friend whose measurements are waist 28 and hip 40. Going by the chart that should’ve been a size 16 but I took a wild guess and cut a size 10. It fit almost perfectly–or at any rate the way she wanted it to fit. The waist needed a little adjusting; I had to take it in a smidge at the center back and let it out a little at the side seams.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes! Better!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. This was my first time making a fly or welt pockets. Somewhat mystifying but I followed along and they came out well.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This was the right pattern with the right fabric for my friend’s figure and taste.
Fabric Used:
Linen cotton blend.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made View A but added the front pockets from View B. The pocket openings ended up really small so if I did that again I would rethink my strategy. I also made the fly a couple inches longer. As it’s drafted it’s not much more than two inches long which looks really stupid to me, especially since the notions list has a 7 inch zipper. (Why do all pants patterns call for 7 inch zippers and then have you cut it down to 4? Why not just have you buy a 4 inch zipper?) I also strengthened the waist with a bit of twill tape at the seam.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! Since we know this pattern fits my friend, we’re already planning on more pairs. I recommend it to anyone who likes that style.

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4 Responses to “I made pants!”

  1. Jean Says:

    Great pants… the fit is perfect.

  2. kiawe Says:

    Thank you! We got lucky with the pattern and my guess at a size.

  3. Mary Beth Says:

    If ever you wish to verify that your guess is going to fit with the amount of ease you want & need, then lay the pattern flat and measure between the seam allowances to find the final garment’s measurements. It’s called, simply enough, flat pattern measuring, it’s good stuff for peace of mind.

    These first pants really look great! Congrats

  4. kiawe Says:

    Thanks for the tip. But I suppose the only way to know how much ease is right for a particular look is experience!

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