Pants are such a universal item in a lady’s wardrobe; pair it with runners or heels and the same pair can look widely different. I have sewn a few pair of pants – mostly jeans – with varied results. To be honest, I had almost given up the hope of sewing pants the even vaguely fitted. Until I found the most inspiring material!
It’s a lightweight woven 100% dark grey wool, with a slightly heavier weight black and white striped wool pattern woven into shapes with some loose weight fibres sticking out.
I decided that I would go for a slightly more “couture” look; focus on the details. Whilst my fitting skills for pants lack a bit of finesse, my sewing skills enjoy a bit of free experimenting. Rather than simply cutting the fabric completely along the cut lines, I decided to keep the lighter patterned sections to continue around the seams. If you look in the above picture you can see where a patterned section has hit a seam and I have carefully positioned it (and the seam allowance) so that it could be hand-stitched down.
It’s something that took forever, but none-the-less I am very proud of how it turned out.
The front view looks pretty decent to be honest. The Kwik Sew 3625 Pants pattern has a lovely flared hem and a wide waistband that sits at the natural waist. I would probably lower the waist next time I sew the pattern; I just personally don’t like waistbands that sit at my natural waist as I find they often dig in when I move.
The side view of the pants also looks relatively decent. Again you can see the results of the patterns continuing across the seam. I think if I had simply cut the patterns, the seam would have been much too noticeable.
The back view shows some wrinkling. I am not sure how to deal with this issue to be honest; when I sit the extra fabric is absorbed. Any suggestions?
I chose to add an extra feature – a pocket flap. I really went overboard with my pattern pieces 😛
I just used a simple magnetic snap to close it in place. Without anything in the pocket, it is ever so slightly loose; the idea being to absorb any stretch when the pocket is full.
So what do you think of my pants? Have you got any tips on how to fit the back?