Thursday, September 11, 2008
Neue Mode Stil Young Collection J22928
This is my girlfriend's all time favorite pants pattern. I've used it at least 15 times. It's very versatile; I've added pockets, slits, and waistband to style them up a bit.
This time last year, DeeDee and I made a trip over to Vogue Fabrics during the lunch hour. In less than an hour, she had 10 cuts of raw silk basket weave fabric for pants and jackets. At that time she was in no hurry for the pants and said, "Just take my fabric home with you and I'll let you know when I'm ready." Well a few months ago she said, "I'm ready." I made five pair (Black and Purple and three multi-color) this time around, no additions (pockets or waistbands) and no belt loops.
Pattern Description: Wide leg pants with front and back darts, front zipper, faced waist and optional carriers.
Pattern Sizing: 8-18
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. I omitted the belt loops.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yep. I just glanced over them. Typical instructions for basic pants.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Like: Everything. These pants go together really fast. I finished all of the seams and sew them together in two sewing evenings. I also like the versatility of the style; it's very easy to add pockets (patch or in-set), the zipper can be moved to the side or back seam, and slits can be added as well. Nothing to dislike.
Fabric Used: Raw silk, basket weave
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: This time I only added two darts to the back for better shaping at the waist.
Matching the pattern of the fabric side seam.
Matching the pattern of the fabric at center front seam.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes, if you can find it or have it in your collection. Dee will probably have me to make a few more this winter. We'll see. ;-)
Conclusion: This is a great pattern that a beginner could easily put together. Great wardrobe builder.