Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The Pants I Thought I Wouldn't Make - M5818
Worn Monday June 29, 2009
These are the pants that I thought I wouldn't make. In May, I made and reviewed the dress and declared that I would make the jacket, but not the pants. Wrong! I needed (wanted) some new pants to wear at the Annual InfoEd meeting so I made these and M5710.
Again, Palmer/Pletsch delivers. The seam allowance enables the sewists to fit as you sew, which is a plus when you are in a hurry or need a quick sewing project.
Pattern Description: MISSES' LINED JACKET, DRESS AND PANTS: Lined jacket A has princess seams, welt pockets, flaps and sleeve with slit; lined dress B has front and back pleats, front and back darts, back zipper, back slit and topstitching detail, length is 1" above mid-knee; pants C have fly front, front, back darts and self-faced yoke, purchased belt.
Pattern Sizing: 4 to 20; I used a size 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow? You bet.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked this pattern because it was quick and easy. A nice pair of pants with clean lines. The design included a separate piece for the fly and the contour waist band are always a "like" for me. No dislikes.
Fabric Used: I purchased some spring/summer suiting from JoAnn's in a wheat and medium brown polyester during one of the sales this spring.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I did my usual crotch alterations: shorten the length and added more room to the body space of the pattern; swayback adjustment to the contoured waistband; and added about four inches to the length of the pants.
Back Pant Adjustment
Front Pant Adjustment
The pattern includes one inch seam allowances, but I was able to fit them perfectly with just my normal adjustments. So I sewed all seam at the one inch mark. For the waist I sewed one inch allowance on all seams.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. This is a wardrobe builder. You can easily add lining to the pant, and you can match them up with another cordinates. I matched them with S4076 and S2977. (Shoes not the best match for this combination. lol)
Conclusion: This is a wardrobe builder that is easy to fit and sew. The pattern has clean lines. You can wear knit tops over them or wear blouses tucked inside them.
Sometime this summer, I will make the jacket.
Parting shot: I wore my "Big" flower dress to church on Sunday.