Misses & Miss Petite Pants: Amazing Fit Collection
I would add - has tab waist and flared legs
14-22, slim, average and curvy. I cut a 16 average
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The fitting instructions are not helpful. This is definitely a muslin-making pattern. The sewing instructions are good but I like the fly zip instructions from my Butterick 5908 pattern much better. I also prefer to sew the side seams before sewing the crotch seam.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
They're great for work pants. The flared leg is a little wider than I'd probably normally buy in RTW but as long as the thighs are just grazing, it's a modern look.
I hate the 1" seams. I think it's a lot of excess fabric. I wish there were instructions on how to turn a good waistband, it takes A TON of patience to make sure you have it nice and square.
Next time I'll follow THESE directions from Notes From a Mad Housewife. Her corners are pretty sharp.
A polyester/wool blend from Fabric Mart, $2.40/yd
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I'd love to give credit where credit is due, but I can't remember which blog I read the tip on! If it's you...thanks!
My hips are about 43" so last time I cut a size 18 (finished hips 45"). I had to do so much to get them somewhat fitted how I'd like. The tip was to go down a size (I mean, you have FOUR inches of seam allowances at the side seams and cutting a smaller size will save you some fabric and hassle). So I cut a size 16 avg (finished hip of 43"). I sewed the inseam at 5/8", the side seams at 3/4" and the crotch seam at 5/8".
I left off the bias tape on the waistband facing and also sewed the pockets shut. I don't like those slash pockets I've discovered. Next time I'll cut the front as one and leave off the pockets. (I'd like to try the Thurlow front pockets).
I reduced the center front length by 1.5". Yes. lol. I did a wedge that tapered to nothing at the side seam, the overlap was 3/4". I have a very, very short front crotch length.
I also added 1" to the length (and I'm ONLY 5'5"). Last time I had barely 5/8" to hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will be making these for sure. I think they'll be my TNT. I **LOVE** these.
If you are confident enough to IGNORE their fitting directions and willing to work through a muslin or two, you should try it!
I will be making another pair for my "black" mini capsule and am thinking I have to make them in red, with belt carriers.
Now, I am making a face and my CB seam isn't perfect. Why you ask? These pants were a labor of love. I muslined them in August and then I got sick and didn't sew anything the entire month of September. I realized I tossed the muslin. I THREW THEM AWAY. So I ended up basting and unpicking seams 3 or 4 times because I couldn't remember the details. Never do this. Okay?
Then, I accidentally cut off my fly! YES! lol!! I had about 3/8" of fabric on the pants front and was able to cut a new fly and sew it in place. Then today, while I was working on finishing them up, I realized that I had serged the back leg when finishing the seams. I pulled out my seam ripper and got going on that section. Well...I ripped a big ole hole in the pants. Like 3" long.
The top of the cut was near the seam line but the bottom was 1" away from the seam line. I nearly cried. I went ahead and haphazardly finished the pants. I didn't understitch the waistband. I didn't add the bias tape, I just wanted to get them "done" so I could take pics and tell of my mistake. After seeing the pics I was in awe of the fit and in love with the pants and well...the hole isn't horribly noticeable from the front or back so for now, it is fused together with black fusible. I just love the fabric too much to toss them
I had these lines on my butt last time too. I think it's a dart issue, we'll see. It doesn't bother me enough to work too hard to try to fix it. LOL!
I'll add hook & eyes when I'm less tired.
She caught me doing something weird.
I put my review first because I'm exhausted. I can't even tell this story again. Also, it just took me like 20 minutes to post my review. My pics are being weird and I accidentally closed Safari mid update and yeah...I think I'm done sewing for today. And I REALLY wanted to start Butterick 5678 but a sista is tired, y'all.