You guys, I made pantssssssss!! Finally. I need pants so bad in my wardrobe, I am down to one pair of jeans, and no other pants that I actually wear much. So I have been wearing a lot of skirts and dresses lately! I wanted a relatively easy pattern for my first pair, so I picked the Colette Juniper pants. Fitted up top, wide legs, and the pattern is marked “beginner”. Perfect! Or not. I think the only thing I didn’t re-draft on this pattern was the legs. Let’s take a look!
I am pretty happy with how they turned out, but obviously not too thrilled with the pattern itself. Now, don’t get me wrong- I think Colette patterns are beautifully presented and seem to work out great for a lot of people, I just don’t think they work well for me without a lot of changes. But I’ve definitely learned a lot about fitting in the process, which is awesome and will be super helpful for future projects. I’ll give you a run down of the changes: I drafted a new waistband (loosely based on the Sewaholic Thurlow pattern) because the original was soooo curved that it fit at the bottom of the waistband but was way too tight at the top. To be fair, my waist measurement is usually 2 sizes bigger than my hip measurement. I read somewhere that you should pick your pant size based on your hip measurement, and adjust the waist as needed, which I think works well and that is what I did here. Using a waistband like the Thurlow pants puts the seam in the back, which allows you to make adjustments easily. Me likey. I used the fly front pieces from the Thurlow pattern because I didn’t care for the way it was done in this pattern. I drafted new pockets (based on the Thurlow pattern…I probably should have just made some Thurlow pants!!) because these pockets were of the ginormous oval shaped variety, and not really anchored to anything except where they are sewn in at the top-they seemed like they would bunch up and move around and I don’t really need pockets THAT big. I had to add to the crotch length and depth on the back pattern piece (apparently my bum is too big for Colette patterns…whaaa? I mean, I don’t think my backside is tiny, ahem, but I thought these patterns were drafted for curvy gals??) Here is the uh…back view:The fit is great now, but when I made the first muslin these pants were giving me a serious wedgie.
I don’t think I will make them again anytime soon, I am a little burned out on this pattern after 3 muslins and all those changes. I am trying not to hold a grudge against my poor pants because I actually really like them! The fabric is a nice lightweight hemp/organic cotton blend that wears a lot like linen without the crazy wrinkling. They are the perfect weight for summer.
I think my next pants project will be the Thurlow pattern (since I pretty much made the whole top part of these based on that pattern anyway!) I made some Thurlow shorts once upon a time, and other than picking the wrong size they went pretty well (you can check them out in my Flickr photostream if you like). I have a bunch of stretch denim in my stash and really want to work my way into some jeans sewing, but I figured I would try out a few pairs of trousers and shorts first, just to get a good feel for fitting pants and sewing fly fronts and all that. What pants have you all made? Any great jeans pattern recommendations?