When clothes don’t fit properly it can make you feel like there is something wrong with your body but the truth of the matter is that there is nothing wrong with your body.
Your body is Unique and Exceptional & Ready To Wear (RTW) can’t handle that!
While our bodies come in different shapes and sizes RTW clothes usually do not. RTW pieces are made to a standard set of measurements to accomodate mass production. And the same is true with sewing patterns (exception-custom ordered patterns), they are also drafted to a standard set of measurements.
That being said, when it comes to sewing, even a simple style can initially take a little extra time and effort to properly fit. Take these simple wide leg pants for example. There are only 3 pattern pieces but I had to make a test garment to ensure that the pants fit me.
As it turns out, the crotch was hanging too low in the back,and the waistline needed to be graded down on the side seams to a small/xtra small and I added 2 inches to the leg length.
Based on needed alterations and fabric choice an 1 – 2 hour project can turn into a half of day project. But it’s all so worth it, when the project turns out well.
Pattern Description: off the shoulder top and trousers! Loose fitting tops with an elasticised neckline and waist. Also features sleeve variations. The loose fitting, pull on trousers have an elasticised waist and pockets.
Pattern Sizing: XS – M
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I did not use them but these are super easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that the pants only have 3 pieces. Now that I have worked out the fit to my liking I plan to modify and use this pattern for all of my stretch fabric pull on wide leg pants. as a staple pattern.
Fabric Used: Olive Green Stretch Velvet from Fine Fabrics
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I raised the back crotch 1.5 inches because my pants pull down in the back seat area. I eliminated the pockets because I was using a clingy velvet and didnt want the bulk. I added 2 inches to the hem and left the edges raw because I don’t mine them like that. If I make another pair with intentions of hemming, I will add a couple more inches. I didn’t want a roll down casing, so I created a seperate casing for the elastic. I like that look better for these pants.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I only plan to sew 3 pant styles this year and this style and pattern made the cut.
Overall, I am really pleased with how these turned out.
How I Wore It
I paired my wide leg pants with a thrifted fitted Saks Fifth Avenue black wool sweater.
I added a Black Contemporary gridded statement necklace, stacked gold thin bangle bracelets and gold framed aviator sunnies.
I added a gold accented clutch and black pointed toe sling backs.