I'm having an awfully busy time at work and the heat wave (50 Celsius, 122F yesterday) is making me tired, irritable, unfocused and letargic :) Still, sewing relaxes me so much that I've tried sewing in small portions (like 1h30' every night) so I can still get something done. Those small portions are however difficult, because once I'm started, I get so involved in what I'm doing that I don't want to stop.
Made from the denim that came from TimmelFabrics, using Hot Patterns Artful Dodger Slouchy Man Pants.
I'm not sure I like them very much on me, but it's probably my fault too, I should try them on with a t-shirt and a belt and I might like them, but I was really very tired last night, plus I wanted you to see the waistband.
PR review copied here:
Slouchy-fit pants sit on the hips and have a classic waistband, with belt loops, front fly, and angled pockets. Pants feature front and back leg creases and turn-ups.
Slinky Girl 6-14. I made size 6.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, with the modifications I made. See pants flat front and back. See back of the pants with me wearing them.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't follow the instructions, especially since I prefer to use Sandra Betzina's technique for a fly-front zipper - see a video of this technique, if you want, here.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the classic shape of the pants, the wider leg (quite tendy right now), the turn-ups. The rise is a bit low however.
Stretch thin denim.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
First of all, I've raised the waist by 1.5 cm, the pants previously made from this pattern being a little low. I've also lowered the crotch for about 1 cm, change made at the last part of the crotch (the curved one that joins the inseam).
Using my Denim Diva Pipe Jeans pattern, I made rounded jean pockets in the front, the yoke in the back and one jean pocket in the back (thought that one pocket might be funkier than two). See a detail iof the front pockets, fly and wastband here.
See here a detail of the back yoke and pocket.
Obviously, there is no crease. Also, no turn-ups, just a wide hem (5.5 cm), with double topstitching (I haven't used a twin needle, but a normal one and sewed two rows of topstitching). See the hem here
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew it again. As you can see, this is a very versatile pattern that one can easily change. The first version of this pattern is a black wool office pant that I like and wear a lot. Now, this second version is more casual, in denim and with a slouchy relaxed look. I'm already thinking of making another wool pair and possibly some in linen too. I think the wide leg would drape quite nicely in linen.