Pattern Description: “MISSES’ PANTS: Semi-fitted, tapered pants (below waist) have contour waistband, side front pockets, side back seams, mock fly zipper and hook & eye closure. A: edgestitched crease.” I made view A, without the edgestitched crease.
Sizing: 6-22. I made a 12
Fabric Used: Italian Stretch Denim – Dark Indigo, from Gorgeous Fabrics (naturellement). For the waistline facing and pockets, I used stretch cotton from Androsia in the Bahamas that I bought about 10 years ago.
Needle/Notions Used: Universal 80/12 needle. Gütterman thread, two trouser hook/eyes.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes.
How were the instructions? They were fine. This is a pretty well-drafted pattern, and it goes together without any difficulty.
Construction Notes: I’ve noticed that the McCalls pattern family sizes seem to run pretty big these days. By my measurements, I should be a size 14, but I made a 12, and I still had to take in a solid inch at the center back waist:
I decided not to interface the waistband, since the denim already has good body to it. I also understitched the waistband facing to keep it in place.
I changed the crotch curve from the standard McCalls “J” curve to an “L”, which fits me much better and eliminates baggy butt.
I made a fly stitching template using a scrap of pattern paper.
I double-stitched the fly, to give it a little more contrast. Since I used matching thread, rather than contrast, I thought that would add a nice touch. It’s not really visible from the front, so here’s a shot of the wrong side:
Likes/Dislikes: I really like the design lines at the side seam and back. It’s a very interesting pattern for that.
What did I dislike?
Hobbit pants. Seriously, if I had hairy feet I would look like I belong at Bag End. I’ve always claimed that capri’s are a crime against humanity, and this does nothing to change my opinion. Don’t ask me what compelled me to give them a shot; I’ll claim temporary insanity. Pity – the pattern has good bones. I’ll cut these down to shorts length and wear them for summer.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I might make the longer pants. I would not make capri length again. Evah. But I do like this pattern. As I say, I’ll salvage these by turning them into shorts.
Conclusion: A nice pattern with good lines.