December 6, 2009


ANYTIME I venture into experimenting with a new pant pattern I have to make a muslin. I guess gone is the day when I can just look at a pattern's size and say "yes, this will work". That being said, I continue my search of the pant pattern that requires very few alterations. Since I have joined the new Month of Pants sew-a-long I've decided to give this slightly vintage Simplicity pattern a try. What constitutes Vintage anyway? I think I like this pattern because it has so few pieces (6 total), opposed to the last pants pattern I used that had almost 5 pieces just for the pockets. For me that just was not practical. I need as few pieces as possible, minimal alterations and a great fit. Is that too much to ask for???

I cut the pattern straight out of the envelope with only one change - increased the back seam allowance 1". I got that idea from using Simplicity 2700. I used a 5/8" seam when sewing it, so I guess that means that I added 1" to the back seam - right (There goes that math again!); baby's got back you know! This pattern was printed in 1978, and although it's multi-sized (included 3 sizes) there was no change or difference in the crouch curve printed on the pattern. I thought this was strange, but if it works - great.

I went ahead and put the zipper in this muslin and even pressed it after getting it together to get a better idea of how the pants would look.

I do hate trying to take pictures of myself, but hopefully they will help me determine if this pattern is a go or not by allowing me to look at different views of the fit. The pictures are awful but here goes.

All in all I think the fit is pretty good. I'm going to try it on again and sit around in it for a while to get more of a feel for them. I might take them in just a tad in the side and back seams. What do you think???????????? Yes or No? I will be pulling that David Coffin Pants book off the shelf for this.


  1. Anonymous12/06/2009

    Hi Faye,

    I think the pants fit okay but it's quite difficult to see from the small pictures. I'm wondering if you can link to a bigger picture, if possible.
    Finding a good pants pattern is hard but if you can get a pattern that fits well you can pretty much design any kind of pant you like from that one pattern.

  2. Hi!
    There is a giveaway on my blog.
    To participate click the link on the post "Ugg Boot giveaway"!

  3. Looks like you have a great pattern and did a good job on fit.

  4. Pants are often difficult to fit, so if you feel the fit on these pants is good, give yourself a reward. And also-enjoy wearing the pants!

  5. I'm not done my own pants yet so, I'm not really a good one to give advice. But I stopped tweaking the muslin once they felt comfy and wearable. Good luck with yours. I think they look good so far.

  6. Look's like you're off to a great start. I'm still afraid to attempt pants. I'd probably get one pair out of the sew-along. Good luck!

  7. The pants fit really well. Remember that when you're sewing them in fabric, it usually is a little thicker, so it may take up some of the extra room. I agree about taking pictures of yourself, I've pretty much given up, which is why my pictures are all on Vera these days.



Paying Homage to Black Pattern Designers...

...for years February has been set aside as a special time to learn about and recognize accomplishments of African Americans and other peopl...