Fancy Pants vol 1

This is a post that’s been a long time coming! Apologies to all those who saw the first posts of the year and thought,” Yay, there’ll be something each week now!” – yeah – sorry! But, nevermind, at least the sewing is happening, even if the recording and photoographing and reporting are on the tortoise side of slow! Without further ado, I’m kicking off the Fancy Pants January this year with the Worker Trousers from the Modern Sewing Company. I’d been after a new pair of trousers with a slightly rounded, cocoon shape for a while and settled on these after looking at the Shop Pants and comparing the two. In the end, the Worker Trousers won out and I purchased the PDF.

The slightly smug look of someone who rather likes her new jeans!

Starting in early December with this, I traced the 16 and 18, knowing I’d need the bigger size for the waistband, but that the smaller would be fine for the hip measurement. I toiled the 18 straight, and made adjustments from there. The waistband ended up staying 18, but the pants graded down to the 16 about 7cm or so down from the waistband. I made them up in a beautiful soft cotton twill in a light putty colour from Croft Mill Fabrics.

The fabric is perfect for these trousers, it has body but is soft and so yummy to wear. The zip and button are from the stash. On wearing them, I realised they were a bit too baggy for me. Also, the pockets are huge! I’d struggle to reach the bottom of them, with the result that if you put something small into these pockets, you will battle (if you have short arms) to get it out in a neat, ladylike way! Now I like a decent sized pocket, but these are just too deep. I’ve enlarged the seam allowance and probably ended up with going down to the 14 now in the outside leg seams, and I’ve adjusted the inside leg seam, taking in an extra 1cm. I’m much happier with the shape and fit now, so it was time to make another!

New Year’s Day was declared a sewing day! I took a length of denim out of the stash, bought from Clothspot when they closed down. I cut the waistband at 16 the legs at 14, grading from the hip to the wasitband to match the sizes. I also shortened the pocket by 5cm. It’s still generously sized, but not ridiculously deep. These adjustments have made the pants just perfect now, I love these pants and am wearing them on constant rotation!

The instructions are pretty clear, there’s plenty of hand holding if you haven’t made trousers before, but I wasn’t impressed with the zip instructions. I suppose I’m so used to the way Burda do their fly zips that the miriad of different ways the Indie pattern companies have to describe how to insert a fly zip bewilders me. I like a centre front line on my pattern, but, saying that, the zip does come together ok, just don’t use your bias binding to bind all the edges of the guard, etc and then still expect to do the snipping in the instructions. I didn’t do any snipping, just sewed a short seam on the crotch line first, then added the zipper and all its gubbins. It’s so much easier!

None-the-less, I like the neat insides with the binding, I cut up an old cotton shirt of Mr W’s for the pocket bags and the bindings, it’s soft and creates no bulk. On the subject of pockets, the back patch pockets are a good size too! I always end up popping my phone into the back pocket, so it’s nice to know it doesn’t fall on its side or stick out of the top.

So, will I be making more? I think so. I fancy a pair or two in linen for the summer, they’ll make a good addition to the wardrobe with the Teddy and Kew Pants. Unfortunately I don’t have photos of the beige pair (I’m lucky to have got these!), but I will endeavour to get some at some point, especially as I’ve made another pair of Fancy Pants and another have been cut out and are awaiting assembly as I type! I have three days of January left, no problem…..

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