Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't deny they are comfortable. Perfect for a weekend afternoon at the skateboard park. Don't worry, I just watch and read the paper...or a sewing magazine if I am lucky enough to have one. I am so cool.
Reading some reviews of this pattern, it seemed that the sizing of this pattern runs rather large. However, I decided that, since I was using one-way stretch, rather than two-way, I should err on the side of caution and go with the size based on my measurements. I made a Medium. It turned out that I should have thrown caution to the wind. The reviews were right, these were too big. Next time I will cut an extra small (my pattern has XS, S and M). I took the side seams in around 2-3cm below the piping at the hip to mid calf. They could probably do with taking in further.
The other adjustments I would make next time would be to add at least 10cm to the length and cut the centre back about 3cm higher at the waist, tapering to the side seams. I am not terribly bootilicious, but the centre back dips at the waist, which is not ideal.
I quite like them though. The curved seams at the front are quite nice and the piping is ok. BTW, I added the piping using a sewing foot with grooves in the base. I aligned the piping into a groove, adjusted the needle position to sew where I wanted and it went on like a dream. I sewed it to one panel first, then placed the panels right side together. The piping could be easily felt through the top layer of fabric and still slotted into the groove in the sewing foot.
However, I'm not too sure about the curved seams and piping at the back. I had my first ever 'does my bum look big in this?' moment. So much so that I don't know if I can put the back view on the blog. Just look at the side for a minute while I decide.
Well, OK just a small picture of the back...but only have a very quick look.
Oh dear. A long, butt-covering coat is required with these I think. Still, they're good for relaxing and I do think I'll wear them a lot on casual days. I had thought I would make some printed skinny pants with this pattern, but now I'm not sure. I wonder if I could modify my well-fitting Jalie jeans pattern (made many times as skinny jeans) to close-fitting pants instead. I thought of changing the front fly to an invisible side zip. Has anyone done anything like this? Any tips greatly appreciated.