Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Patrones pants

As said in a previous post, I really need some new pants and I managed to get three cut. And instead of sewing the most easy one first, which I originally wanted to do, I started sewing on the most complicated one. That's the Patrones pattern. As in BWOF the pictures just don't show the details clearly. I would think you want to see the single welt and the detail in the back, but a large belt hides these details in the magazine pictures.

For me this is the most complicated because it has
a. Single welt pockets
b. I've never made a Patrones pattern before.

The single welt pockets are not so difficult, but just a little more work than any other pocket.
Though the pattern seems quite in line with BWOF pants, (laid the pattern pieces on top of a TNT Burda pants) I cut with large seam allowances and traced the seamlines like I always do with tracing paper.

Other changes
  • The back yoke (?) I made smaller at the waist by folding the pattern piece together. I took the BWOF pants and took out the space that I had in darts there.
  • Made the side seams a bit straighter than the pattern, just personal preference.
Then I put together the pants yesterday evening with the largest straight stitch possible on my sewing machine.

The result is encouraging. Great fit (not bad it's a stretch fabric) and the only thing that needs alteration is making the waist a bit smaller in the front and attach the waistband a bit higher. The last is only for my own comfort, I just don't like low waistlines on me. Don't know if you can see it in the picture, but the waistline is also machine basted in a lighter color. The uneven part on my right side is the pocket facing, that still extends above the waist. I hadn't even finished the pocket insides when this picture was taken. The wrinkles are from sitting behind my desk in a too much time consuming effort to re-establish the internet connection for DH, who liked my pants very much.


  1. I have to start out with you are so knowledgable. And seeing that you are able to sew this well gives me hope that I could be a 10th as good.
    The question is, considering you are making pants now, how would you make the waist band on a pair of already purchased pants smaller?
    It was my mistake, I saw that one of my favorite stores had pants on sale for $7.00. Too good a deal to pass up. Well I was in a hurry and bought the normal size that I wear without trying them on?? Well I obviously have lost some weight so I know have 5 pairs of pants that are atleast 2 inches to wide in the waist band and the hip area? Is there an easy way to fix these without taking them to a tailor?
    Thank you and I will keep coming back for your inspiration.

  2. Not too bad at all - the fit seems really good! The style seems pretty versatile, so I'm sure you'll get a lot of wear out of them.

  3. This is good to know! Burda pants fit me very well and I have never tried the Patrones pant patterns, but now I know the fit is similar! You are doing a wonderful job! Those pants look great on you!

  4. Great fit, Sigrid! Can't wait to see them done and the single welt pockets