I spent a lot of hours (and yards of fabric) sewing pants last year and at the end of all that work I had one semi-wearable pair of pants. I have to be honest though: since then, they have spent a lot of time in my closet, and not a lot of time on my body. They are not the pants I reach for. The vintage pattern I used was for non-stretch wovens, so the are stretch-free and not as comfortable as my ready to wear pants. Overall, I was proud to have made wearable pants, but knew I could do better.
Enter: Gertie's pants pattern for Butterick. This isn't a new pattern; I bought it when it came out a few years ago. I'm definitely less precious with my new patterns--I cut them up and everything. Sorry, sewers a half-century from now! This pair was a trial but I think they look pretty good though! These might be a little tight for some people, but this is how I like to wear my pants--I usually wear them with boxier tops to balance it out.
I eliminated the pockets and moved the zip to the side to match my vintage patterns. I also did a lapped zipper, and lengthened them to be more of an ankle length. I would like them to be long enough to wear with boots, and we can wear "crop pants" but not "capris" at work. yayyy dress codessss
Things I really liked about this pattern:
- The fit was really good for me. My only modification so far was to scoop out the front curve. I have never said the word "cameltoe" in my life until the past week when I said it about 50 times. (The things sewists talk about, y'all. Honestly!) The good fit is probably mostly due to negative ease, however, I can't give stretchy fabric all the credit since I know Colette's Clovers are stretch and people hate fitting them.
- What kind of pants pattern tells you to use either stretch or non-stretch fabrics??? This seems crazy to me. They are totally different.
- Do not go by body measurements! Especially since they say you can use stretch or non-stretch wovens, you should definitely go by completed garment measurements. I already complained about this on facebook and twitter but my measurements put me in a 14, and I made an 8. An eight. If I made it with non-stretch fabric, I would make a 12 maybe.
ps: i spent most of this photoshoot looking like this as the puppy ran all over the place. ALSO i discovered as i got in the car that there are two little holes in my pants where he jumped on me and his little claws got me! so, RIP new pants, i guess.