I snatched this pattern up right after it was released, but sat on it for a bit. I wasn't sure they were really my style, or whether or not I was actually brave enough to make pants. Turns out I AM, but I'm still I little unsure about them. As a said, I'm not really a pants person.
Side note, I once wore pants to work (which I do occasionally) and a co-worker asked me what was wrong. "Are you sick today?" "No, why?" "Because you are wearing pants. You never wear pants. Something must be wrong..." I just feel weird in pants. Apparently I look weird, too.
ANYWAY, anecdotes aside, I made pants! These are delightfully soft polkadot chambray that I hoarded for about a year. I just couldn't figure out what to do with it! I think the fabric works really well with the loose, relaxed fit of these. It's comfortable and breathable and doesn't really touch my legs, which is awesome on a hot, sticky Chicago day.
The loose, relaxed factor kind of bugs me, though. I made zero adjustments to the fit, and followed the recommended size chart, but I feel like I definitely could have sized down and made a huge swayback adjustment. Something in my gut told me this was going to happen, but I was too scared (because--PANTS) to ignore the size chart. They have elastic in the waist, but I still have to wear a belt or they fall down continuously to my hips. I think part of the problem may be my proportionately thinner legs.
Side note #2: Do any other petite ladies have this problem? I feel like 99% of the time I look at the finished measurements to determine size, then size down one more to get a good fit. I know your hip measurement is your hip measurement regardless of your height, but I'm always pissed when I have lots of extra ease. Anyone else? Am I just crazy here?
|I SWEAR the pockets don't look so lumpy in real life, by the way. That one on the right there has something weird happening to it. Maybe it's my butt rejecting pockets.|
The instructions, as usual, were absolutely amazing, and I had zero WTF moments while constructing these, which was kind of a godsend since I had to do eleventy billion things I had never done before. One of the many reasons I love papercut so much.
|Need a reason to have people stare at you in a public place? No worries, have your fiancee take detail shots of your crotch. Works like a charm every time.|
ANYWAY, back to the pants. They're pants. I'm a little underwhelmed. I like them for pants, but I'm not quite sure how to style them, what to wear with them, or how I feel about how I look in them. I learned a LOT making them, and am proud of how they turned out for the most part. They've been through the wash once and are looking a little lumpy now (I'm looking at you, elastic and welts) but whatever. Instagram knows what those pockets used to look like.
They're ridiculously comfortable.
They're way cuter than yoga pants.
They're Sunday Morning Pants.
Pattern: Guise from Papercut Patterns
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Chambray
Adjustments: Shortened by 2 in, rolled up the legs instead of hemming (too long)