Vogue 9114 Kathryn Brenne ankle pants – what a blast!


Gosh, I love these pants! Funky!

This pattern from Kathryn Brenne is part of the new Vogue collection for summer 2015. And I missed the pants view repeatedly when I cruised the collection on Club BMV. The main view is a skirt, and I wasn’t interested. Finally, another look and my mouse-over flipped from the skirt to these pants. I didn’t expect pants to be in the pattern!

I’ve been looking for new pant styles for summer, as I’m a little tired of my typical loose linen pants from past years. My first find was the Pattern Fantastique Terra pant pattern I sewed last month – they’re great. And these new pants have something of the same vibe  and appeal – fresh, different, and fun.


Top – Cropped Grainline Studio Scout Tee
The pants were really interesting to sew and are not a one-day project. That gathered cuff treatment on the lower leg has 4 parts plus a tie! The cuff is two pieces, shell and lining. Basting the assembled cuff to the pants is much like setting a sleeve:
The two pieces comprising the balance of the lower leg are stitched together and sewn in with the cuff in one step. On the inside:
Sewing notes:
  • The pant leg is a bit voluminous, so I cut a size Small, redrafted to a Medium at the waistline. About 12″ of curing from waist to hip. It’s a good thing I used the Medium waist – it’s only 39″, which almost makes these wiggle pants for my 41.5″ hip.
  • I added 1″ the length of all the pant pieces, which gave me just enough for a 1″ hem.
  • Because I did not want to add bulk in the gathered waist, I drafted the top of the pants with a 2″ cut-on waistband. I simply finished the edge, turned it inside, and inserted 3/4″ elastic. The result is a very comfortable casing.


  • I am infatuated with the curved pockets from Vogue 8712 and used them again on these pants. They don’t try to flop backwards at all – floppy in-seam pockets make me a little crazy.
I’m so sorry my inside pics this morning are so grainy…blame the weather please. Plus red is a difficult color to photograph. The true color of the fabric, which Tango Red cotton/poly rodeo from JoAnns, is somewhere between all the views on this post. This is my first experience with rodeo fabric, and I really like it. It’s like a poplin, very tightly woven with an almost indiscernible horizontal twill. The weight is perfect for these pants –  just heavy enough to define those leg flourishes 🙂
Speaking of flourishes…the pattern has absolutely no instructions on how to gather and tie those cuffs. What an omission! So…First, I decided to use elastic inside the cuff, rather than the self-fabric tie that’s included in the pattern.


Then I made one tie, only 1/2″ wide. I used 1/2 of it for an attached loop at the edge of each cuff. It would be cute with a single knot, maybe later or on another version.

Check out those 2 pleats on the curve of the cuff – great stuff!
I have a couple more fabrics in mind for these pants – I’m so happy with them. Oh, I’m also wearing Madden Girl sandals, my idea of conservative gladiators…they don’t show on longer pants, so it’s fun to use them with these.
Bye for now! Coco


16 thoughts on “Vogue 9114 Kathryn Brenne ankle pants – what a blast!

  1. Thanks, Mary. Thought you would like these. You've done so many of the new collection already, I had to jump in there! Cerulean would be so pretty on you…


  2. Oh, I love those pants. When I seen yours I bought the pattern and some red fabric and I am going to make my version this weekend. These are a fun change from the same pants and capris that I make each summer. Like you, I would not consider making the skirt but the pants are great. Thanks so much for posting. You make beautiful clothes.


  3. What a fun pair of pants. They look great on you. I appreciate you mentioning the changes you made to slim them down and the description of the waist treatment.


  4. Thanks, Judi. I think they missed out in not featuring the pants on this pattern. V8584 – one of my TNTs! I've blogged it in the past, brown and white polka dots 🙂 I know you'll enjoy the pattern.


  5. Thanks! i was thinking Lagenlook as well, particularly in a linen blend. i love them. The skirt is really interesting on the tissue, and I think I'll use it with some changes, less radical folds!


  6. WOW! They are great! What a fun pattern. I saw it in the Vogue Patterns Magazine today and was initially drawn to the skirt – but your trousers have made me see the potential of that style as well. The pattern has been added to my list! Thanks! I having a real Lagenlook/Tina Givens phase right now, and these will fit right in! Oh, and the curved pockets – very cute (and maybe just a little 'Hobbitty'!


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