The pants are styled after 1950’s cigarette pants, shades of Audrey Hepburn. But I keep thinking of the dance scene in ‘Pulp Fiction’ – Mia and Vincent doing the twist at Jack Rabbit Slims.
There’s a lot to love in this pattern: lots of versions in sizes 0 – 28, easy printing based on size and version, a great instruction booklet, including how-to’s for addressing fit issues – and the best waistband I’ve ever sewn on a slim pant.
So I redrafted them with an additional 4″ at the hem (basically the 30″ inseam + 2 more inches). Much better, this is the look I wanted…
- Sewed the size 14, plain vanilla – no pockets or front center seams.
- Used ponte knit from Girl Charlee. I love this fabric – it’s light, washes beautifully, and is so easy to sew.
- And I made only one change! It’s impossible to see on this print, but my first pair are a little close below the knee and the side seam wants to twist forward in that area. On the second pair I added 3/8″ to the front outside seam, from the knee down, which made them hang perfectly – fitted above the knee, straight below the knee.
Now, that incredible waistband – it’s slightly contoured and finishes at a little over 2″ wide (calls for 2″ elastic). And I love it.
And the second trick here is the design of the back rise – it rises. It looks funky on the pattern, but boy, it works. Normally I have to add 1.5″ to the back rise on my fitted knit pants. Not here – these fit and my pants stay up.
This morning I’m working on a pair in white cotton/spandex. It’s mid-weight at 10 oz. and has 4-way stretch. I like that additional stretch for this pants style – no baggy knees for this girl.