Beautiful day, perfect for my outré spring green pants!
I’ve loved this pattern ever since I first sewed it in February of 2018 (here, and the post has lots of notes on sewing these pants). My favorite style is view D, the wide-legged pants.
Unfortunately for me, I originally sewed a size 12, and it really was too big on me. After cinching my belt for a spell, I donated the first two pairs I made, and I ordered a new pattern last summer. This pair is size 10, and it’s perfect!
Some sewing notes:
- My fabric is a lovely Kaufman Essex linen in yarn-dyed jungle, actually a mix of yellow and forest green yarns. The Kaufman yarn-dyed linens are spectacular, they have just a bit of weight and crumple, and they do not wrinkle. The content is 55% linen, 45% cotton – so launder at least 2 times before cutting, as with any linen, until the dryer fluff diminishes.
- Speaking of laundering, I actually sewed these pants, all but the hem, and laundered them again. For a couple reasons: fabric tends to lengthen and stretch out during sewing, and I wanted to give the pants a last chance to shrink before I hemmed them.
- The pattern has a 6″ hem allowance! I removed 5” from hemline on my tissue, and used a 1.5″ hem.
- As on previous versions, I drafted a fly shield. Zippers can be so scratchy (my previous post has details on adding the fly shield).
- I also Added bar tacks on fly, these are not mentioned in pattern.
- And I used 6 belt carriers instead of the suggested 4, as I like one at center back and just off center front, the latter to keep a belt buckle in place.
- I think McCalls would have us think this is an ‘easy’ pattern, but I think would be a challenge for beginners – zipper, slant pockets, all those pleats, sizing, fitting…
The details are so pretty – here are a couple closeups of the waist/hip treatment:
Even with the fitted waist, hip, and flare to the legs, the back turned out really well, I’m pleased.