I think that, every once in a while, one hits on a pattern that just works – it feels right, looks right, is interesting, unique, and fun to sew. I’ve had such a good time the past 3 days, sewing this funky muslin of the Terra Pants.
It was hard to find any pics of these pants. I found a couple that weren’t very telling, so I decided to just give it a go and hope I didn’t end up looking bow-legged and drowned.
Actually, they’re really cute, extremely comfortable, and, yes, a little bow-legged. They also fit incredibly well! I love the narrow look at the waist that is accentuated by the fuller cut going down. And I think the cropped length provides a perfect balance.
It’s so hard to see any details with all these dots, but here are a couple closer looks at the waist area. A nice wide waistband, chunky belt loops (a narrow loop pattern is included as well), and an open pleat on each side…
The slant pockets are structured, bagged, and sewn like those on a man’s trouser – I think they’re lovely and by far the nicest draft I’ve ever sewn.
A couple sewing notes:
- I sewed the size 12. Nita-Jane and Ben, the designers/pattern makers, advise a smaller size to lift the waist and achieve a slimmer look. And a larger one for a more relaxed look, with a slouchy dropped front waistline.
- I split the waistband at the center back (as on a trouser) and sewed the center back seam last, after attaching the waistband. This is a great way to keep the door open for backside and waist adjustments.
|Center back just prior to closing it up.|
- I had to redo the zipper insertion completely. The seam allowance in the crotch is only 1cm, and the instructions just
can’tdon’t set the zipper back far enough to hide it. Being a good sport, I first sewed the zipper using the instructions…then took it out, added width to the seam with a folded band, and redid the insertion. Ah. Won’t do that again – I’ll be using a 5/8″ allowance for both the back and front crotch seams in the future.
If you need help with the zipper – Jen, at Grainline Studio, has a great tutorial as part of her Maritime Shorts sew-along. Note: please increase your crotch seam allowance to 5/8″ before you cut your fabric!
- And I used a hook-and-bar closure at the waist, instead of a button. Buttons under a belt buckle make me nutsy.
- The instructions. The drawings are great and the text is awful 🙂 If you have experience sewing trousers, you won’t have any problems. If not, prepare to read carefully and perhaps back up your understanding with a google for more info.