1/23/08


Pattern Description: Kwik Sew Pattern 3385, consisting of misses fitted pants with wide legs, a front fly zipper, and a low-cut waist & Tweed Slack Template.

Pattern Sizing: XS, S, M, L, XL

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy enough.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the style of the slacks and the easy instructions for assembling the pattern pieces.

Fabric Used: Grey Cotton-Stretch Twill (95% Cotton, 5% Spandex)

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Let me share a quick story. I’d purchased Tweed slacks about a month or two ago. Decided to wear them to work, I will admit I noticed the fabric content consisted of 40% wool, 59% Rayon, 1% spandex, plus no lining. Well, I was so smitten with the slacks, which were fitted with wide legs and a low waist, that I didn’t give a second thought to the fact that there was no lining.. So I pranced off to work and immediately the dreadful itching started, and there I was doing the little itch twitch dance and it just magnified 10 fold after that. Lets just say, I had a very itchy day at work, and ended up purchasing slacks at The Loft to get through the rest of the day…lol

Once I’d arrived home I couldn’t trash them and decided to take apart the slacks and use it as a template. I had already cut the Kwik Sew 3385 pattern pieces and the fabric, and figured what a great way to tweak the fabric against the tweed slack template. I immediately noticed that the Kwik Sew pattern was a tad bit bigger and the legs were too wide. I trimmed the fabric pieces according to the Tweed slack template and proceeded to assemble the slacks according to the Kwik Sew instructions. I ended up removing at least 5/8 from the legs and just a smidgen from the waist. Keeping in mind seam allowances.

Also, I had to shorten the zipper to 6” from 7”. I wrangled with the extended facing on the slacks wherein I didn’t use the fly front from the Kwik sew pattern. The extended facing was used as the fly front, and in the process ended up with the fly front lapping left over right, when it should have been right over left. Front w/o button and Back views.

Conclusion: I have some gaposis at the center back, which I need to learn how to avoid and the front tab isn’t straight, but overall I really like the way the pants fit.

13 comments:

Adrienne said...

Very cute!

gold said...

Nice job! They look cute on you.

Deborah said...

girl, you bad!

Lashell said...

Great job. The pants look great. Did you ever think of putting a lining in the template pants?

KimT said...

the pants look great. Very professional!

Robin said...

Those turned out really well! Thanks for the tip on the lining. I like that these come in S,M,L sizes instead of actual sizes. I will look for this pattern!

Knitaholictoo said...

Wow they look great anyway! Had to laugh at the itch experience though, sorry. OM goodness! Great idea to use the pant as a pattern! Still laughing...

Mary Sarah said...

Those pants look great on you! Love how you used the tweed pants for pattern fitting! Way smart!

Cheryl Wray said...

You seamstresses just amaze me!!! They turned out really cute!!!

Lesalicious said...

Cute love the pants great job.:)

del said...

The slacks look great, especially with that outfit. Great job!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You are fearless! You are pushing the boundaries and learning a lot about sewing. I am sure that if you check one of the sewing books it will resolve your waistline issues with your pants. However, these are a fantastic first pair!

Tany said...

They look quite beautiful on you!