11/25/11

Denim & Double Knit w/ Simplicity 4273

Simplicity 4273 Easy Chic Separates: Jacket, Dress/Top, Pants  Skirt

Really.... really like the style of these pants, the side zipper factor and also its easier to install than a fly front  & zipper shield, but most importantly, I like the smooth finish at the center front.  I first made the pants back in March to pair with a jacket and then again in April, again to pair with another jacket that remains a UFO.... ummm lets not talk about my attempt at a suit a month....ok... movng right along...lol

The fit of the pants after 2 tries was at 80% and felt more tweaking was necessary to achieve 100% fit before it could be considered a TnT.   Initially the pattern pieces were altered using my rtw pants back in March wherein the pattern piece was altered to adjust the waist-line to crotch-line.  However, I noticed that the pants was too full in the hip/thigh area and the second time around & after viewing Palmer/Pletch's Jeans for Real People DvD, I learned to remove excess fabric from the hip/thigh area and grading back into the side seam for a closer fit. 

Talking to my Dear Sewing Buddies Andrea & Cennetta, we ended up discussing how similar our body shapes were in that we are narrow through the hip/thigh area as well as short in the waist-line to crotch-line area.  It was enlightening to hear their modifications and gave me food for thought on how to make further adjustments on my third attempt of S4273.  The additional alterations that I needed to get 100% fit was additional shortening of the waist-line to crotch-line area, pinching out more from the inseam & outside seam between the hip/thigh area and taking deeper back darts.  The pinching from each of the areas was between 1/8" - 1/4", nothing drastic, but made a major difference. 


I believe I have achieved the right pant fit with S4273.  The third pair was done in a lt-weight denim with one-way stretch and must say the pants fit so well and comfortable that they were worn twice in one week.... yeah I know TMI.


S4273 w/ New Look 6901 & a cardigan from the Loft


A few close-up pics... all of the seams were serged.

I love plain & simple garments....

so much so that I had to make another pair of pants. The fourth time around I used an olive double knit.  I figured, if I could make dresses in double knit, why not pants and immediately images of Wilona of Good Times parading around in her double knit outfits popped into my head.  With those images, I began thinking back to my days of watching Good Times and the reason I love the show...  to see what Wilona was wearing that day....lol

The pants are completed and love the fit.  I used the remaining fabric to make McCalls 5978 which is still a work in progress and thought I'd share a quick pic of my Wilona outfit.


until then, 
Hoping All had a Beautiful Thanksgiving and looking forward to a weekend of leftovers.

20 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Getting a well-fitted pants pattern is a major sewing triumph, so congratulations on that! Both the denim and double knit versions are great on you. I know we will see more of these soon!

Opal said...

Good work! I especially love the double knit outfit.

Melodye said...

Not Wilona!

SEWN said...

Gorgeous fit. You really nailed it. Love the pants!

Victoria said...

The fit on those pants is exceptional! Nice job! Both pants are great. The double knit one was a good idea too.
It's nice to know if you keep at it you can tweak it just right. I'm trying to achieve a perfect fitting pant and will keep at it. My challenge is I'm short waisted too but my rear is high in the back a bit. So the back curve has to be just right.

Joyce in NC said...

Very nice job on both pairs of your new pants. I've been recently working on perfecting a pants TNT pattern. I hope to post my new pants soon.

Mary said...

Those are so good looking on you. I like both versions, and especially the crisp denim. I have a secret crush on double knit, and the Good Times clip made me smile.

Anonymous said...

Love both outfits!

Faye Lewis said...

Your pants look wonderful!

MAD14kt said...

Great work, Sheila Baby!!! I will contact you when I feel better :)

Mary Sarah said...

The pants look great! The jacket with the pants looks fantastic too! Way to go!!

Carol said...

Oh, yes, you've got the fit right, they look fantastic! I really need to get to grips with a proper fitting pants pattern, but I keep avoiding it. Both outfits are gorgeous.

velosewer said...

Great work on the pants. They look great. And I love leftovers...

Irene said...

The pants look great! It definitely is worth the effort to get a wonderfully fitted pair of pants.

L said...

Chile, your pants look dy-na-mite!

AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

Trouser jeans, yes!! Love them. The fit is great!

Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...

Really nice job

Handmade said...

You look amazing as always.

del said...

Wilona, omg...haven't heard that name in forever! The outfit looks great. I loved me some Good Times, too.

MushyWear said...

I missed this post! Your pants look fantastic. I think it's funny it took us both two tries to get the fit right on this pattern. But I feel like you, now I have a pair I love and will make again. I like the look of the double knit too.