I've been drawn to this pattern since the first time I saw it - fits right in with my usual attraction to patterns that look oh-so-smashing on tall, willowy models, and, um, not-so-smashing on someone of my stature. Sometimes I decide I'll make it work anyway.
|The end result ~ Slimming? Not so much. Comfy? Absotively!|
Dress up or down? Yes and Yes. Easy to make? Another Yes!
All in all....a winner :)
|Just for fun, I tried to duplicate the pose this model made.|
Can't be done. Well, not by me anyway.
Go ahead. I dare you. Try it.
Other reviews all mentioned the MASSIVE ease around the hips, so I made up a quick muslin in a Medium - my waist & hips actually placed me in between a Med & Lg. The muslin was still too baggy, so I re-cut it in a Small, which felt fine.
A note about the length - the pattern is SHORT. REALLY short. I have short legs, & the length is just about right on me. Be forewarned before you cut!
There's not much to say about the pattern instructions or construction - it's really all pretty straightforward; instructions are thorough & easy to understand. I made some minor changes in the fit around the waist by leaving a smaller SA at the side seams, and also making the pleats a bit smaller - essentially making the waist about 1.5" wider. The waist is gathered in the back with two pieces of elastic. Fred made a note to add both elastic pieces at once through the two channels, which I did, using two large-eyed, blunt-nosed needles, like so:
The closure consists of 2 buttons, with buttonholes sewn into pleats on either side of CF.
A note about the pattern markings: don't worry about making all of them when you cut your fabric. It's nice to have the option to change your closure placements anyway, for a custom fit.
|Vintage buttons from stash.|
The waistband seam has an odd, wavy look here -
I think it was the way I was standing. It's not a badly sewn seam - really, honest!
I wanted the pants a bit on the long side, to be worn with heels (my version of a heel...which is not 4"...or even 3", for that matter). This leaves them a bit long for flats, but I'll wear them for awhile before making any changes.
(My shoulders are NOT that lopsided -
it's a downside of using the camera remote instead of a friend)
A fun, easy project - I would make them again if the right fabric for them jumped out at me :)
BTW, the blouse is Decades of Style Collar Perfection - (pre-blog - it's reviewed here on Pattern Review) - the second thing I made after re-entering the sewing world. Gosh, it's been almost two years now..... I struggled a lot with it, because of all of the alterations I attempted. It came out fine in the end, but I've come a long ways since then.
And now it's time to get back to Koos! The good news is that I've finally decided how I'm going to do the next step. I think......