Spring Pencil Pants

Added Mar 16, 2013

by balllisaann

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Description

I’ll make these pencil pants again, but am not going to mess around with the front zipper and will instead go for the invisible side zipper. I stared and stared at the directions on how to put in the front zipper and looked up techniques but couldn’t figure it out. I kinda wanted a side zip anyways. I might shorten the zipper since it ends at the widest part of my hips and sticks ou a bit.

Next time I make these, I’ll also add more height to the back waist. When I sit down, the back waist pulls down. To make more room in the crotch area (deeper) I had to use a 1/4" seam allowance, and then 5/8" for the sides of the crotch. I also added a second set of darts in the back to cinch the waist down a bit.

Any advice on the pulling in the front or bumm lines in the back? I’m new and am trying to wrap my head around what to adjust.

Material Notes

I used STRETCH DENIM for this project: http://www.joann.com/fashion-denim-7-oz-printed-stretchdenim-multi-floral/zprd_12035218a/

I have since tried to make these pants out of a non-stretch denim and I couldn’t move. I tried letting the seam allowance out, but still can’t sit down. :(

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

Season
Spring
For
Women
Garment Type
Pants
Style
Casual
Material
Cotton, Denim

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    Mar 16, 2013, 10.47 PMby schnui

    I really like these pants that you have sewn and the fit looks good. But I do know what you mean when it pulls down at the back and it is so annoying. I know that after I had children and I was still fairly slim, pants seemed to fit wrongly on me. A good friend who is a wonderful dressmaker, advised me to add 5/8" or 1.5cm to the front inside leg seam at the top (the crotch area). At the 5/8" at the top and gradually taper the line down for about 6". If you have a favourite pair of pants that fit perfectly, have a look at the depth of the front crotch area and this may help. In Australia, we have a label called Sportscraft, and they make the crotch area this same measurement and I have no pulling down at the back with their pants. I think after you have children, our tummy area changes even though you can be as slim as a pin. I hope all this makes sense.

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      Mar 17, 2013, 04.04 AMby balllisaann

      That is good advice. It works with what I did. I made them a size 38 on the outside and 40 on the inside.

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    Mar 16, 2013, 09.23 PMby balllisaann

    Joann Fabric. It’s a stretch denim. It was on sale for $8.99 per yard. http://www.joann.com/fashion-denim-7-oz-printed-stretchdenim-multi-floral/zprd_12035218a/

    I do love that this pattern only calls for 1 1/2 yards, and one could get away with only 1 1/4. Now I can make a matching purse. :)

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    Mar 16, 2013, 08.59 PMby kah

    I love your fabric choice! I am not terribly skilled at pants adjustments but I think those wrinkles are caused by needy to make adjustments to the pattern based on your crotch length.

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      Mar 17, 2013, 04.37 AMby balllisaann

      Oh hey! I didn’t recognize you with the sunglasses. I think we grew up next door to each other. :) I had to do a major search to find you tonight from Facebook to your blog, then your blog entries to see if you have a Burda account, and now I see you found me, but I didn’t put it together who kah is.

      Great to see you!

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