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Alice + Olivia pants

Added Dec 2, 2008

by emilykate

Melbourne, Austr...






I love wearing jeans for the comfort-factor, but at my work that’s only allowed on Fridays. I found this lightweight denim fabric on sale at Darn Cheap in Glen Huntly Rd, Glen Huntly and thought hmmm…. that might just scrape through for Monday-Thursday if I made a smartish, tailored pair of pants… I’d heard good things about the Alice + Olivia Vogue patterns so I grabbed a couple at the fabric store last time they had a sale and this is the first one I’ve tried. Welt-pockets were a new thing for me, and I had been warned that the instructions that came with the pattern were confusing so finding Nikkishell’s how-to was a huge relief. You should try it yourself- it’s so clear and concise and straightforward. I’m so pleased with how they turned out. If I’d stuffed them up the pants would have looked awful, so thanks Nikkishell! Now that I can do them I can see incorporating them into other projects in the future. One word of advice- if you’re putting these pockets at a position on the pants where they’re going to be over a curved area- like lower toward your bottom rather than higher toward the small of the back- you will want to have some sort of button-arrangement happening or they can be pushed open in a way that’s not very neat-looking. It took me a couple weeks to get these pants finished, not because they were hard or anything, just had no time to sew. But this weekend I finally got some time to myself and finished them off, and I wore them to work yesterday and got away with it. My boss even said she liked them :o)

Material Notes

Denim with a self-stripe. The weight is lighter than regular denim and is soft and drapey, but it’s heavier than chambray. For the contrast piping and welt pockets I used a plain-weave cotton with a red, white and blue toile-du-jouy type print.





Thanks JenniferElizabeth for taking the photos!

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    Jul 30, 2010, 04.51 AMby jaimesews

    I just picked up some denim-look linen blend and was looking for a stylish pants pattern – I LOVE these. Thanks for posting…

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    May 12, 2009, 09.20 AMby blueberrysal

    Yes, those pockets are utterly adorable.

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    May 8, 2009, 09.47 AMby ink

    Great pants! They are perfect on you! The front is so clean, no gaps and bunches and your butt is perffectttoh in them! Gorgeous! I need to try a pant! hmmm…………..

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    Dec 8, 2008, 07.12 AMby antigone

    Gorgeous, EmilyKate! I love the pockets!

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    Dec 8, 2008, 02.33 AMby lybu

    Absolutely beautiful pants. Perfect fit.

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    Dec 6, 2008, 01.47 PMby sonnenblume25


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    Dec 4, 2008, 07.18 AMby nenasew

    Love the cut of the pant. They fit you beautifully.

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    Dec 4, 2008, 04.21 AMby officebusybody

    I’m glad you got away with wearing them. They don’t look like denim at all. The welt pocket details look great (I have vogue patterns with welt pockets are I agree the instructions aren’t that good) and the style suits you. Now I feel ready to try welt pockets (again).

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    Dec 3, 2008, 09.18 PMby scrumptiousdelight

    Beautiful! the pockets look great!

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    Dec 3, 2008, 09.39 AMby TerezaSews

    this is great! I’m working on my first pair of Alice + Olivia jeans for work too. I’m so glad to see yours and the how-tos you used! Thanks!

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    Dec 3, 2008, 09.03 AMby carottesauvage

    Waow very cool! A touch of Jane B here… oh didudi du da

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    Dec 3, 2008, 12.38 AMby fordelis

    What a georgeous pants! Absolutely love them! :)

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    Dec 2, 2008, 03.46 PMby bola

    great pants!!

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    Dec 2, 2008, 03.30 PMby kallers

    I love these. You’ve motivated me…I just ordered this pattern!

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    Dec 2, 2008, 01.50 PMby mjb14

    Well done. They are extremely flattering on you and I adore the pink fabric in the pockets.

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    Dec 2, 2008, 12.25 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    love them and miss ya! these are FAB. good booty pants.

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    Dec 2, 2008, 10.52 AMby ichigogirl

    Beautiful details (well, not just the details…), I love the choice of fabric for the piping, it goes really well with the denim and makes them really special…

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    Dec 2, 2008, 10.41 AMby cathysews

    These look utterly brilliant …great job. Good advice re welts pockets, as I did in fact stuff up a pair of trousers earlier this year! These really suit and look really well made. Impressed!

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    Dec 2, 2008, 08.12 AMby nysister

    Nice! Great job!

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    Dec 2, 2008, 07.35 AMby polychromatin

    Perfect pants!

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    Dec 2, 2008, 07.22 AMby lunatepetal

    love these pants!

    they can be casual or formal.

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    Dec 2, 2008, 03.21 AMby justmica

    Wow!! Great pants and beautiful pics!!! Love the fabric too!! Wonderful job!!

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    Dec 2, 2008, 03.13 AMby anajan

    Well done, girl! Very neat job and they are so flattering on you. And, they do look as office trousers.

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    Dec 2, 2008, 02.48 AMby lalunanueva

    omg! they look great on you … and so perfectly done

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    Dec 2, 2008, 01.38 AMby sewella

    Exellent pants- again! I love the denim but especially the fabric you used for the pockets! It such a pitty that you are ‘restrained’ to wear your individual selection of clothes at work…

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    Dec 2, 2008, 12.57 AMby Angela Ashley Chiew

    Seriously hot stuff lady. I love that fabric too. Just on the weekend I was thinking ‘where can I get some decent lightweight denim’ and now I know. Great reviews too, I totally have to hunt down this pattern!

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    Dec 2, 2008, 12.24 AMby pink-umbrella

    What wonderful pants!! I really love the fabric in the pockets- they look great with the denim.

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    Dec 2, 2008, 12.17 AMby ghainskom

    Wow, they look great!

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    Dec 1, 2008, 11.31 PMby yoshimi

    These look great on you! I love the fabric you used, and it’s perfect for what you need!

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    Dec 1, 2008, 11.28 PMby erdronen

    they fit you perfectly! they also look very well made- great job! i love the fabric and the contrast trim!

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