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Patience-testing Pants

Added Jan 13, 2012

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






I think the best thing I can say about the experience of making these is I finished them. I love the way they look and the cut, but wow did I hate making them – I almost wanted to burn an effigy of the pattern I was using. Not sure how I planned to go about doing that, but that’s beside the point.

I’m not normally one to follow patterns, but I was wanting to learn how to make a proper pair of trousers with a zip fly, so off to Lincraft I went to buy – what I hoped would be – a straightforward pattern to teach me. So I bought Simplicity 2261. Wrong choice. I followed the pattern closely, but found it so badly written and confusing that I was constantly pulling things apart and redoing them. In the end I got out a pair of pants from my wardrobe, had a look at the fly on them, had a look at the pattern pieces I had, and all but taught myself what to do. So now I can do a zipper fly, with no thanks to the pattern I bought to teach me. But at least they’re done. And in future I can just use the pattern to cut out the pieces, and put it together myself.

And the pink stitching and button are a fun touch.

Material Notes

Drill cotton,2 inch zipper, 1 inch button




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Military

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    Jan 13, 2012, 08.29 PMby urbandon

    They look great. Pattern instructions just confuse most people- who writes them?!

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      Jan 15, 2012, 02.06 AMby pambox

      I sometimes wonder if they’ve translated them through five languages before publishing them!

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    Jan 13, 2012, 12.50 PMby skeeler

    Your pants turned out really well — and I love the button and topstitching…

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      Jan 15, 2012, 02.07 AMby pambox

      Thanks – I thought it made them just a little more interesting.

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    Jan 13, 2012, 11.29 AMby squirrellypoo

    I bet it feels good to finish them, but these look great! Good work on persevering to the end! Have you looked at the tutorials on this site for sewing fly front zippers? There’s also some trouser patterns on here where you can look at their instructions, too. Fly-front zippers are something that can be really confusing until you get the hang of them…

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      Jan 15, 2012, 02.03 AMby pambox

      No, I didn’t look at any of the tutorials on here. I wanted to have a basic and versatile trouser pattern and the one I bought fit the bill for that, just not for how to put it together. I’ll have to look at the tutorials on here for next time.

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