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Spring Pencil Pants

Added Mar 16, 2013

by balllisaann

Seattle, Washing...






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. :(




Garment Type
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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