One of my goals for 2016 was to make some more pants. Like, real pants that I can wear to work. I mean, my work is pretty casual, but I still like to look put together. So I had been brainstorming and sketching out the pants that I wanted to make and trying to figure out which patterns I could hack to make what I needed. The pants were a bit stretchy, with an easy pull on style and elastic waistband. They were slim through the thigh with a straight leg and had back welt pockets to dress them up a bit.
No kidding, this is exactly what I had sketched out and not a week later, I saw a testing call at Love Notions Patterns* for the exact pants pattern I was envisioning. So I signed up to test and got to make my pants. I made two pairs to far, but I plan to make several more so that I can wear them to work every day.
And now I get to share with you the Sabrina Slims*!
I made these out of a stretchy ponte fabric in a sophisticated charcoal gray that goes with everything. This fabric is has a really nice feel and texture to it, I wish I could find it again. I think I bought it from Mood Fabrics last fall, but I can't find it anymore, so maybe it's no longer available.
Because it's a simple elastic waist, These pants actually sew up really quickly. The instructions for the welt pockets make those easy to sew up too.
One of the things I enjoy about testing is that I learned a lot about fitting. Testers of all shapes and sizes sewed up samples of these pants and Tami, the designer, helped each person make theirs fabulous. She included instructions in the pattern for many common fit problems and alterations. As always, remember that it's a good idea to make a muslin first in case you need to make any changes.
I love these because they are so comfortable. I can wear these all day and not feel like taking them off as soon as I get home. :) I teach little ones at a preschool, so I need to be able to move easily and wash them easily. These fit the bill perfectly. The higher rise allows me to sit on the floor without worrying about what's showing in the back. The welt pockets not only give them a bit of sophistication, they also stash important items like my cell phone (it fits perfectly) or tissues and notes.
These pants are designed as an ankle length pant, but I have seen a lot of them lengthened to full length, and they still look great. The straight cut of the leg makes them easy to lengthen and I love that they look great either way. It makes them even more versatile. Since it's January, I left this pair a bit longer because my poor ankles were cold, but I wanted to show you how they look at ankle length also.
I am going to rock the ankle length this spring and summer. How chic would they look with heels and a flowy top?
Also worth noting is that the pdf pattern is trimless and uses layers, so you only need to print your size(s) and you don't have to cut anything. There is also a large format version if you prefer to print at a copy shop.
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