I've been sewing for about three and a half years, and didn't really even try pants until this year. I wanted to try sooner, but became intimidated when I saw Facebook posts about fit issues, how to adjust patterns, what kinds of fabric worked best, etc. There is so much to take into account when you want sew pants! I got my courage up earlier this year to make my first pair of jeans, and I'm glad I did, because although they are nowhere near perfect, they gave me the courage to try all sorts of new things. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? I think this applies to life AND sewing too! 😉
I honestly don't have that many pairs of pants. I have pants that are YEARS old. Like from WAY before Daniel was born, and then I've got jeans and leggings I've bought since he was born, but the jeans are even getting worn out. Story of a stay at home mama. I just didn't feel like I could justify buying a lot of pants since I'm not working, and since I started sewing, I've gotten REALLY, REALLY picky about fit. Yeah, if they don't fit correctly, they're not worth the $50-$70 to me, and it's really hard to get a perfect fit in store-bought pants.
Then several weeks ago, I saw this beautiful olive green twill fabric on sale at my local Joann's Fabrics. Do you know it was on sale for 70% off because it was labeled as a "summer fabric?" Well, I was smart enough to know that it's a year-round color, so I purchased two yards for about $10 and held it, waiting for the right pattern to come along. And... it did! Meet the "Hepburn Pants."
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it when I saw the tester call for the Wardrobe By Me Hepburn Pants! Straight or wide leg options, zip fly, back welt pockets, belt loops; it's the ultimate trouser pattern. Make them in a nice wool blend, stretch twill or suiting, and you've got the perfect work pants. Make them in a comfy double knit and you've got some comfy pants that look oh-so-classy. Use stretch denim or corduroy and they're perfect for everyday, but still have those little details that set them apart from your regular jeans. See... the ultimate pattern! They can be perfect for whatever you are looking for.
About the Pattern:
This pattern truly is wonderful. It's perfect for a wide array of fabric types. The fabric you use must have a little stretch, however. You can sew either straight or wide leg pants. There are front slant pockets, back welt pockets, belt loops, front fly, and a contoured waistband included in this pattern. You will find wonderful instructions with helpful drawings to get you through every step. The pattern is rated for an intermediate sewist.
|Look at those welt pockets! 😍|
|Image is line drawing from the Wardrobe by Me Website|
As I mentioned, I found this twill at Joann's Fabrics for about $5/ yard. It has a small amount of spandex, so is perfect for this pattern. I made a size 6 based on my waist and hip measurements. The fit is perfect. My pants were made using the wide leg version, but I'm looking forward to sewing up another pair with straight legs!
Quick Overview of the Pattern:
- back welt pockets
- front slant pockets
- front zipper fly
- belt loops
- two views (wide leg or regular/straight leg)
- contoured waistband with button closure
- suitable for woven, bottom-weight fabrics with a bit of stretch or double knits
- excellent instructions with drawings to explain every step
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