As I work through building up my wardrobe basics this year (and sewing through my fabulous fabric stash), I realized I am in need of some dress pants. I had purchased this pattern when It first came out and have finally gotten around to making them.
This is a PDF pattern that you can either tape together or print large size. There are two variations on the pants, one with front pockets and full length and one without the pockets and more of an ankle length. You can also make them with or without back welt pockets.
The adjustments I made to get these to fit were my usual for pants – a wedge & spread in the center back seam (full butt adjustment) and lengthening the center back seam about 1/4″ at the crotch.
I did not need to make a waistband adjustment (I usually don’t with dress pants). These were made using a ponte knit in a dark charcoal gray (similar to this). The pattern itself is designed for using stretch wovens, but I was determined to use what I already had. The pants have a really nice feel to them and the fabric choice means they are also warm.
This was my first time making back welt pockets. While these weren’t technically correct, they did seem to be even so I left them alone!
Next time, I want to try in a woven material (maybe stretch linen like this). And they will probably be without the back welts. Anyway, I would recommend this pattern. I think it give a nice fit and is fairly easy to make. The instructions are well illustrated and easy to understand.
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