I used a pattern for leggings as the basis of these pants. My logic for this choice was - my legs are thin, all pants patterns are too large in the legs, why not use skinny leggings to get a slim fit pant.
|Front and Back in one piece.|
As I did not want a tight legging look, I cut out a size bigger than my measurements would suggest. I also knew that polar fleece is quite thick and would take up a little bit of seam space. I also added 21/2 inches at the waist as these are designed to be low waisted. That does not work for me - things have a tendency to slide down my slender hips at the best of times without starting there in the first place.
As I have not sewn much with polar fleece - and my first attempt was a little hit and miss - I was not overly enthusiastic about being perfect with these pants. I also did not know how they would fit - and I did not want to make a muslin -- in fact couldn't as I didn't have the right material to do it with -- other than what I was using --which is cheap in any case. So I just quickly made them up.
As these were trial pants, I did not overlock or neaten the seams - polar fleece does not fray in any case, but I like things to look "finished" normally.
Then I tried them on:
Lovely fit around the tummy, bit baggy and slouchy around the legs, but I rather like that relaxed look - it sort of enforces the feeling that these are from relaxing and feeling comfortable in. I also wanted them quite long - slim pants tend to creep up when sitting down - and I don't want any chilly breezes around my ankles :)
Talking build, those of you who have been following the body shape guidelines - if you look at my back you can see I am an inverted triangle, very angular shoulders, and not much shape through waist and hip. I'm also borderline petite.
We have not discussed shoulder lines yet - but some people have straight shoulders and some sloped, and some rounded.
Okay, back to the garment - I inserted a piece of lace into the back of the pants, so I would know how to put them on - especially important when you are in a hurry at the end of the day.
These pants have elastic inserted into a fold over waistband. For those of you who are new to sewing, if you need to insert elastic into a fold over waistband, use a bodkin.
|Bodkin with Elastic threaded through|
Don't forget to hold onto the other end of the elastic while threading the first end through - I usually pin it down onto the seam allowance. Also, make sure the elastic doesn't twist while threading through.
I made a second pair of pants, and timed them - from cut to end sewing 60 minutes.
Next time I make these pants I will pay attention to finishing, because I do like a nice finish. So these will then take two hours to make.
But for now, these two pairs are fine, and I was thrilled to have something warm and snuggly to wear last night. I can't see the finish when I am wearing them.
Have a good day wherever you are,
Sarah Liz :)