September 5, 2013

I have been wanting to make some pleated pants for awhile after falling in love with these.  For awhile I  was trying to alter a pattern, but I started loosing interest after awhile.  Then Tessuti released this pattern and I ordered the pattern immediately.  I knew that I would tweak them, but they were so close to what I wanted that it seemed like a no brainer.  I feel like these pants are going to be a wardrobe staple this fall.  Hooray for trendy pants that feel like pajamas!
Here are some closeups of the waistband so that you can see what I am talking about.

Pattern: Tessuti Fabrics Suzy Pant

Materials Used: Drapey Polyester from Joanns

Sizing: I made the small and it worked well.

Changes Made: I wanted to make them look like these inspiration pants so I changed the waistband a bit.  Instead of inserting a small elastic I cut doubles of the waistband pieces and inserted a 2 inch elastic to just the back waistband and left the from panel flat (and added interfacing) so that I could tuck it in if I wanted.  I also pegged the legs a bit more.

The Good:  LOVE these pants.  The hand drawn pattern is precise and goes together smoothly.  They seriously took me a couple of hours to sew up once I got the pattern taped and cut out.  Exactly what I would expect from a Tessuti pattern – sophisticated and effortless at the same time.

The Bad: Really nothing.  Such an easy pattern with great results.  I think the key to these pants is to make them out of a flowey fabric otherwise they are going to be pretty ballooney around the waistline with the pleating.

Conclusion:  I will be making up another pair as soon as I find some fabric.  The most comfortable pants I own, and right on trend.


Guys, Tessuti has offered to give one of you lucky readers a Tessuti Suzy Pant pattern!  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post.  Make sure I can find some contact info for you through your profile, blog, or comment.  The giveaway will end at midnight Sunday night and be announced on Monday.

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  • Reply beautifulshell September 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    So, I never would have thought I’d be wanting pegged or pleated pants, but these look like pretty much the most comfortable things ever. Want!

  • Reply Meg September 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Omg thanks for sharing – I am now in love with the easy pleat pant! I have recently purchased Vogue 8909 for the bottom of a jumpsuit, but now I’m thinking of making these pants as well!

  • Reply lisa g. September 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    i love these pants! i’ve been thinking to make something very similar. which is funny, because pleated tapered pants are something i abhorred in the 90s… funny how it’s trendy now!

  • Reply Michelle September 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    OooO! If I don’t win this pattern, I am going to buy it! Either way, I need to make some of these pants!

  • Reply Meigan September 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I would love to try Style Arc Pants! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • Reply Susan September 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Love these. I saw remember pleated pants and how comfy they were (back in the 80s and I was a teenager) perhaps it would help me relive my youth! And I think they would be great for travelling too. Susan

  • Reply Sarah September 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Yours look so comfy yet stylish and I love your changes to the pattern! Count me out of the giveaway, I already have a similar pattern in my stash.

  • Reply Mary S September 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Looks a great pattern, might just be going on my wish list if I don’t win it!

  • Reply Carly September 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I would totally give these a try. You can reach me at carly927 at gmail

  • Reply Julie September 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Oh I want this sooo bad! Confy and trendy pants = the best!

  • Reply Janis Wakeley September 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Love these pants! They look super comfy too.

  • Reply Lisa September 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    They look so comfortable! I haven’t made pants for myself before, and I have been wanting to try for a while.

  • Reply Amanda September 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    They look awesome and definitely comfy. Would love to give them a try. amandajanke at bigpond dot com

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe September 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    OMGGGGGG. These are amaaazing. Exactly what I too have been trying to figure out how to make for so long. I saw the pattern too, but then I wanted a flat front also and didn’t like the original top and didn’t pursue. Did you take the legs in slimmer at the bottom, is that what ‘peg’ means? Awesome Kel, you rock these.

    • Reply Kelli Ward September 5, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      yes. by peg i mean taper in at the bottom. probably stated mid thigh. you would look great in these!

  • Reply Katie September 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Those are so cute! I would love to make these!

  • Reply Carolyn September 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    These are amazing! I think fabric choice is pretty key to making these pants.

  • Reply LK September 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Love these. I’ve been planning the perfect airplane and travel outfit and these pants are stitch for stitch what I had in my head. Even the fabric!

  • Reply Meg September 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Love the pattern and love your fabric choice!!

  • Reply melania September 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Love your modifications! I’ve been considering altering a lounge style pant pattern but this looks much more like what I’m after! You did a fab job.

  • Reply Olivia September 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    These are so. so. adorable. i am dying for a looser pant, and haven’t been able to cave in and buy a ready-to-wear version…this pattern looks perfect though!

  • Reply 2peaches September 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Greats pants! Gotta love easy AND stylish.

  • Reply nikol.joi September 5, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Me, me..pick me lol. Love those pants. They’re awesome!!!

  • Reply deadlycraft September 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I would love to make these and have had my eye on the pattern for a while! Pick me!:)

  • Reply deadlycraft September 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I would love to make these and have had my eye on the pattern for a while! Pick me!:)

  • Reply KellyLeaSews September 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Oh, so cool. I wouldn’t have imagined myself in pants like these a while back but now I sort o feel like anything goes, and I like these a lot. I would love to win!

  • Reply Steph September 5, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I love these pants! I’ve also been wanting to make a jumpsuit and it looks like it could be easy to add a top to the pattern!

  • Reply Jano September 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    I love your alterations- I wasn’t too keen on the elastic waist but you have made a great compromise.

  • Reply Nancy September 6, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    The pants look great on you, stylish yet look comfy which is important when ‘chasing after little ones’ 😉 I agree w other readers about needing to choose the right fabric and yours is defiantly rock in’ Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Reply Amy September 6, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Ahh they look amazing! I want some really comfy PJ pants 🙂

  • Reply crystalpleats September 6, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    I would love to give them a try. Your pants turned out great!

  • Reply Dk's Wife September 6, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    The pants are great, and you look good in them. I would love an opportunity to win the pattern.

  • Reply Louise September 6, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    Love them!, can’t wait to find some fabric

  • Reply Nessie September 6, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    These look great! I would prefer a flat front also. I’ll have to have a hunt in my stash, see what I can find.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Fabric Tragic September 6, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Great adaptation to the front waistband – elastic waists can be a bit bulky and frumpy – yours are so chic! Would love to win! Thanks

  • Reply Jen September 6, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    I’ve seen a couple of these around, but yours definitely make me want to try them!

  • Reply Sahmy September 6, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Those look great! I think I need to make these.

  • Reply lbhill September 6, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    I wouldn’t have expected to want to make these, but yours are quite convincing!

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee September 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Yes!! I have been after a pattern JUST like this too!! I love your fabric choice with these – you look so chic and comfy too! Tessuti has really been hitting the nail on the head with their patterns lately – I’ve got one waiting in the wings to be sewn up too – but I would LOVE to add this to my collection (especially if mine turn out half as cool as yours!)

  • Reply Jaime September 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    I have been looking for a pattern like this! So cute 🙂

  • Reply pin8 September 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    They look great! Truly a fall staple!

  • Reply Tatiana Di Maio September 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Beautiful! I love Tessuti patterns, but I don’t have this one yet…

  • Reply ZimtsternHH September 6, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Oh, they look awesome and so comfy at the same time! I really hope I’ll win and be able to make an equally cute version.

  • Reply Anonymous September 7, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    Love it! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  • Reply fearsome5 September 7, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    I love these! and I can’t believe you found this fabric at JoAnn’s! Great pairing!

  • Reply KajOz September 7, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    I really love your pants, they seem to be exactly what I’m searching for. I would love to make my own version…

  • Reply KajOz September 7, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    I really love your pants, they seem to be exactly what I’m searching for. I would love to make my own version…

  • Reply melanie ( September 7, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I love love your pants … great fabric too!!!
    Thank you for the chance and have a superb weekend …
    and good luck with the sew mama sew contest!!!

  • Reply eva lo September 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    thanks for the letting us know about this pattern, it looks great!
    my email elocose at


  • Reply Dk's Wife September 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Congratulations on winning the SMS sewing challenge!!!!

  • Reply Phoenix September 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    These pants are just my style. I can’t wait to try this pattern

  • Reply Zoë September 8, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Oh wow they look so comfortable!

  • Reply Kristy September 8, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    These are too cute! email

  • Reply gingermakes September 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    These are so cool! They look great on you! I love the print you used– these are a serious win!

  • Reply Deb Cameron September 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    I nearly hopped straight over and purchased these, ah but then I saw the giveaway, why not put my hand in the ring too 🙂 great pants you have there, love the fabric choice too, super cool.

  • Reply Amy September 8, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    What cool pants! I love your inspiration pants, and I think you picked the perfect pattern. I’d love to be entered if I’m not too late already. (By the way, congrats on the Sewing Match win!!) amy.ahearta at gmail dot com

  • Reply Meg @ Mood Fabrics September 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I’ve been eyeing that pants pattern and now I think I have to buy it! Pants like these are perfect for me to wear at work (and a great way to show off our drapey fabrics!).

  • Reply Jessica September 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Okay, so the harlem looking pants/pleated pants were always a hUGE turn off for me, but with the fabric you chose, I LOVE THEM! Thanks for being such a great inspiration!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  • Reply Ingrid September 11, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    These look great, and fabulous fabric choice. I would love to enter, thanks.

  • Reply debra September 11, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Oh i would love to make these, just the pant i need! Thank you for the chance.

  • Reply Miriam September 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I have a simplicity pattern that’s so similar to this that I’ve had on the back burner for ages, I think I’m gonna finally do it, these are fantastic.

  • Reply Sarah September 13, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    These look beautiful! I love your fabric choice and the waistband adjustment.

  • Reply laglov October 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    These are amazing!!! And you know….your pants and my top should meet:

  • Reply October 25, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I love these pants and your modifications. I’ve been thinking about buying this pattern for a while so I’d love to win them.

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