January 13, 2014

I have been intrigued by the idea of the Sew Bossy Initiative for awhile so I was super excited when Rachel of BooDogg and Me contacted me and asked if I wanted to participate.  I love Rachel’s blog and I think that we have very similar taste (which made this a little less scary).  So of coarse I said yes and was so relieved when I opened my package to find some lovely neutral fabric from the fabric shop and Papercut Pattern’s Pleated Pants – one of my current trend obsessions.

Pattern:  Papercut Pattern’s Pleated Pants

Materials Used: Twill? from the Fabric Store

Sizing: After reading other reviews I knew that it ran large, so when I measured between two sizes I favored the smaller one which worked out really well for me – with a few changes.

Changes Made: I shortened the waistband by about 2 inches (it was really high waisted for my short frame).  I also tapered the ankles by about 1 inch and raised the crotch by about an inch.

The Good:  This was my first ever fly zipper so I pretty excited by how professional it turned out.  It was also my first time to sew up a papercut pattern and it was a great experience.  The packaging is so fun, the instructions/diagrams were professional, and everything fit together perfectly.

The Bad:  Like others have said the pattern runs a little large.  A muslin is a must.  I also think that this is a tricky trend to pull off with the pleats around the middle.  The flat waistband definitely helps though.

Conclusion:  I had a lot of fun sewing this up.  It challenged my skills and I learned how to sew up a fly zipper which I am excited about.  I can see myself sewing up another pair of these in a drapey fabric which I think would be amazing in the pattern.

A big thank you to Rachel for asking me to participate in the Sew Bossy Initiative with her.  If you havn’t seen what I picked out for her then hop on over to her blog pronto (I’m pretty giddy about her make).

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  • Reply gingermakes January 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Oh, wow, these are cute! I have this pattern and will hopefully sew it up soon (if I ever finish some commissions I took on, ugh)! Thanks for the review!

  • Reply Madalynne January 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    These pants look great on you! I’ve seen a lot of pant making around the blogs lately and WSJ just posted a cool article last week. It doesn’t cover the sewing of pants, but it does say that this silhouette is very flattering.

  • Reply jamahistory January 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    These look great! I’ve been thinking about this pattern for my first trousers, so it’s good to know they come up big. Love the fabric!

  • Reply Rachel January 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    I love them – you look awesome! They are so flattering – I’m going to have to get that pattern out again. Thanks for playing along, was so much fun!

  • Reply Debbie Iles January 13, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Love them! The fabric is perfect.

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe January 13, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    That fabric is rather great. Love the whole ensemble, and thanks for the tips about that pattern. I’ve been wondering….

  • Reply Vanessa January 14, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    You look great in those!! And congratulations on a great fly front zipper insertion!

  • Reply Suzanna Forsythe January 14, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    These look fab on you! The fabric is great, and that pattern is very flattering for you 🙂
    Very jealous, if I wore these, my bum would look enormous!

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee January 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Yay! I love these Sew Bossy projects, they’re always so much fun! I think this style of pant is so flattering – am I crazy? I mean, you look phenomenal! Great fabric! Can’t wait to click over to see your bossiness!

  • Reply angela January 15, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Soo cute! I love style of the pants and the print! This is another pattern to add to the to do list!

  • Reply January 15, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    I know what you mean about this pattern, I’m a bit scared they’ll be unflattering on me. They look great on you though and the fabric is really cool. Tapering the leg was a really good call as well. They’re fab!

  • Reply oonaballoona January 15, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    i love that you guys were careful to keep each other comfortable. it’s hard for me to not do the equivalent of shoving wedding cake in my partner’s mouth on a sew bossy.

    these. pants. rock.

  • Reply Beth January 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    The pants look awesome! I love them.

  • Reply Beth January 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Awesome pants! I love them!

  • Reply Jennifer, Workroom Social February 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    you are rocking these pants! i love them. i need someone to boss me around in the sewing room. i haven’t made a wearable piece in too long. great job!

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