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).