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Pattern Review: Simplicity 1808 – Pants

2013 October 7
by elizabeth_admin

As soon as Meg posted about her new pants, I have been hankering after a pair of my own.  I loved the waist band, especially the fact that the back was elasticized, but not the front.  Also, I really liked the tapered leg line.  10 years ago, I hated tapered pants, but now I really like them.  Are they back in?  Did I somehow miss that memo?  I really wanted something in a silk print like Meg’s inspiration design by Isabel Marant.



I have to admit that it didn’t hurt that Meg said they were quick either.  But I guess I’m not as quick of a sewer as she is, because these took me some time to put together.  But on to the review…



Pattern Description:  Misses’ pants & shorts with elastic waist and tie front and pockets, jacket and knit dress or top and tie belt. Sew Stylish Collection.  I made view C, the pants.

Pattern Sizing: Sizes 8-16.  I made a size 14 but tapered the legs to look more like the inspiration pants, Meg’s and Isabel Marant’s.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes, except for the tapered legs and the fact I left off the ties.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes very easy.  I changed how I attached the waistband slightly for personal preference, but otherwise, they were fine.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  


  • Loved the shape of the waistband in front
  • Loved the elasticized waistband in back
  • Sizing was pretty dead on
  • Drafting was really good.  All notches matched up and were helpful putting together the pants.


  • NONE!

Fabric used:  I really wanted to used a printed silk, but I had none in my stash that were an appropriate print or enough fabric to cut out the pants.  I looked at Yardage Town for one, but again, no good prints for the pants.  So I went to my stash again for a lightweight weight wool crepe.  I probably bought it from FabricMart back in 2008 or 2009.  I bought it thinking I would make some work clothes back then.  So that’s how it ended up in my stash.  🙂

Pattern changes or design changes made:  

  • The first change I made was to shorten the pants at the shorten/lengthen line for a total of 1.5 length taken out.  
  • As mentioned earlier, I tapered the legs about 1/2 inch on all side seams for a total of 2 inches decrease at the ankle, tapering up to the hip.  
  • At the last minute, I decided to leave off the ties at the waist.  I don’t need to add to my tummy fluff.  
  • I used only one elastic at the waist instead of two.  I didn’t have the right size in the stash, and didn’t want to make a trip for some when I had something that would work with the size of the waistband.  
  • When I sewed the waistband to the pants, I did not do as instructed as that would have left the seam allowances dangling on the interior of the pants.  I wanted them enclosed.  So I sewed the waist band exterior to the pants completely, then stitched in the ditch on the outside to attach the waistband facing leaving a slit to insert the elastic into the casing.  Then I handsewed the slit closed.

Blue lines indicate the tapering of the pants leg


Any problems encountered during construction?  For a refreshing change, no I did not!  Phew!  Of course, I am probably jinxing my next project.

Any interesting design details in this pattern?   I really love the shaped waistband and how the waistband is only partially elasticized.  The pleats are a nice touch.  I didn’t think I’d like them, but I do.  Love the pockets too.  Very cool way how they’re constructed.  You sew the pocket to the pant front, and then fold to the right side creating the side of the front, basting them together until you are ready to sew the side seams.

Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction?  I used my Singer Featherweight for most of the construction and the Brother serger for the finishing the seams.  I hand sewed the pant leg hems.  Do I count as a sewing machine???

Time to complete construction:  I sewed a complete muslin on Thursday to check fit and how much I wanted to shorten and taper and then I sewed the final on Friday.  So about 12 hours.

Will you sew it again or recommend it to others?  Yes definitely, in a silk print.  But after that, I don’t know.  It’s a pretty distinctive silhouette.  I would definitely recommend it to any sewing level.  The instructions are great for beginners.  And the design has enough design detail to keep an advanced sewist interested.

Conclusion:  Great fitting pant with a lot of potential.  Love the waistband!!!  Get it and make your own Isabel Marant knock off!







My photographer for these pictures was my sister.  Oh how I miss having her as my photographer.  Look at that quality!  And she definitely looks out for me on the most flattering shot front.  She was in town for the weekend, along with my brother and uncle, to surprise my dad for his 70th birthday.  What a fun weekend and my dad was totally surprised.  I wore this outfit out to the birthday dinner and then again for Jack’s and my photoshoot for our holiday cards this year.  These pants are really comfortable to wear and the wool crepe feels very luxe.  I’m not sure the silhouette does me any favors, but I still love the  pants.

16 Responses leave one →
  1. Dilliander permalink
    October 7, 2013

    They look great!

  2. Wendy permalink
    October 7, 2013

    Ditto: They look great! You’re so lucky to be able to make pants without vast fitting complexities. Looking forward to seeing these in a print.

  3. October 8, 2013

    I love the pants and you made them look so easy to make. I will definitely add this pattern to my ever growing stash. Job well done! They look fabulous.

  4. October 8, 2013

    I think they look good! I really like the way you styled them with that blouse too.

  5. October 8, 2013

    So pretty! I missed Meg’s post, so glad you included her inspiration pants. These look great, I would never have thought to use this pattern this way. Thanks for the tips on the waistband and pic of your taper. Lovely!

  6. October 8, 2013

    Great pant and perfectly paired with a pretty blouse. I purchased that pattern some time ago for the jacket and dress. Thanks for the review.

  7. October 8, 2013

    Wow, they look great! I’m thinking of getting that pattern now.

  8. Rosie permalink
    October 8, 2013

    You look great! Love the whole outfit!!

  9. October 8, 2013

    tres chic and a great outfit.

  10. October 8, 2013

    I love these pants on you. They are sophisticated and pretty.

  11. October 8, 2013

    I would have been scared off by the elasticated waistband but these look fab on you. Well done and looking confident too in your new pants!

  12. October 8, 2013

    I like your version of these pants and it pairs well with that pretty top.

  13. October 8, 2013

    I think they look great! Are you sure you didn’t buy these at Bloomingdale’s? 😉

  14. October 11, 2013

    I love those. They are smart and yet look so comfortable! I disagree that the silhouette doesn’t work on you.

  15. October 24, 2013

    These pants and the outfit look great on you. I bet you have a great time at the party too.

  16. October 29, 2013

    Well done and you look great in the new pants.

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