Pattern Review: Simplicity 5271- Lounging Pants
My dad’s birthday is on Monday and I have actually finished his birthday present early. I think this is only the second time in my career of sewing gifts for others that I have finished early. They don’t call me Elizabeth Come Lately for nothing. This was a pretty fast sew for me. I finished it from cutting to hemming in about 7 hours and that includes dithering for a couple of hours about pockets. I don’t want to jinx any of my future sewing, but I would hazard to say that I am becoming more comfortable and faster with my sewing. In fact, the last two dresses I sewed were made without looking at the instructions once. This gift was made with only a cursory glance at the instructions. I am feeling a teensy bit proud right about now. 🙂
And here’s the pattern review without further ado or bragging…
Pattern Description: Unisex child’s, teens’ and adults’ pants, cap, knit top and pet bed. I made the adult pants, View C.
Pattern Sizing: XS – XL. I made the adult size medium. The sizing was pretty close to RTW sizing. I compared it with a pair of lounge pants my father already owned and it was pretty spot on.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes! Well, except that I changed the pockets and their placement.
Were the instructions easy to follow? As I mentioned earlier, I barely looked at them, but they were good and a beginner can easily make up this pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- Very simple pattern
- Drafted well
- Quick sew
- Sizing similar to RTW
Fabric used: Cotton flannel plaid. I pre-treated it by washing and drying at high temperature three times each to ensure no post-sewing shrinkage happened. I bought the fabric last week at Yardage Town in Encinitas. I bought an additional yard yesterday to ensure I had enough to make matching pants for the little boy who lives with me. I can’t wait to see them wear it together. 🙂
Pattern changes or design changes made: This pattern has large patch pockets placed low on the leg over the side seams. I don’t think my dad would appreciate that detail nor would it be very practical for him. So I decided to make in-seam pockets just under the waistband. Using my dad’s RTW pants as a template, I traced those pockets and cut out four pattern pieces to construct the in-seam pockets. It took some sewing and unpicking and sewing again to get the hand openings in the right place, but I figured it out in the end. The opening I was left with after sewing up the side seams might be too small, but I can unpick again if need be. I sewed the top edge of the pocket inside the waistband to anchor it. This pocket is fairly wide and deep, so it is quite a useful pocket indeed.
I understitched and topstitched the pocket on the front of the pants to ensure that the inside would not peek out.
Any problems encountered while sewing this pattern? Again, only user error problems. When cutting out the fabric, I thought I was doing a great job of matching the plaid. It was an ok job until I noticed that I only matched the inseams, not the side seams. So I didn’t even use my walking foot when sewing it up because I knew it was futile at the outset. This is a small scale plaid, so the non-matching is not as noticeable as it could be.
Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction? I used my Singer Featherweight for the sewing and my Brother serger for the seam finishing.
Will you sew it again or recommend it to others? Yes! It’s a really easy and quick sew. I may use it to make Jack’s pants next. This is a great pattern for any level sewist, but especially a beginner.
Conclusion: Great pattern! I know it’s going to be a staple for me for years to come.
Can’t wait to see my dad’s face when he discovers he has his very own SEWN garment. He’s been teasing me about not receiving any the last few years.
Happy birthday Dad!