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Pattern Review: Vogue 8584

2011 July 12
by elizabeth_admin

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Pattern Description: Misses’ Pants and Belt: Pants A, B have waist casing with elastic and cord ties, topstitched hems.  A: 6″ above ankle side pockets with topstitching. Pants C has side pockets with ties, elastic waist and ankle casings, carriers and belt with D ring closures.  I made view B without the cords.

Pattern Sizing: 8-14.  I made the size 14 with about 3/8 added to the side seams from the hip down to hide my thighs get a looser look.  Actually the sizing was pretty good.  My only caveats regarding sizing would be that you really need to check the length of the leg on View B.  I’m 5’4″ and these were just right for me.  I know most people are taller than me (well, not in NYC though — I feel really tall here).

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for the fact that I left off the cords and didn’t use a striped fabric.  With my added 3/8 to the width of the pant leg, my pants now fit just like they do on the pattern envelope illustration.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes!!! This pattern is great for beginners and advanced sewists alike.  The pants can be as easy and simple or as complex and have lots of bells and whistles as you like. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

LIKES:

  • Easy pattern to sew
  • So fast to sew (especially when you leave off details)
  • I never thought I’d say this, but the elasticized waist.  It’s not bulky and is so much easier to do than a zipper fly.  I’m just sayin’.
  • Love the silhouette

DISLIKES:

  • NONE!

Fabric used: A pea green linen from P&S Fabrics.  I pre-treated it 3 times per Carolyn’s advice on how to pre-treat linen.  Came out like a charm.  Easy to work with and stitched up beautifully.

Pattern changes or any design changes made: 

  • When I muslined this pattern, I found that the waistband was too high up on my torso, above my natural waist.  I just cut off 1-7/8 inches off the top and moved the fold line down an equal distance to cut out my linen. 
  • I added 3/8 to the side seams about 5-1/2 inches from the fold line right at my hip, tapering it of course
  • I serged all the interior seams and topstitched the side seams.  Looks pretty cool!
  • I twin needled the hem since these are casual pants
  • I left off the cords in the interests of time (I wanted to wear these tonight) and for the sheer fact, that I didn’t have any cords.  😉  

Any problems encountered during the sewing of this pattern?  The only time I had a problem was when it came to the hemming.  I must have changed the hem about 15 times.  I pinned, tried it on, adjusted the pinning, tried it on, adjusted the pinning, etc. etc.  ad nauseum.  These were the trickiest pants to hem.  As it stands, they probably aren’t perfect, but they’ll just have to do.

Would you sew it again or recommend it to others? YES!!!  I will definitely make it again and might just make another pair before I leave on my trip instead of another dress.  They’re so comfortable and look so chic.  An easy vacation look without looking like a tourist.  I could see at least 4 or 5 pairs of these in my summer wardrobe.  This pattern is good for beginners and advanced stitchers alike. 

Conclusion: Great pair of pants.  The easy elasticized waist does not look cheesy nor bulky.  A really quick sew with great results.

Hem: serged finish and twin needled hem

Hem exterior with top-stitched side seam

 

waistband

 

Hanger shot, sorry no pictures on me yet

 

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I’m going to wear these pants tonight to my dinner!  I will wear them with a black, close-fitting ruched knit top.  I tried the pants with several different tops, shoes and belts last night.  I have now decided that I am not a belt person.  I don’t have enough of a waist (as compared with my hips) and a belt just points that out.  🙁  But no loss.  I am not really an accessory person anyway.  I really liked these pants with the black knit top because the ruched close-fitting style of the top contrasts nicely with the flowy pants.  And it gives me a good silhouette.  If I have a chance, I will post pictures of the outfit later tonight.

Happy sewing!

12 Responses leave one →
  1. Karen Mulkey permalink
    July 12, 2011

    Elizabeth – I so enjoy your blog as you write in such a friendly, inviting style. I believe your body shape is much like mine – long waisted and relatively short in the stride. This is a common shape but it’s great that you’ve learned this in your rather short sewing career.
    The pants look nice and makes me think I should try this pattern. Thanks for sharing!

  2. July 12, 2011

    The closeups look great—I’m glad these worked out and I hope you have a great time wearing them out and feeling smashing rather than invisible!

    I don’t have a long torso but I do have the same issue with belts, I think for the same reason—not enough waist to cinch (or is it too much waist?). /sigh.

  3. July 12, 2011

    Yay! You got them finished on schedule 🙂
    They look really great (looking forward to seeing the modelled-by-you pics in a later post too).
    Maybe these’ll become your TNT casual summer pants pattern?

  4. July 12, 2011

    I love a pair of easy to wear loose linen pants in the summer. Always cool and comfortable but somehow not sloppy. You picked a great colour too.

    I also rarely wear belts. I do have a big waist to hip difference though. Maybe I should be wearing belts, I always think it just highlights how wide my hips are.

  5. July 12, 2011

    Congratulations on finishing your pants! I can’t wait to see them on you.

  6. SusieR permalink*
    July 12, 2011

    Man, these look soooo nice – your stitching is impressive.
    (Love that you categorize this as ‘dating wardrobe…’ so neat!)
    xos

  7. July 12, 2011

    I hope we get to see them on you! I might make pants if there were some elastic waists that weren’t cheesy.

  8. July 12, 2011

    great looking pants, I like how you topstitched the seams.

  9. July 13, 2011

    Very nice! I also am not a fan of belts and have very few of them, none of which I wear.

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