Back when I was making the Merchant & Mills Strides trousers, I mentioned this Vogue trousers pattern. And I really did make them, I'm just delinquent in doing the post. They are, as I suspected, a much better fit for me.
The Vogue pattern has more curve along the hip, and 2 back darts and front pleats instead of one.
I made the size 14, with only one change, an addition actually - the fly shield from the Strides pattern. It's just so handsome!
As with my final take on the Strides, I did a horizontal fish-eye dart in the back (the flat bottom and bagging solution). I really like the way this worked out, especially with the double darts.
Purple is an awful color to photograph. The fabric is really a deep eggplant, a cotton/poly (80/20) twill, nice weight for pants, from Fabric.com.
Some finishing touches. I secured the belt loops inside the waistband, then attached them conventionally with bar tacking. And I finished the fly shield, waistband, and pocket bag on the inside with some fun bias binding. I thought I had a pic of all that, but ... no.
I like a bar tack across the top of the slant pocket - it's amazing how well it works to keep the pocket flat.
Here's a throwback - do you have one of these wonderful tap-it tracing paper markers? Sooo much easier than a tracing wheel. Mine is really really old... I've had it since I was 20!
For me, between the Strides and Vogue 8896, Vogue is the winner.
Bye for now! Coco
Nice work on these trousers, Coco! They are a lovely color, too. Now I am envious for your marking tool!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bunny. Oh, what a great little tool. I hate marking notches and darts, and this makes it easy (unless I have to do tailor tacks because of the fabric).Delete
Those are great looking trousers! Such nice construction details too. Now I totally want some eggplant pants.ReplyDelete
Gotta' have eggplant pants! Thanks, Nancy.Delete
super duper fit!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Linda. I find it exhausting to make pants...Delete
They are really cute. I've found that It's hard to find a pattern that zips in the front. Most zip in the back or side.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Dorothy. And interesting point - unless they're trouser cut, that front zip can be hard to find.Delete
Excellent construction & wonderful fit! I love the zipper, pocket & belt loop details.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Bev. The details are the fun part of pants - the backside is the worst!Delete
Oh wow, I would love to try the tap-it marker, tracing wheels drive me nuts. I know you're not in the market for one, but do you know if one can still purchase them? I tried googling but didn't really get anywhere.ReplyDelete
And your trousers look lovely!
Hope you can find this tool. I've seen some on eBay and Etsy, and patsijean, comment below, gave a URL to find them.Delete
Excellent fit. Superb, really. I hope to achieve results like that someday, but I will have to actually get in my sewing room FIRST. :) Now, about that marking tool. Where can I get one. I have serious envy going on! That is simplistic genius!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much! Patsijean, below, provided us with a URL to find the tool.Delete
I too have owned a Tap-It for decades, late 60's or early 70's. They are wonderful. Great pants!ReplyDelete
Hold on to that tool! Put it in your will :-)Delete
Nursebennett, and anyone interested in this great, no longer made product, here is a Google page of listings for this item. https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Tap-It+pattern+markerReplyDelete
This is so thoughtful - thanks so much!Delete
What great details and what a super job you did on theses pants. I so envy you being able to tuck in and wear belts and look great. My waist is long gone and I have to accept it !ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Diana. Waists...I admit a tuck-in or fitted waist is not my favorite. I love loose!Delete
Coco, these are a smart looking pair of trousers! Beautiful work and love the marking tool.ReplyDelete
I like that you had something in reserve to post. I'll remember that when I actually get some
things made to share. Guess I'll need to start from the beginning and setup a blog. New
experience for the New Year. Thank you for your inspiration!
Thanks, Margene. And oh goody, a new blog - hurry up please :-) I like using Blogger for mine, it's super easy to set up and customize.Delete
Gorgeous! You look great!ReplyDelete
I've been thinking about making these - they are lovely, and as usual, you have done a wonderful job in making them up.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much. I really like this pattern. On me they're not terribly baggy, and I didn't do anything to taper them. I've seen them on slimmer gals on whom they look wider. If I do them again, I think I'll actually add to the width!Delete
So awesome! The fit and finishes are just beautiful Coco! I must find one of those chalk markers...very cool!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sue. I'm really pleased with the fit. I get a little crazy if I have to mess with a pattern too much - these were nice straight out of the envelope.Delete
Wow, these are great! I have pinned the details to one of my Pinterest boards so I can remember to add them to my next pair of trousers.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mary. Details are my favorite part. On these I didn't split the back center of the waistband (which I love to do) - but I knew the waistband was going to fit without that fallback. Nice pattern.Delete
Thanks, Valerie. That bar tack is genius. I also put once at the bottom of a slant pocket to secure it - doesn't show in the pics. I got the idea from researching men's trousers. They put so much stuff into their pockets, there had to be a way to keep them from getting wonky.ReplyDelete