Saturday, April 14, 2007

Loes Hinse Cruise Pant

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:11/20/02 2:51 PM
Pattern Size:Regular
Pattern Photo:Loes Hinse Designs 5003
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Pattern Rating:I would definitely sew this pattern again
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The Cruise Pant from Loes Hinse has been reviewed several times here, so I have just a few comments to add. I made the pant from a crinkly rayon and followed Loes advice that I learned at a workshop she gave. Her suggestion is to prewash your fabric (if washable) and then to really stretch it as you iron it, before cutting out. Fabrics like rayon that are unstable or crinkly will stretch out a lot as you wear them. They seem to get bigger and bigger. I have had this happen with pants. It is not as noticable in dresses or jackets. You can help prevent this by stretching the fabric before you cut out the pattern pieces. If the pants stretch as you wear them because you haven't taken this step, then wash them everytime you wear them or tumble in the dryer with a damp towel.

I feel that the instructions on the pattern are very skimpy. There are no definitions of terms (like stay stitch) that are used in the instructions. Also the pocket pattern piece has no markings to indicate placement. You have to guess where to attach it to the side seam. If you guess too low, the pocket is not caught in the waist elastic casing and it flops around. If you guess too high, the pocket is too short to work as a pocket. My suggestion would be to add an inch or more to the top of the pocket bag so there is room to assure that it catches in the waist seam. These oversights make an easy-to-sew pattern not the best choice for a beginner.

The order of construction makes it impossible to fit as you go as in Gigi's pant fitting tip. The side seams and pockets are made first, the crotch seam last. As far a fit for me, next time I will use Diane E's suggestion to cut out excess fullness in the seat. I think that will help.


Lorna Moravec said...

7yufranVery helpful tips. Thanks! Lorna Moravec

Lorna Moravec said...