Monday, April 16, 2007

Sewing Workshop Panel Pant

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:2/25/05 1:57 AM
Pattern Size:Regular
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Pattern Rating:I would definitely sew this pattern again

I have had this pattern for many years, getting it out from time to time to contemplate it. I've been seeing lots of loose, baggy pants in the fashion magazines lately. I had this nice drapey tencel out on the cutting table and suddenly I realized the Panel Pant's time had finally come.

Pattern Description: It is described as a very loose-fitting, ankle length pant with elastic waist, side-seam pockets and stitched hems. Pant fronts have center panels with three edge-stitched sections.

Pattern Sizing: Small through XL all included.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes, almost

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are very good. This is not a difficult pant and easier to fit than most as the crotch hangs low. It takes a little more time than some because of the pieced front and topstitching.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that it was easy to fit and a fun, funky style.

Fabric Used: Olive tencel twill

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made a size smaller than my measurements called for. Be careful if you do this because it barely fits over my hips pulling it on. I changed the waistline treatment to a simpler sewn on elastic instead of the multiple channels used in the pattern. I also eliminated the pockets. I did this because I could see that I was going to need to remove fabric from the top of the waist band to pull the crotch up some. It seemed too bothersome to figure out where to place the pockets when I didn't know how much I was going to take off the top. I don't really want pockets anyway.

The crotch depth is the same for all sizes. I felt, while I could have kept it as cut, it was a bit too baggy looking on me as I am only 5'3". I trimmed at least 3 inches off the top. Also I hemmed these to be longer than they intended which would have been at the ankle.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would make these again and I definitely recommend them to you. They are very comfy and fun. Although they are full, it is mostly in the leg. They fit quite smoothly around the abdomen with minimal puckering at the elastic.

Conclusion Be sure you use a very drapey fabric.

The top is Vogue 2759, an Anne Klein design that I have made twice before and reviewed. The fabric is from Loes Hinse and you may recognize it from the Boat Neck top pattern. I had in mind making that very pattern with this fabric but decided these pants needed something more drapey to go with them.

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