Saturday, April 3, 2010

Vogue 8637 Marcy Tilton pants with Vogue 8497 MT top

This is such a great pattern. I made the skirt last month and have been wearing it constantly. I forgot to review it I think because it seemed like such an old favorite already. I will get photos soon. Meanwhile I have now also made the pants from the same fabric and they are my new favorites. So comfortable and funky. They are an elastic waist pull on pant with wide darts at the lower side edges which control the fullness of the curved side panel.

Pattern Sizing: Size BB includes 8 - 14. Size F5 has 16 - 24. How do they come up with these sizing labels?? I made size 12 which is one size down from my measurements. I also cut the size 8 crotch since I am a short person. I also shortened the length 1 1/4" (I usually shorten 2') but that was too much and I had to skimp on the hem depth.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Another view
Pants closeup
Pants back

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very simple design and easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?Love the slightly funky look combined with easy comfort.

Fabric Used: Cotton interlock or double knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Size changes as above. Also changed the waist slightly to use my 1" wide elastic that I had on hand.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely. Love these and will make them again.

Conclusion: I still had a bit of the fabric left after making the skirt and the pants so I squeezed out the top using Vogue 8497, another Marcy Tilton design. As this fabric doesn't curl up attractively on the raw edges I decided to get creative and used my wavy rotary cutter to cut the raw edges.
Another view of top
Top back. I think I am not standing up straight causing the back to be all wrinkled.

I was quite surprised to see the following comment on my review at Pattern Review. I thought these pants look pretty good on me but more to the point is that I don't usually see this kind of comment on anyone's reviews: 
"I was planning on making these but after seeing yours I've decided against it. While your sewing is fine, I don't like how it makes you look shorter and dumpy."


Jody said...

I LOVE these pants and your top too!!! I think you look wonderful! And now I will have to go out and get these patterns too!!! Thanks for the GREAT review and happy Easter to you!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Your outfit looks wonderful on you. Your work is beautiful. I have the top pattern and plan on making it.

Eugenia said...

Take no notice at all of that commenter on PR!!!! I don't think you look in the least short or dumpy - these pants are great and they make you look relaxed and elegant. With the top they make a great outfit.

Shiny Green Penny said...

Actually, I was just thinking that I should get the pattern to make these pants, after seeing yours. They look comfy but the styling takes them a step up from plain casual. Great job!

shams said...

Beautiful, Ann! I think you look elegant and beautiful. I may make these pants next. I am also eager to make the skirt after trying it on at a recent retreat. I look forward to seeing yours.

Little Hunting Creek said...

Wow - I think that they look cute on you and I might just get this pattern and make some myself!

Kathleen C. said...

I really like the style of Marcy Tilton's patterns and it helps so much to see it on a real person rather than the mannequin/dress forms Vogue uses. These are super cute! And I've been wanting to make that top too!

Kathleen C. said...

Sorry to leave two comments, but after the last comment I clicked on your links and saw the detail of the top better. How did you finish the edges? Is that ruffled with a serger or cut with a scalloped pinking cutter? Such a great edge finish! Love it!!!

Sister said...

Wow! Your outfit looks great, but I'm shocked too at the PR comment! When I joined I was struck by how kind everybody is on there - I made some crappy shorts but still got some nice comments. Someone must've gotten up on the wrong side of the bed!

sheric said...

While I don't like the pants pattern for me I think they look great on you. Well made, and they fit well too. Ignore the snarky comment. Sound like this person has a person problem.