Sunday, January 29, 2012

Anne Klein Pants Vogue 1200


The holy grail is..... a GREAT FITTING PANTS pattern.

What seamstress hasn't searched high and low for one.  It doesn't seem to be so much to ask, does it?
Yet, it has eluded me for all of these years- until now.

YES!  It's true! I think I found the perfect pants pattern for my body!  It is from Vogue 1200- an Anne Klein pattern.  The ONLY alterations that I made were that I lengthened it and lined it.   Need I say more?  
Pants Back
I used a stretch wool gabardine for the outside, and a silk crepe for the inside.   It doesn't call for a lining, but without one, you would have seen the outline of the pockets a little too much.    I've never made a full pants lining before, but it wasn't hard at all.  I read up about it in Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing book, and she recommended that you sew a smaller seam allowance in the lining, because it doesn't have much give.  I cut just the front and back pieces out of the lining, one inch shorter than the outer fabric.  I sewed them together except at the center front, then attached the lining to the waistband facing.  Once the waistband was attached, I cut out the fly area of the lining, and just slipstitched it around the fly.


Fly Front
Here are some close up views of the details.  The pattern has a real fly front, and a very nice faced pocket.  The directions were great.  Both of these features took some time, but I have no doubt they were worth it.  These pants just feel luxurious.    I am definitely going to be using this pattern again. 

Faced Pocket
This is the LAST project that I'm going to get in before the end of the Fabric Stash Contest at Patternreview.com.  I made my personal goal of 20 yards, which seems like a lot, but some entrants have sewn 75 yards!  But I'm quite satisfied- since January 1st, I've added a skirt, a vest, a jacket, a top, a blouse, a scarf, a dress, a cardigan, and finally these pants!  Not bad for one month's work.

Next up- something for Valentine's Day!

9 comments:

  1. Wow, those pants look amazing on you!!

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  2. Wooo! I'm celebrating your great fitting pants!!!! Isn't it a nice feeling?

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  3. They look fabulous - a real fly front - I'm scared to try, but those look amazing! Thanks for all of the inspiration!

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  4. Great looking pants and perfect fit.

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  5. They couldn't be more perfect!!! ...perfect fit and perfectly sewn.

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  6. STUNNING! These are really beautiful!

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  7. These pants are truly lovely on you. I bought that pattern for the jacket but will definitely be taking a second look at the other pieces included. And kudos to you for being so productive in the month of January. That is a long list of FO!

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  8. AMAZING pants. They fit you perfectly and everyone needs a great pair of white pants.

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