First time I sewed this pattern was three months ago for the Pattern Review Endless Combination contest. I loved how it fit right from the envelope and the only alteration I needed then was to shorten the total length. I used a woven stretch then. For this latest version, I used a 100% cotton corduroy that did not have any form of stretch at all so I played it safe by adding ½” to the side seam allowances of the waistline and waistband. It turned out to be the right decision as the finished pants fit me so comfortably!
Although the pattern envelope says Misses’ Slim Leg pants, I thought the pants was not really slim fitting. There are five design options to choose from and all of them are just variations of the hems—cropped or regular length, buttoned vent on side, buttoned vent on back and plain. All views featured a waistband with belt carriers, fly front zipper opening, single button closure, side pockets and faux welt at the back.
I made view C which features a cropped length with buttoned side vents on the hem. However, I used a regular length because I thought cropped length does not flatter my short stature. I also skipped the belt carriers, side pockets and faux welt.
If you have sewn with corduroy before, then you know it has certain characteristics that require special consideration.
I checked the direction of the nap and marked accordingly with a small sticky paper to remind me while laying out the pattern pieces. I had to make sure all pieces were properly oriented.
The sewing instructions in this pattern were really easy to understand and quite detailed especially when it came to the fly front. Even beginners or those who haven’t sewn a lot of this type of pant closure (like me) will have no trouble. With that said here are some additional tips which I hope you will find helpful:
It doesn’t say in the instructions but I found it best practice to finish the raw edges of both front pant pieces along the curved edge. Otherwise (especially if you are using the serger) it will be impossible to do so after the fly front has been assembled.