Revamping a Vintage Style with Denim
Posted in Projects on Sunday the 26th January 2020 by Vicki Ormerod
Pattern Description: Misses’/Women's Pants, Unlined Coat or Vest and Knit Top
(Click here to find Simplicity 8177)
Pattern Sizing: I cut out size 18, stitched at 1/2 inch instead of 5/8 inch on the side seam lines to allow for comfort and fit. I really didn’t want to go up a size since I have been losing weight.
Fabric Choice Options: Crepe, Faille, Gabardine, and Linen types.
I felt the Denim Fabric was light enough to get away with using it.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes, it did with some minor alterations.
Are the instructions easy to follow? No there were a few times that I got mixed up. I tried to watch the video by itself, but there are some steps that aren’t discussed in the video like needing to leave enough room on the top for the hook and eye. Also, it wasn’t made clear that the underlap was to be turned and pressed at the top before it was added to the jeans. I had to read the physical directions for that. So if you are new to sewing make sure to follow the paper guide. I would read it all the way through to make sure you understand everything before you begin.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that they were wide leg. It has been so hard finding wide leg jeans in stores so to be able to make a pair has been great. The pants are comfy and on trend for Spring 2020, which will be all about pleats. #Winning
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- As mentioned earlier I made the seam allowance 1/2 inches instead of 5/8 inches
- I also top stitched all around the waist band to give it a little more of jean look.
- I also nixed the idea of cuffing my pants because it made me feel like I was short.
Would you sew it again? Heck ya! I plan to try linen next time.
Until next time…
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