Hi everyone! For this month’s blog post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network I chose to make a pattern that I’ve wanted to try for months. It’s no other than the Lander Pants by True Bias. Ever since the pattern was released, I kept seeing everyone’s versions popping up online. I think I’m probably the last seamstress on Earth to try it, haha!

The Lander pants have a high waist and a button fly (there is also a zipper fly add-on pack available), front and back patch pockets and belt loops. There are 3 versions available: shorts, ankle length pants and boot length pants. I decided to go for version C, since I intend to wear these trousers in Spring and Autumn.

Regarding my fabric, I wanted something versatile that I could pair with lots of different tops. So, I opted for a classic Dark Blue Denim that I knew would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. It was a great choice for this pattern, it’s soft, it was easy to work with and it pressed beautifully, which allowed me to take extra care of the details such as the belt loops and the pockets.

As for the sizing, I found the pattern to be quite true to size. I cut out the size 6 and made no alterations to it. The only thing I would change next time would be to adjust the waistband as it currently gapes a tiny bit at the back. It’s not a major issue right now, but it would be great if I could correct it in the future.

About the construction, I found the instructions to be very comprehensive! If there was one thing that I would advise you to pay attention to, that would be the seam allowance. There are a couple of steps where you have to use a smaller or bigger seam allowance, so make sure you read the instructions carefully. I made that mistake when I basted my side seams to check the fit and the trousers ended up HUGE on me, because I used the wrong seam allowance and it took me a while to realize it!

In addition to the pattern booklet, True Bias also have a sewalong series on their blog, which is very helpful if you prefer step by step photos rather than illustrations.

Overall, I am very happy with my Lander Pants. They are comfortable, their little details make them stand out and I can see them becoming a staple in my wardrobe. The pattern wasn’t as difficult as I imagined and the button fly works like a charm, even though I was a bit intimidated by it. I definitely recommend them if you are looking for a good trouser pattern!

Until the next time,

Happy sewing,

Athina