I’ve been a little worried about making pants. I’ve read about how difficult they are to fit; there is crotch length and depth to consider while trying to figure out what terms like “scooping the crotch” means. I didn’t even know how the pants pieces looked, or how to sew them together.
I wanted to make very comfortable, lightweight cotton pants for wearing around the house, and Simplicity 1967 seemed to fit the bill. This is one of the earliest patterns I bought, from a quilt store that has since closed. The pattern cover assures me it’s easy, so I figured it would be a good introduction to pants sewing. The pants have patch pockets and a separate waistband with a drawstring. I paired it with some blue gingham cotton fabric I had bought with pants in mind.
I tested the pattern by making it up with a sheet. I noticed that the legs were very baggy on me, and that while the rise in the front was plenty high, the rise in the back was too low.
I needed to add more length in the back. I added 3/4 inch at the center back tapering to nothing at the side, and I also slashed below the notches and added an inch in back length to the pattern.
I tapered the legs on both sides to take off some of the excess roominess. I drafted my own patch pockets, making them larger with a top that is caught in the waistband and an angled opening. I also added elastic in the casing. Since the pants are pull-on, they’re fitted for the hips, and I wanted them to pull in a bit at the waist.
I didn’t understand how to sew them up from the directions. The pieces didn’t seem to fit together. I found this pajama tutorial that was very helpful, and I used the method of putting a right side out leg into a wrong side out leg to sew the crotch.
I’m proud of my pretty little eyelet buttonholes, and the pretty bias bound waist seam with the ribbon label on the inside.
These were easy, and a quick make. The part that took the longest was seam finishing, and inserting the elastic. I made a mistake, and had to unpick to leave a space to insert the elastic.
Just what I wanted! I am enjoying wearing these pants.
Gingham doesn’t photograph well.
Have you ever gone to the store to try to replace a favorite piece of clothing and can’t find what you want? Well, I won’t have that problem with these pants. I can whip up another easily. I will be making more pants, shorts, and pajama shorts in the future. I also have a pants pattern with a side zipper and one with a mock fly front when I’m ready to change it up.
P.S. The change I made to the length of the back piece is an alteration of the crotch depth, and scooping the crotch, when done to the back piece, is lowering the curve to give more room for the buttocks.