Pants #2 – McCalls 2874

Happy 4th of July to you all. Eat a hot dog for me please:) Now the days are freezing and I have started working on pants with the aim of making jeans (baby steps). The initial adjustments I make before cutting the fabric are:

  • sway back adjustment
  • lower centre front waist
  • back ‘butt’ curve (depending on fit)
  • Length – 92 cm or 36 inch outer leg length

I always check the pattern width markings so that I know how much ease I’ll need, depending on the fabric. The previous pants were a loose weave and had some drape so that meant the pants would be closer to my body ie less ease. The jumper is McCalls 8777 made with left over merino wool knit.

This fabric is a stretch woven and it has lots of stretch, so again, the pants won’t need much ease. I’ve stuck with green because that’s the thread colour on my sewing machine and overlocker. I also figured, I may as well build a couple of green pieces that I can wear for now. I’m not sewing for a future event, just a couple of pieces to wear now that it’s cold. I’ll be able to take these pieces with me to NZ in September/October when we take a few short trips because of the rugby. Rugby is in DH’s blood, so these pieces might come with me. I can always add black when we’re at the games.

I’ve added a fly front panel behind the zipper.
The back was bulky so I’ve taken more fabric from the back leg, caused by this heavy/medium weight fabric. It’s stiff and less ease will help.

I’ve taken more fullness out of the side seams, particularly the back leg pieces and cut this pant pattern out in a navy woven fabric that isn’t as heavy. More news about this later.


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