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« on: January 20, 2005 12:18:46 PM »

I hope I'm posting in the right spot.

I'm looking for a dress/work pant pattern that's reminisent of Katherine Hepburn...long, wide legged & cuffed.  However, unlike Ms. Hepburn, I wear my pants about an inch or so below my belly-button/natural waist.

Can anyone reccomend a good (and easy??!!!) pattern?

Thank you for your help.


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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2005 04:03:17 PM »

I don't have any specific recommendations, but I have the following suggetions -

Check out the sportswear section of the Vogue and Burda pattern collections. Nevermind the difficulty level - since these patterns usually include blazers or suitcoats, if they're rated advanced it's most likely because of the blazers.

Second, it's pretty rare that pants patterns don't come up to the natural waistline, so I would be prepared to alter a pattern. It's not as hard as it seems. Just trace the pattern pieces onto tracing paper or non-fusible interfacing before you begin, so that if you don't like the result you can go back to the original pattern again. Also, make a muslin for fitting, especially if you may make several pairs of pants from the pattern - that way you know exactly what you'll get when you cut into nicer fabric.

There is another thread around here about pants patterns with lower waistlines - maybe it would be easiest to alter one of those patterns to get the look you want?

here is that thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21681.msg176470#msg176470

« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2005 06:38:25 PM »

Not sure if it's exactly what you want, but I would suggest looking at the pants in Simplicity Easy Chic #5792.  They're wide legged, side zipper, no pockets, and no waistband.  To lower the waist, you can just move the facing down.  The legs don't have cuffs, but that would be simple to add.  Try out a test pair from scrap fabric.

I use this pattern for all my work pants, with the legs slightly narrowed and an extra inch in the back of the crotch.  My waist is a size 8 and my hips are a 10 (today's sizing, larger in the pattern), so it's impossible to buy pants which fit off the rack.  After a couple test pairs, the first of which was hilariously not right, they're real easy to sew.  Most recently, I made two pairs out of a cotton/polyester double knit which drapes nicely but feels like I'm wearing pajamas at work Smiley

« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2005 07:14:09 PM »

ooh, great feedback. i was looking for somethign just like that!  have you tried makignthe pants using a wool or garbardine?

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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2005 12:39:26 PM »

Another pattern to look at would be Vogue's 8131 http://store.sewingtoday.com/cat/20000/itm_img/V8131.jpg -- eliminating the yoke and making a facing.  I love the ones with the slash pockets.  If I wasn't such a shorty, I'd make myself a pair.
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2005 02:29:35 PM »

I've made McCalls 3935. they are really comfy, extra easy and wont take long to make at all. If you want the leg wider you should be able to modify it easily


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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2005 10:27:36 AM »

Anthropologie has a beautiful pair of "Cuffed Katherine Trousers" for a whopping $118.  http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=6567&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=283&iMainCat=15.  Any ideas on how to make that pretty thing?  Material/pattern suggestions happily accepted!  Smiley

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