Wednesday, September 6, 2017

North Point Trousers

Good morning friends! I know, I know, I know....I've been away all summer long. I've been on vacation and spending time with the family. Summers are always so hard to stay close to my sewing machine. I've just accepted that fact. It's ok though because I'm hanging out with friends and family and making memories in the process.

Anyways, the weather is getting cooler here in Chicago so for me, that means staying in a lot more (and more sewing time, yay!) To jump start me back into sewing, I accepted a test sew from the lovely Kennis over at Itch to Stitch. I just love her and her patterns!
I present to you her latest pattern: North Point Trousers.

North point Trousers Feature:
  • Classically sleek straight leg silhouette
  • Medium rise and curve through hip and thigh
  • Ankle length that can be lengthened or shortened
  • Contour waistband for a better fit
  • Streamlined front slanted pockets
  • Strong and durable back single-welt pockets
  • Fly front with zipper and double hook and bar closure
  • Use of stretch woven fabric for comfort
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)

So let's talk construction. In my opinion, I have never made a more successful pair of pants as these. I actually made a muslin because I wanted them to actually fit me properly. I sewed a straight size 2. I did a flat seat adjustment (because I have no butt) and I shaved off about 1/2 inch off the crotch. I'm very happy with how my bum turned out but my crotch still needs a little work.
Speaking of butts and crotches...Let's discuss the welt pockets. Oh, why oh why do welt pockets give me such a hard time? I had 3.5 yards of this gorgeous fabric and I used all 3.5 yards of it. I messed up on these welt pockets 3 times before I just accepted a less than stellar pocket. They look ok, but I know I can do better. If you are interested, Kennis has a photo tutorial on how to do welt pockets. I did follow her tutorial, but I think that part of my problem was the fact that this fabric is a little lofty. I wanted a heavier weight pair of pants, because I tend to have cold knees in the winter and I hate being cold.

The fabric is Cotton/Poly/Lycra Twill purchased from Fabric Mart.!

It feels so good. I really wish I hadn't used all of this fabric because I had plans to make a matching blazer and of course, Fabric Mart is sold out of it. Boo! It's actually a darkish brown color, but of course its hard to capture the beauty of darker colored fabrics online.

The instructions were easy to follow. However, if I had to rate this pattern, I would rate it as Immediate due to the welt pockets. If you have ever made a pair of pants, you will be fine making these. I consider this pattern a staple for me. You will always need a good pair of slacks.

I highly recommend this pattern. I'm actually thinking about sewing another pair this weekend in a lighter weight fabric. I paired it with this thrifted top. This "top" was actually a dress once that didn't look very good. I simply cut it to my desired length and added elastic to the bottom for a blousy effect.

The pattern is on sale right now. So if you are thinking about
purchasing, I would highly suggest doing it while still on sale. You really can't go wrong with a pattern for a pair of slacks that fit great!

Until next time

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