|Simplicity 1696-Amazing Fit Pants|
These may be my new favorite pants!
Simplicity 1696 is one of the Amazing fit patterns. It provides specific direction on how to customize the fit to your body. Isn't that the whole reason that we sew? I was looking forward to it, but also anxious because I have been having trouble fitting because losing weight messes with how I see myself and how my clothes have been fitting.
|These are the best welt pockets I have ever made. They are|
actually faux pockets, but I like them. I never use my
back pockets anyway.
|My pocket got stuck in my |
waistband seam. I had to rip out the
section of stitching, smooth the
pocket down and restitch.
I didn't make a muslin because the adjustments were to be done at the very end. I also overlooked where it suggested to make one.
I decided to follow the directions. I usually glance at them and do my own thing until I get stuck. This was an exercise itself. The directions were pretty good until I got to the zipper fly. I was stumped and took more than one break after trying to figure them out and coming back again. I finally went sentence by sentence. It went together, but not enough of an overlap for my taste. I ripped it out and created a larger overlap. Oh, and I did it my way.
|This is the fitting. The|
belt carriers are hanging
and front is pinned.
In addition to the fly directions, another issue I had was the order of assembly. The directions say to sew part of the front crotch together, then sew the front pockets. Personally, I think this puts a lot of stress unnecessarily. I have put notes on my pattern to change the order.
The back pocket welt was making me anxious. I always get nervous, but I was going to take it one step at a time. Well, this was seriously easy. Fold the welt in half, baste, sew onto back, then slip stitch or top stitch. I slip stitched. It is the best pocket welt I have ever made. No gaping. No sagging. No real pocket.
|This is the fitting. I've|
been wearing saggy
pants so long, I thought
these were okay.
One thing that I really like is that the curved waistband is in four sections and attached to each section of the pants before assembling the fronts and backs. This made fitting more accurate, in my opinion.
While most of the seams are the regular 5/8", the side seams are 1". The back inseam goes from 5/8" and increases to 1" as it goes up. This leaves the edges off, but I just lined up the 5/8" to the pressure foot.
Once the fronts and backs were all assembled, I tried them on. Well, I was AMAZED. They fit pretty well. I thought I would just need to finish the waistband and hem them. I set them aside for a while.
|A little color on the inside!|
About time, I found a use for those fancy
built in stitches.
|Are those fitting wrinkles or standing funny wrinkles?|
I finished up with a button and button hole. I let Youngest Son choose a button, made a buttonhole and used the machine to sew on a button. I finally added a 1 1/2" blind hem after cutting off 1 1/2".
I really like the way these pants feel. I like linen. They feel light and summery. Today was light and summery. Mr. Toad doesn't like the wrinkles. I have tried to explain that they are elegant wrinkles. It's linen. I guess I won't be making anything in linen for him.
Some things to remember about this pattern:
- Attach the fronts after assembling the front pockets.
- The zipper fly opens to the left.
- The zipper fly does not leave much opening if made using the instructions, at least the way I followed them.
- The really cool pocket welts are faux.
- It is easy to fit after assembling. The side seams, the inseam and the crotch seam are basted with 1 inch seam allowances to for easy fitting.
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