This is the pattern I chose for the wool gabardine (from the previous post).
They are from Ottobre Woman Magazine (5-2010) - the design is called Caron. The pants are described as Career Pants. Basically, they are a classic design, trouser style straight leg pant, featuring slant pockets, front/back waist darts with fly front closing.
While I would love the pants to look exactly as above, unfortunately, my height/weight dictates otherwise, and this is how they look in reality!
Not too bad, but definitely not model material :-)
I did make a couple of design changes.
Snoop shopping has revealed that better quality pants set themselves apart by their little features, such as topstitching, lining, pocket treatments or embellishments - not necessarily all in the one garment.
With this in mind, I wanted to set these pants apart from the cheaper equivalents I can readily purchase. My first thoughts focussed on lining the pants, partly to achieve a higher end look, but essentially to compensate for the itchiness of the wool fabric I was using. I managed to find some suitable lining in the stash - a heavy weight rayon gifted from a friend last year.
I'm happy for my garments to have a bit of a surprise, so the contrasting lining is not an issue.
I have actually made this pattern twice before, so wanted a bit of a different look for these pants. Most of the high end pants I saw had welt rear pockets. As I hadn't made this style of pocket in some time, thought, why not and proceeded to add this feature.
Remember those moth holes? Well, here they are ..... practically invisible. In fact, they show up more in this photo than in real life.
Even if I just get one season's wear, I'll be happy. The fabric cost very little. After all, I've already made another pair, they didn't take long to make, plus (and more importantly) that's 4+ metres of fabric out of the stash. Woo! Hoo!