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Finished: Butterick 5336 Harem Pants


I have a bit of a love affair with harem pants.  I remember making two pair for freshman year in high school.  One pair was corduroy. I wore them for my first day of high school.  Yeah, I was that girl.

I went on to make several additional pair of harem pants over the years.  I mostly wear them in the summer now. Yeah, still that girl.

I’ve been dreaming about a pair of grey harem pants since 2011. I bought the fabric and everything.  Too bad the fabric shrunk significantly during pre-wash.  I’ma wear ’em to Aqua Zumba anyway.


Pattern Description:
Misses’ harem pants pattern from 1991.

Pattern Sizing:
I lost my original pattern somewhere along the way. I traced a pair of harem pants I made freshman year in high school.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Sort of. It wasn’t as loose fitting as usual.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions used to be easy. See above re: lost pattern.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Seriously?  I love this pattern.  This version is probably my 6th pair over the years.

Fabric Used:
A grey woven from my stash.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made some necessary changes to the pattern.  I have a 36″ inseam and a 49″ outseam. When
my fabric shrank during pre-wash,  the yardage came up short. I cut the legs narrower than the pattern called for. I then let out all the seams to 3/8″.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This pattern is a favorite of mine for summer pants. They’re kooky,  but I love them. I would recommend this pattern if the pants match someone else’s kooky style & one can get ahold of a copy.


Finished: PR Mini-Wardrobe

I thought I had my laptop all fixed,  but no, the motherboard is done in.  So, I’m taking the lazy way out and reposting what I put up on Pattern Review.


This is the composite review for my entry in the 2014 Mini-Wardrobe Contest. 

I needed casual clothes to wear to and from Aqua Zumba. So everything in my mini-wardrobe can (& does!) have my fitness swimsuit under it.

1. Top –McCall’s 7989 Camisole

2. Dress – Butterick 5606

3. Cardigan – McCall’s 6168

4. Skirt – McCall’s 8832

5. Pants –Butterick 5336

I used all stash for this wardrobe, both patterns and fabrics.  Using stash fabric presented some challenges for me when I was shirt some fabric.  I also learned how to apply FOE (through painstaking effort – and 1 ruined camisole).

The end result is a nice casual wardrobe I can put a swimsuit under!

I’m having a tough time finding a place to take photos since we moved. I wore the pants I mention in this post on a substitute assignment on Wednesday and took a few pics when I got home. Oh, the trouble I had with this project. And most of it was my own fault.

Vogue 8751

As I mentioned before, my old life’s wardrobe is totally inappropriate for my life now. So, to be proactive for my substitute jobs, I cut out 4 pair of pants based on Vogue 8751 (V8751). I used the waistband yoke shape and back darts from V8751 and used my pants sloper developed earlier this year. I’ve continued tweaking this pattern (off blog) to fix the outseam – which used to snake around my leg – and to taper the trouser width below the knee. I thought I was really doing something and would have a fantastic finished product.

But no! I think I sewed every seam of these trousers at least twice. And yet something was wrong. The front and back outseams did not match. I tried easing the seams together which led to gathered, jumbled mess. Cue the tears. In actuality, I spent time rocking back and forth while holding the mangled trousers. I would have tossed the entire project out if 1) I didn’t need work pants and 2) I had other bottomweight black fabric. But necessity made me fix it. And I’m glad I did. After a good night’s sleep, it occurred to me to walk the front and back outseams. The back outseam was a full 3.5 inches longer than the front outseam. No wonder easing didn’t work. You would think I would solve this problem successfully by cutting off 3.5 inches from the back outseam tapered to nothing at the inseam.

Here’s where I made my last mistake: I cut the excess 3.5 inches off the top of the back piece. I should have cut it off the bottom. I can only show 1 photo of these trousers because it looks like my crotch is trying to eat the trousers in all the other views. And that’s what they feel like too. I wore them to work anyway… My work attire blended in much more even with the horridly short crotch.

On a brighter note, at least I did not sew up the other 3 pair of trousers, factory-style. I cut the excess 3.5 inches off the hem! Hopefully I will get to sew them up soon.

Butterick 4662 – Finished

Oh, what a past two weeks it’s been!  I took the photos in this post the morning before I left for a job interview in South Carolina!  My last two reviews were done on the road with spotty internet service.  That was something I don’t think I’ll repeat anytime soon.

I’m glad I was able to challenge myself and enter the 2013 Spring Pantone Colors contest.  After an interesting learning process (*read “failure”*, but one I still really want to wear*) with V8751 due to user alteration error, I wound up finishing Butterick 4662.  This is an OOP pattern from 2005.  My review is below.

Pattern Description: OOP Butterick wide-leg pants pattern with length variations and high, faced waist.

Pattern Sizing: I started with a size 20.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Oh, yes it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t use them; The instructions looked straightforward enough.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like how simple and elegant the pattern is. I also l .o.v.e. the high waist & wide legs of the pattern.

Fabric Used: I used a Grayed Jade linen fashion fabric and poly organza for the underlining. Both fabrics are from my stash.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made several changes: I used the back crotch Curve and side seam stitch lines from my Jeanius drafted pants. I also added 5″ to length, moved the zipper to side seam, and re-drafted the waist facings.

The biggest change is that I flat-lined the pants with poly organza. I really like the result from the flat -lining/underlining .

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will make these
again & would recommend the pattern to others if they can get a copy. I noticed some for sale online.

Conclusion: Other than the pattern work and trying a new technique, This pattern is easy & would be a great intro pants pattern for beginners. I feel like a grown-up version of me in these pants!

I want to add a big “thank you” to La Sewista for putting photos of her flat-lining process on her blog.  I read about it in Issue 42 from my Threads Archive DVD, but for the life of me couldn’t figure out the wrapping part.  As you can see from the close-up photo above, I got it!  And I really like the finished effect.

Erika, the next post is for you!  Thanks for the Versatile Blogger award, I haven’t forgotten :).