The Best Pants Ever

Seriously.  They’re my very first pants and they’re awesome.

Ignore the wrinkles.  I took the pictures right after driving souricette 2 to preschool and I was too lazy to do any ironing…

Details, because I know you want them.  The pattern is Juniper by Colette.  The fabric is hampton twill from Hawthorne Threads in the peacock colorway.  I was hoping for more of a teal color and this is definitely green in person.  But it has blue undertones and is the exact shade of green I love so it’s still a score.

I was again smack dab between two sizes.  I looked at the finished measurements and went with the smaller size.  I like my pants to be fitted at the waist and hips.  I knew modifications might happen so I made a muslin.  Too tight at the hips and waist by one measly inch.  Otherwise, the fit in the back was perfection.  So I did the teeniest of simple modifications.  I reduced the seam allowance from 5/8″ to 3/8″ along the waist and hips and graded back out to the 5/8″ seam allowance for the leg.  I also had to reduce the waistband seam allowance to 3/8″.  And voilà! Perfect fit!

And when I say perfect fit, I mean it.  I wear these without a belt (no belt loops) and there is no gaping and no tightness.  I can lie down, get up, sit, jump…  And I never have to readjust them.  Come on, if that isn’t a dreamy fit, what is?

Other details.  I used one of Mr. Mouse’s old shirts for the pockets.  You may recognize it from the PRP refashioning challenge.

And for some reason, I got it into my mind that I wanted all seam allowances finished with bias tape.  I knew it would take forever and that the serger would be so much quicker.  I tried to convince myself not to use bias tape.  But once the idea of beautiful bias tape finishing…  I knew that I would never be fully satisfied if I didn’t do it.  So I did it.  I needed a lot of it!  I ended up making some from that shirt, using some of the flowered one that also showed up on that PRP outfit, and some dark green that I bought at Joann’s.

There are definitely more of these in my future.  I’m thinking of playing with my muslin a little to see if I can trim down the leg a little.  I love a wide leg in the Summer but I’d love something slimmer for Winter.  With piping at the pockets and waistband!


Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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5 comments on “The Best Pants Ever
  1. Ren says:

    Sewing for myself intimidates me. Sewing pants for myself is downright frightening. I am impressed.

    And these are fabulous! Thanks for linking up to Inspire Us Thursdays!


  2. […] favorite pieces are the ones that I took my time with.  The Crepe dress and Juniper pants.  I bought fabric specifically for them, made a muslin, took extra care while sewing them […]


  3. Inder says:

    These look great!! I love a breezy wide legged pant, but like many, I’m super intimidated by the idea of sewing pants for myself! I know I just need to give it a try!


  4. […] much I made for myself this year.  It’s certainly been quite the learning experience!  Here are some of my […]


  5. […] straps and top are leftover twill from my Juniper pants. (That reminds me I haven’t worn them in forever. They don’t fit right anymore. Should […]


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