Saturday, November 26, 2011

New Pants - Sally

These are the Sally Pants by Silhouette patterns. I would have NEVER chosen these pants by the envelope. Just look:

After viewing Peggy Sagers webcast on pants fitting, I knew I wanted to try these since they are her basic sloper for all of the pants patterns. I still have some tweaking to do in the back, but overall, these fit well and are comfortable. They are made of a wool blend I got some time ago, so I'm not sure of the fabric content. I did prewash the fabric in the washing machine and throw it in the dryer and it came out fine. I will probably hang them to dry from now on though just incase.

I started off with too big a size, so I've made so many alterations to these I'm not sure what size they really are. I suppose I should put my traced pattern back on the original pattern and compare and adjust. Just for kicks. But not today.

The fly application on this pattern was easy to do and has a nice finish. I like a two piece fly. Even though it takes a little more time, I like the way it turns out. There are no pockets in these pants, but I didn't want any. I don't need to add any fullness to the hip area!

After making these, I'd have to say that the Sally Pant is really a great pants pattern. The fit is good and all of the pattern pieces line up nicely. Peggy Sager is great about helping you with fit questions. I know there are some pattern designers like Nancy Erickson who are now charging quite a bit for this service.

I have several other Silhouette Patterns that I would like to try and am hoping that I can get more sewing done now.

I also like the way the waistband is just assembled, turned under at the seam allowance and top-stitched on to the top of the pants. This works well, looks nice, and saves time.

Scarf blouse update: I am always drawn to Hot Patterns because they have such cute styles. Hwever, I don't think I've made a single one of their patterns that I did not have issues with! The fabric I'm using is a bear, so just to be sure the problems weren't from the fabric, I pulled out the pattern to check. I was having a terrible time trying to get the front dart to line up correctly. Well, after folding the paper pattern, I can see why. It's not laid out right.

So, I had two choices since I'd already cut the fabric. Either 1) lower the bust dart point considerably to make it work (not such a great idea) or 2) make a smaller dart. Since this is a loose fitting pattern, and other's have said it comes out big, I figured making a smaller dart wouldn't be to much of a problem. I re-folded the dart from the point to the bottom line and redrew the top line. This worked much better.

Now the problem is that I have somehow lost one of my front pieces and cannot finish the blouse until I find it!!!


Linda T said...

Very nice pants! I was working on a muslin of these pants and got sidetracked. Need to get back to them. I've also got the sheath dress muslin fitted. Sorry about the snaffu with the blouse dart. hopefully, it will all work out well!

Nancy K said...

They look great on you. I find her sizing very confusing. What if you don't have a garment of the same sort that you like the fit on is my problem with her sizing. How did you decide on the size you made?

Nancy Winningham said...

I used her suggestion of taking your sitting hip measurement and going by that. I made a muslin first. It was too big and I ended up taking several inches off the side seams. I pulled the muslin pants up to where the crotch felt comfortable then held in in place by pinning darts at the waist. Then I marked where I wanted the waist band and cut that off with a seam allowance for the band.

wendy said...

the pants look great! i agree, what an improvement over the pattern envelope picture.

Linda said...

Nice looking pants.

cidell said...

It's so hard to get a good fitting pair of pants and these look great!

julia said...

Nice looking pants, Nancy! My ASG chapter had Peggy come speak a couple of years ago - go to a session with her if you ever get a chance. She's as generous with advice in person as she is over the phone.

Summerset said...

First, congrats on that beautiful grandbaby!

I probably wouldn't have chosen that pattern by the envelope art, either. That said, your pants look fantastic on you - great fit and very slimming.

Mrs Mike said...

oh wow, I agree, I never would have selected this pattern based on the envelope photo! Thanks for the review. I'm always looking for a good pants pattern since I'm tall, and RTW are always too short.