Picking Pants Patterns for #CurvyYearofSewing


In 2017 I had hoped to move toward a more me-made wardrobe.  While I did make a few new wearable things, I did not accomplish as much as I’d hoped!  This year the Curvy Sewing Collective is hosting a year long sewing event with bimonthly sewing prompts.  I’m jumping in for inspiration & motivation!  In case you didn’t guess by the title, the first prompt is jeans & trousers, which is perfect because I need both.  Y’all can join in and share your makes by using #curvyyearofsewing on Instagram or in their Facebook group.  There’s prizes too!  : D

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Picking Patterns

I have quite a collection of patterns ranging from store bought, to online PDFs, & Burda Style magazines.  The top drawer of my large filing cabinet is filled with {mostly} clothing patterns.  I think some reorganizing may occur during this challenge as well!

My first pick for this challenge is Simplicity’s New Look pattern #6544 {link to one I found on Etsy}.

That’s because I already altered the pattern to fit my bum while making these pants from 2016…

These pants have worn well & I’d like to have more like them.  Since the pattern is already altered, it will help me out when I alter my other pattern choices.

These are my fabric choices for this pattern, nice drape-y bottom weights in a dark & light pin stripe.

The next pattern I chose came from the list on Curvy Sewing Collective.  It’s a pull-on type dress pant & you can get the pattern for free by signing up for Style Arc’s newsletter.

I recently purchased a pair of pull on dress pants & they are fabulous!  It’s like wearing secret pajamas!  : D  My fabric choices for this pattern may seem a little odd…

The mushroom fabric will be for work at home, while the brown striped fabric will be for work outside the home.  I may have to make the brown ones capris because my fabric is about 6″ short of what I need.  Plus, it’s very light weight & the legs will need to be widened for a looser fit.  Love those mushrooms!!

My last pattern pick are these Oceanside pants from Blank Slate Patterns.  This pattern has the option of a mailed printed version or a PDF download.

These will be great for summer & I think this lightweight denim will be dressy enough for work as well.

Here’s a picture of the denim in a better light.  My overhead lights can cause things to look so different!

I’d really like to make these Ginger Jeans as well, but I will need to buy fabric for them.  I have no stretchy denim on hand!

We shall see what happens with that!  Now I need to think about notions!


Pattern Notions

Most patterns give a list of notions needed & fabrics to use right on the back of the envelope.  Printable patterns usually include this info in the first few pages.

The Simplicity pants are the only ones on my list {besides the possible jeans} that need anything extra – a 7″ zipper, hook & eye, & twill tape.  Although I do need elastic for the 2nd & 3rd pair, that’s not as fun to pick out!  To the box of zippers!

Plenty of 7″ zippers to choose from!

I also found this fun old zipper that only cost 80 cents!

Don’t mind me, I’m just going through the “notions”!  Ha!  : D

If I manage to sew everything on my list, I will have 5 new pairs of pants by the end of February!  Maybe 6 if I find fabric for the Ginger jeans.  Look for my progress on Instagram & the monthly roundups for January & February.

See y’all later!

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  1. Joyce Stratton says:

    Hi Kristie,

    I do a lot of sewing for myself, mostly summer dresses, skirts and blouses. I plan on making some shorts for summer as my wardrobe is getting a bit worn. I hope you have fun. I like your fabric choices.

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