First up I will write about my "perfect pant" pattern, which is a mash-up of McCall's 6930 and 6711. I will then finish up this post with a very *brief* review of a bias cut jacket I made, Vogue 8910.
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Since I had made up some pretty decent fitting pants back when I was in the Fashion Challenge for Fabric Mart using McCall's 6711, and I had read that the block that McCall's uses for all of its pants patterns stay the same, I knew I would probably be okay picking out another McCall's pattern for pants and having it work for my lower half. (I also had lost some weight from the challenge and the plaid pants I had originally made fit me even better so I figured a new pair would probably be the same.)
I loved the back zip and pockets from McCall's 6711, so I knew I wanted my new pair to have the same thing, but I also knew I wanted a traditional waistband. Well, the only pattern I saw that had those three things were McCall's 6930, but that pattern is for capris and shorts. Sigh.
But then, ding!, I realized I could mash-up the top portion of McCall's 6930 with the longer, slimmer leg of McCall's 6711, and have a perfect pair of pants for me. Yes!
I did check to make sure that the McCall's 6930 crotch curve matched the McCall's 6711, and without fail, it was a near match, barring a slight style difference to accommodate a waistband and lower rise. So I proceeded to get my shears out and get to cutting.
It isn't especially thick, but for my purposes it is a good all-weather pant. I felt fine in these in the 75 degree weather we had the day I wore them in Mississippi (December 1, thankyouverymuch), but I also felt warm enough when I wore them recently in more *typical* winter weather (last photo of this review).
I cut the size 14, btw, the same size I cut for 6711. My measurements fit the 16 better, but in my experience McCall's runs about one size big across the board (I should wear a 12 up top but always cut a 10).
Anyhow, I never seem to have troubles unzipping from the back, but I guess I probably am alone in this. I really just don't like front zips, except in jeans. I always feel like the zip on the front feels weird and it bothers me. Obviously I get over it as most pants are constructed that way, but for me, as a sewer, I will always prefer to put my zips somewhere else than in the front.
one at the Fabric Mart blog (has a ton of photos, too), and the review at Pattern Review.
Since I have clearly said a lot about it over there, I will just encourage you to check out those reviews instead of recreating the wheel here. I just know that some of you need to see a photo of what you will be looking at to have a reason to get up and go over there. ;-)
Thing is, he was a huge fan of my sewing and even joked with me that he would wear one of my creations one day and show off his legs for me in it (I guess I was to make him either shorts or a kilt, lol?). He supported me during the contest and considering he is a rough around the edges, burly and bearded, LUMBERJACK, the fact that he got into it so much means either he was hiding a secret fashionista side or he really just wanted to be a great friend. I am guessing the latter. ;-)
I know he would want me to wear it, and I guess I will, I just need to get past my mental block to do so. I think I will figure it out, it just seems like such a shame to have this creation of mine sitting on the sidelines since I feel vulnerable wearing it.
Okay, that's all from me for today. There will be one more creation of mine at the Fabric Mart blog tomorrow, so definitely check it out! I really like that creation (and their is a mini one in there, too), and unlike the jacket above, I have actually worn that one for real.