Call me a woman on a mission, obsessed…or maybe, just plain crazy. After sewing 5 pairs of pants from the same pencil pants pattern, I guess you can say I’m determined to master the art of the perfect pencil pant.
I’m after a slim silhouette with a side zip and tapered legs – all in an elegant material with a wee bit of stretch. This is me (in my dreams):
The first pair I made came out well (take a look here), but the higher waist band wasn’t all that comfortable so I decided to alter the pattern. Pairs #2 and #3 were less successful since I opted for fabrics without stretch and ended up with pants that I couldn’t sit down in. Those pants have since gone to the Goodwill Gods (or to aliens who stand around all day.)
With Pair #4, I dropped down the waist and had much better success with the fit, but some not-so-attractive waist-band gaping (take a look here.)
So in addition to taking off and redoing the waistband on Pair #4, I decided to modify the pattern further for yet another pair. In Pair #5 (made in a stretch satin fabric) I dropped down the the waist and removed the waist-band entirely. I tried on Pair #5 every step of the way and was delighted with the fit as I worked. However, after I finished sewing the final seam on the no-waistband “waistband”, the result was not only waist gaping but waist RUFFLING! I would have taken a picture, but was so horrified that I reached for the seam ripper instead of the camera.
Trust me when I say that my pants looked like this…
After some hefty taking in on the front and back seams, the problem appears to be fixed. I’m happy to present Pair #5 in two views:
Of course, the test will come this week after I’ve sat in these pants for a performance. The beauty of stretch fabric is that it gives. The downfall is that it gives. If I stand up and my pants fall off…well, that won’t be good.