In the last 10 years I’ve sewn pajama bottoms, yoga pants, and a whole bunch of exercise leggings. I told myself there was no need for me to make my own pants. I focused my attention on my harder-to-fit top half. However, I lost about 15 lbs. this year (thanks to food sensitivities) and I am forced to either 1- wear sweatpants exclusively 2- buy overpriced pants that don’t fit, which I then have to alter, and which still won’t fit, or 3- swallow my fear and make myself some pants that fit!
Sabrina Slims Pattern Review
The Sabrina Slims by Love Notions seemed like a great jumping off point! The construction isn’t that much different from yoga pants, in all honesty. I got my hands on this wonderful Extreme Stretch Denim from Southern Belle Fabrics. I chose View A, without the center seaming detail. I had planned on doing welt pockets but then something disastrous happened…
I always cut out fabric on my kitchen table. My kitchen chandelier holds 6 lights. I have 5 bulbs in at any given time because 6 is too bright. Last week, one of my bulbs went on the fritz (strobe light party, anyone?) so I was down to 4 bulbs. I’ve always wondered how people can cut fabric out the wrong direction. Like, duh, right?? Um, noooo…. Apparently 5 bulbs means I cut fabric out the right direction. Late night exhaustion + 4 bulbs meant that I cut this luscious black denim out the WRONG direction. I didn’t realize it until I was about to sew the legs together and saw the denim was curling the wrong way.
Shuddered – fainted – died of fright!….Well, almost.
I sewed them up, praying that they would still fit. I was counting on the knitted denim’s 4 way stretch to save me. And what do you know, they feel great!! I had enough fabric to re-cut the waistband the proper direction. Because the pants were cut the wrong way, you will notice a few drag lines. They don’t lay quite right. I honestly don’t think most people would notice this and they are super comfortable, so I’m going to wear them with pride.
I was concerned about the elastic being too tight/uncomfortable. The Dritz 2″ Soft Waistband Elastic (purchased at Joann’s) is great for this project because it resists rolling and lies smoothly around the waist.
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Changes I Made:
I added front pockets by making a pattern based on a pair of jeans pockets in my closet.
I shaved off 1/4″- 3/8″ at the top back of the pants because Sabrinas sit really high in the back.
I shortened the rise by 1/4″.
I removed length in 3 places in the pant leg.
I did a flat pubis adjustment. I’m hoping this is the adjustment that will fix my crotch fitting woes. I’ll have a better idea after I construct some jeans!
This is a great pair of black slacks and I absolutely love this fabric! These pants are really stretchy and very comfortable. Considering my cutting out mishap, I’m really pleased with how they turned out and they are definitely wearable! I’d like to try the Sabrinas again in a ponte I have in my stash.
Click here for my review on the wrap top I’m wearing.
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