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A Truly Classic Pant and Short Pattern

This may be the only pair of pants that I ever make…. the fit and the styling of the Classic Pants is chic and absolutely perfect!

The classic pant and short pattern has all the elements to create perfectly fitted, flattering basics for your wardrobe. I was drawn to the pattern because of the flat front waistband. Like most folks, I love a good gathered waistband, especially for a summer linen pant, but I prefer the chicer look of a tailored waistband. This pattern is the perfect combination of both. The waistband is simply created with a front and back band, but the ingenious design of a slightly shorter front waistband gives it a flat front that sits perfectly without gathers or fuss. The back has elastic inserted and anchored at the side seams offering a perfect slightly gathered band and that ultimate #secretpyjamas feel that we all love.

In order to guarantee a perfect fit when using a new pattern, I choose to use the #TopDownCenterOut fitting techniques. I absolutley love the fit that I achieve with this method. You can read all about the details here in this post. When making a pants pattern for the first time, I like to make a wearable short muslin to start with. This helps me to focus on the fit of the waist and hips and not worry about all the extra fabric that I need for length. This technique has been really helpful and adjustments are quick and easy to make. For my shorts I used some left over Coco linen blend fabric. This is a perfect match to my Flounce Top. Not only did I take the time to achieve a perfect fit, I now have a lovely co-ord set for summer!

The Classic Pants come with an angled side pocket that sits beautifully across your hips. These tailored pockets coupled with the flat front waistband creates a beautifully styled pant that can easily be dressed up or down. You can make the pants with a straight, tapered or wide leg option. I lengthened mine by 4 inches so that I could create a wide cuff.

For the pants I choose to use this lovely striped linen fabric from Polytex Stoffen. The pants look lovely with my linen flounce top and match perfectly with my Quilla Top that you can see here. With two co-ord sets sewn up, I now have a mini mix and match wardrobe for a weekend away.

I am thrilled with the fit of these pants. The lower rise is definitely a fit that works better for me. I am so looking forward to having a go-to pattern for pants. This pattern will sew up beautifully in a denim or corduory. Imagine these pants in a patterned brocade or cotton twill, not only will they be comfortable stylish pants; they will be a stand out addition to my wardrobe.


After all…. There is Sew Much to Design.

Happy Classic Pant Sewing!


Lou Sheffer


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