Saturday, May 1, 2010

Simple pants, big mistakes

Ack, I made a mistake cutting out these cute little pants from Ottobre 3/2006.  They are pattern #23.   First of all, I could not follow the directions at all.  I read them several times through but they were just impossible for me to figure out.  Perhaps Ottobre was not so good at English translations back then?  Anyway, I figured they could not possibly be that hard to put together so I decided to wing it.  When I started to sew them together at the seam between the legs, one end was longer than the other! I had already worked hard to get beautiful ruffles and a lovely rolled hem, so I had to wing it again to fix the problem.

To solve the problem, I had to cut that seam shorter on one side but then the whole waist was too short for my child.  At this point, I was enjoying listening to the Wicked soundtrack so much, I decided to just keep going.  I added an extension to the waist to make a basically flat waist yoke.  (I think that is what it is called)  I added the elastic and Voila!  Problem solved.

Took one and a half rounds of the entire Wicked CD to sew these, btw.   Defy Gravity!

Fabric is from Robyn Pandolph's Flirt collection and I bought it from Flame Cranium on Etsy.   
Look for her link to the right side of my blog.

Next up, a twirly dress to go with these pants, same fabric collection.  
 It will be long enough to hide that terrible waist band. 


  1. What a great idea for the yoke! They are beautiful!

  2. Those are awesome! I just love that fabric. I made a whole outfit with a coat lined in that, ruffle pants and a twirly skirt with it! There is a tutorial on for a blue bird that I cut out of the flirt and put on a white t-shirt from Target. I added a ruffle on the shirt to hide my terrible waist band! It would look cute with your pants. Happy sewing!

  3. Such cute pants! I'm glad you were able to make the pattern work.