Hey Everybody! The weather will be cold here in Montana for a few more months (see pie chart above), so I wanted to show you the easy pair of wool pants I whipped up a month ago. I have taken Pati Palmer’s Pants-Fitting Workshop twice. Although pants fitting remains a mystery to me, I highly recommend the workshop. You may or may not decipher the mystery of the crotch-curve, but you’ll learn a lot. And, you’ll go home with two or three pants patterns fitted by Pati herself (or an equally awesome teacher). Palmer/Pletsch workshops are now available in six different US cities. Here’s a link to check out all the workshops. Pati and her daughter, Melissa Watson, also teach on Craftsy.
My McCall’s No-Side-Seam Pants
During one of my pants classes in Portland, Oregon, Pati fit super-simple M7415 pants to my body. I recently grabbed a few yards of our Designer Woven Wool in Black, Grey and Taupe, and whipped up a pair. They fit perfectly, even though Pati fit the pattern for me many years ago. No-side-seam pants are a little challenging to fit because they only have an inseam and a crotch seam. You want to fit the tissue before you cut out your fabric because there aren’t many opportunities (seams) to alter in fabric. But, once they fit, they are easy to sew!
We have a few loosely woven wools that drape well and are perfect for pants. The Designer Woven Wool in Black, Grey and Taupe I used for this pair was mildly shifty, but the grainline was easy to see, so I was able to position the pattern pieces perfectly. I used pattern weights and a rotary cutter to cut out the pants. The edges did fray a little, so I serged them.
McCall’s No-Side-Seam Pants Conclusions
This project was a great palette-cleanser in the middle of my Flat-Bottom-Flo ordeal (I’m winning that battle, but not easily). I sewed a few seams, inserted some elastic, and BAM, I had a new pair of pants!