I love a TNT (Tried and True) pattern that I can make over and over again and that works in many different fabrics. The pattern gets easier each time I make it, and I’m able to make little tweaks to the tissue so that the garment fits better with each re-making. TNT patterns are hard to come by, however. A pattern has to check a lot of boxes for me to want to make multiples of it, but Sew House Seven’s Free Range Slacks Pattern absolutely checks out!
Don't Judge a Book
I’ll be honest, I thought these slacks were plain pull-on pants when they first came out. I liked the big pockets, but what else did they have to offer? I slowly discovered their magical properties.
First, they have a side panel that slims both the back and front leg lines and also creates more seam lines for alteration;
Second, the elastic casing is cut-on instead of sewn-on, which creates a slimmer waistline silhouette. Yay!
Third, this pattern uses French Seams which makes for a nice clean finish, and who doesn’t love that?
The photos on the cover of the pattern show the pants in stiff fabrics, which doesn’t do them justice. The Manchester Yarn-Dyed Cotton in Peacock we used for my version is very lightweight – more often used for a shirt than a pant. But I think it worked marvelously for this pattern, and I definitely recommend using a lightweight woven over a heavier one when it comes to these slacks.
Getting Ready to Sew
I made a video in which I lengthened the Free Range pattern, and then I asked our seamstress, Bonnie, to make me a pair! She made Version #1 with a tapered leg out of the aforementioned Manchester Cotton. For reference, I have a 36-inch inseam. I lengthened the pants four inches, which still turned out to be not quite enough. #tallpersonproblems
However, the only alteration I made to these pants was to lengthen them. In my video, I raised the waistband, but I didn’t need to. The Free Range Slacks are very high-waisted.
These pants will join The Sewing Workshop Liberty Shirt, Cashmerette Ames Jeans, and Angela Wolf’s Ruched Tee in my pile of TNT patterns. Be on the lookout for pictures of me in these made of any (or all) of our Tencels and Tencel blends!