Sometimes when I am going out, I want to pull on something quickly, be super comfortable, and still feel like I’m wearing something unique and stylish. I decided to make a casual pair of wide-legged pants as an interesting alternative to jeans for Fresh Make #6.
The pattern I choose was McCall’s 6514. I purchased this pattern for $1.40 as part of a 5 McCall’s patterns for $7.00 sale. I named this pattern My Chill Pants because these pants seem like a something you might pull on when you are going to just lounge around with friends. Or when you are going out to dinner and don’t want to feel constricted after a great meal.
I have to admit that I rarely shop for fabric at JoAnn’s. It is the only fabric store within miles of my house, and sometimes as a last resort I need buy fabric there. The fabric for this project was purchased at JoAnn’s because I was under a time constraint, and, I have to say I really like it! It is a light weight polyester knit with smooth feel and nice drape. I actually had these pants stuffed in a suitcase for 10 days, and when I unpacked them, they barely had a wrinkle. The fabric cost $10.49 on sale per yard. The pattern requires 2 3/8 yards.
LET’S BE HONEST:
1. This pattern had no surprises for me!
2. This pattern is labeled EASY. I would say that a fairly accurate label, accept for the waist band features. Sewing the side seams together at the waist was a bit tricky, and the front yoke requires hand stitching on the inside facing.
3. The front yoke piece is the only area where fitting is crucial because it needs to hit exactly at the middle of the sides of your waist. I cut that piece exactly between the size 14 and 16, and it worked out perfectly. The legs are so full, it doesn’t really matter what size you cut!
4. The only alterations I made to the pattern pieces before cutting was I took 1 inch off the crotch length and 2 inches off the hem length. Since I’m not the tallest person in the world, I ended up cutting off a few more inches off the bottom of the legs when I hemmed the pants.
Overall I am very happy with my Chill Pants. They couldn’t possibly be more comfortable or easy to care for.
As always, I appreciate you taking the time read my post and welcome your comments. Happy sewing! Lori
These look like a great cross between a maxi skirt & pants, & way more stylish than leggings. That being said I still have skirt #1 on the top of my list of things to make when I have the time…hmm…decisions, decisions!
It is hard to find the time to sew, isn’t! I hope you do. I have really enjoyed wearing my homemade makes the last few months.
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I linked to this post in my pattern review for these pants as yours came out better than my wadder.
Honestly, out of all my posts, these pants I feel the most uncomfortable about. They make me look heavier. I think you need to be a size 0 to look good in these pants. Sometimes I think about deleting this post, but I’m committed to sharing all different styles. Thank you for thinking mine turned out better than yours!
Love these pants…Best type of pants for the pear shaped woman..(that’s me).
They look good – at some angles they look like a long full skirt.