March 04, 2012

Finished!! Colette Patterns Clover Pants

I am so very happy about these pants! I read reviews and googled pictures of them for months before finally embarking on making them. I was expecting them to be a lot of trouble but I was pleasantly surprised. I am wearing them with my Tiny Pocket Tank.

Project Details
Pattern: Colette Patterns Clover Pants
Fabric: Stretch Navy Cotton Drill from Tessuti Fabrics Melbourne
Notions: 10" invisible zip

Fitting Notes
From my muslin test run, I made a size 18 sizing down to size 16 during the fabric fit. I then straightened the centre front seam and made it more like a right angle (by about 1cm) to remove the bagginess I get in the crotch. I then raised the centre back by 1cm by adding tissue to the paper. When I cut my fashion fabric, it had more stretch so I took in the side seams by another 1cm. I got a lot of bubbling on my hips. You know the bit between your love handles and tops of your things? Where the dint is? So I straightened the hip curve to eliminate this. Worked like a charm!

I used the book Pants for Real People heavily during this make and strongly suggest buying this book if you want to understand fitting process of pants.

There is still a little bit of extra fabric in the crotch area but I think I can live with that. Any suggestions? Next up, a pair in charcoal herringbone wool suiting I picked up at The Fabric Store.

I finished the waistband facing with some lovely navy and white spot binding that I bought in Tokyo last year. Every time I put them on, I think of our lovely holiday. That makes me smile!

L x



  1. Looks like you've done a lovely job of your pants. Love them with your tank. The spotty binding is a sweet little touch.

  2. They look great! Love the binding too. I have no ideas re: the crotch area - it is easy to be too critical of ourselves - they look perfect to me!

  3. Oh wow those are very beautiful .Your excitement is clearly justified! I want to tell youtrue religion shorts is my favorite and hope you can come in and see.


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