December 17, 2012

Sew: Orange Colette Clovers

The second item that I sewed before we left on holidays were a pair of bright orange Clovers. I really like the style and comfort of these slim fit pants. I've used this pattern a few times before and feel that I'm making good progress with the fit. I am determined to perfect it. I've even signed up for a pants fitting course through Tessuti. There will definitely be more Clovers in the future!


Project Details
Pattern: Colette Clover Pants
Fabric: Bright orange stretch cotton drill from The Fabric Store
Alterations: Size 14!!, straightened the hip curve, raised back rise by 1cm, inserted tear-away Vilene to waistband

Unfortunately, the fabric does bag out a bit with wear and I plan to unpick the zip and take the side seams in another 1.5cm and possibly also take the inseam in another 0.5cm, particularly through the hip area in an attempt to eliminate some of that crutch bagginess.

I used some left over Liberty Wiltshire for the waistband facing and inserted tear-away Vilene to stabilise the waist. This worked a charm.

Happy Sewing!

L x


  1. Love these orange pants (it is my favourite colour and I am a fan of slim-line pants :) Perfecting the Perfect-Pants-For-Me is what I am working on at the moment. Each time I make Pants, I think I am getting closer - but there can be many variables! Maybe I should head to Melbourne to visit family and slyly time it with a Tessuti course!

  2. They look fantastic and the colour is perfect with the Marc Jacobs tee! I think your fit is great - you could definitely go a bit tighter as you say - the slimline really suits you.

  3. Love the colour and it looks like you've just about perfected the fit. It' a shame that stretch drill bags out during the day because it's so comfortable to wear.

  4. Your success with Clovers has inspired me to buy this pattern. It is on my to do list for the New Year. I love the orange!

  5. Great color! I love them. However, I don't think taking them in more is the solution on fit. If you do change them, I think letting a bit out on the back side only to the inside and outside seams (1/2" total) will eliminate the stress lines under your bum and smooth the ones on the side. I think there isn't enough length on the back crotch and the back is being pulled through to the front.


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