Hot Patterns 1016 - Riviera Hello, Sailor! Pants

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Lace up sailor pants, $124; McQ Sailor pants, $510.

Project Details:

Pattern: Hot Patterns 1016
Fabric: Denim (100% cotton)
Lining: Lightweight broadcloth (poly/cotton blend)
Notions: Twelve 1/2" button, two 3/4" buttons, fourteen 1/4" eyelets and 1 yd of cord

Description: "Every girl needs a pair of sexy-casual Sailor Pants! Try this funky style, designed for fabrics like denim, faille, twill, or heavy linen, but just as fabulous in any solid colored, smooth textured, medium weight Pants fabric. Slim-fit Sailor Pants have a super-flattering flared-bootcut leg, with a deep stitched hem and optional front & back creases. Pants feature back darts, a front buttoned panel and buttoned waistband, with lacing at the back. Contoured waistband finishes at the natural waist; contrast or self colored topstitching adds a clean, crisp finish. Try these yummy Sailor Pants as a perfect resort or dressy alternative to Jeans, and team them with our Riviera Pennant Blouse or our Riviera Once, Twice, Three Times a T-Shirt for a breezy, warm-weather look."

As you know, I had a rocky start with this pattern until Trudy got me on the right path. Once I figured out the flap, the instructions were a breeze and the drafting was impeccable. There was nothing about this pattern that I disliked! As with any pants pattern, I altered the length. I added 4 1/8" to the length. I made my alteration 1" below the knee. I also took in the side seams right below the waistband to right above the hip, around 1/2" on each side. Here is a peek at the inside. Here is the back. I really love the corseted back. This is my favorite part.

On the notions list, it stated around 1/2 yd of cord or lacing. Well, when I was buying it, I looked at the length and it didn't look long enough. I bought a yard and I'm glad I did. Actually, I could have bought 2 yds if I really wanted some length. Trudy advised that I could use beads on the ends and I went with that. I found some really pretty filigree type spacers that I thought would look great and capture the essence of the buttons. Also, the instructions suggested around 8 eyelets. That didn't seem like enough to hold the back closed. Since there is no facing in the back, I decided to use 14 (like the Marc Jacobs pants). The pants are finished with a 2" topstitched hem.

All in all, I was very impressed with this pattern. It lacked all of the excessive design ease that the Big 4 is notorious for. The waistband fit perfectly and that's a part that I always seem to have to tweak for a decent fit. If this is a style that you would be interested, I highly recommend this pattern. I will probably sew this one over in a black wool crepe for Fall.

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