Vogue 1039 - Red Cigarette Pants!

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Yep... I chopped off all of my hair!

Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1039 OOP - Donna Karan

Pattern Sizing: 8-22, I cut the 14.

Fabric: Stretch Cotton Twill

Description: Pants have side front slant pockets, upper inside pocket, contour yoke with back tab, invisible zipper closing and topstitched trim, above ankle length.

Trendy much? LOL! I've been hit by the bright colored pants trend! I read a lot of "street style" fashion blogs and all of those fashionistas have indulged in this trend. I've been seeing brightly-hued pants everywhere and I wanted some too! I can be such a follower! And I also wanted my pants to be a nice transition piece that would carry over into Autumn. So I chose the ankle pants style.

This pattern has been in my collection since... well... since it first debuted. I was never in love with the tunic. A little too maternity-ish for my taste. But I finally found a use for the pants! But to achieve the look that I wanted, it took quite a few alterations.

First, I cut the size 14. I had to do my usual lengthening of around 3 inches. I knew exactly where I wanted the pant hem to fall. The leg was not slim enough. I removed 2 inches from each leg, grading out to the hipline. Also the rise was way too long. I shortened it by 1.75. I noticed that the only other review I could find said the same exact number. And being that the pants are high-waisted, the waist was HUGE! I took around 2 inches out. So it seems as if I probably should have cut a size 12 and just graded out in the hip area.

I will not make this one again, but I'm looking at the new Vogue skinny pants pattern. I would ONLY recommend this one if you (1) already have this pattern because it's out-of-print; (2) know exactly where an ankle pant is supposed to stop on you and (3) are willing to make LOTS of modifications to get the fit right.


Photography by my husband

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47 comments

  1. These are my favorite pants of the summer, seriously! I'm glad you went through all the modifications, because the result is sensational. Beautiful job :)

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  2. This is an awesome look on you! And wow - you really did chop it all off! :)

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  3. Love the red pants, and in fact your whole new look. Kudos to you for having the patience and skill to make the pattern work for you.

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  4. Fantastic colour! And your hair looks great too. Excellent fit on the pants and they hit the ankle just where they should.

    You always look so put-together and perfectly accessorized. :)

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  5. Loving it! Looks so good on you and the red awesome!

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  6. You look positively hip :) I like the hair cut too!

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  7. Wow! You look great! Love the pants!

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  8. Oh yeah, these are classic, mind-blowing cigarette pants. Fabulous on you!!!!

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  9. loving the slim fit pants. they're such a classic piece in my opinion!

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  10. I love the haircut, you have a beautifully feminine face that can pull it off. I cut my hair off and people called me sir all the time. LOL.

    the pants are great too. I hope I get to your level of skill one day. You are an inspiration!

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  11. I love the hair! It looks new? Very clean and modern.

    Oh and I love the pants too!

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  12. Super fab! Great work!

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  13. Love the pants on you! (and am really diggin those shoes!) I came here hoping to see your new "do". Looks great!

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  14. You were right to follow the trend, it fits you!
    And thanks for the review, I know this pant is ,ot for me :-)

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  15. Love your pants! The fit is amazing.
    Love your hair!! I loved your longer hair, but you also rock this totally different style.

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  16. I like the pants. I love the hair!

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  17. After seeing these pants I *had* to comment. Absolutely freaking fabulous! Love the color, the fit is perfect. Well done!

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  18. You are so trendy! Love these vivid pants. Cute hair too!

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  19. You look great! I love this style of pant and that red is so sassy. :) Also, fabulous shoes.

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  20. I didn't think I could find you more fabulous and then you go and big chop! I love those pants (I was trying to find some to buy just this week) but you hair I FLOVE!

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  21. Those pants are perfect ! Love the hair ! I started working on my pants sewing & fit because of your blog. Your Simplicity 2224 White Twill pants post inspired me to try to advance my pants sewing techniques.

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  22. This is a great look for you, you look entirely chic and very French - I would have placed you on the streets of Montreal from this shot. As another poster has said the hair is so modern and current. More great inspiration for the rest of us.

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  23. Amazing pants, the fit is perfect. You are stylish and chic as always. BTW, your hair looks great.

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  24. What a terrific job you've made with altering these pants. The result is amazing !!!! You look fabulous!!!

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  25. Whoa! You your even more amazingly & stunningly chic in these pants than you do in your other creations! Two thumbs & ten toe up!

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  26. I absolutely love it and the new hairstyle, looks fantastic!

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  27. They look great!

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  28. Great pants, and the haircut looks great on you!

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  29. Great pants! Love the red!

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  30. Those are AWESOME!!! I may have to try my hand at sewing pants again. You are always so stylish!!

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  31. YOU LOOK AWESOME! I did a couple of double take before I noticed your comment on having "chopped" your hair. GREAT Look! You are my inspiration!

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  32. Very Grace Jones! Amazing red pants and I love your new hair.

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  33. I absolutely love your haircut. Your pants are amazing too.

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  34. LOVE the hair (but then I'm biased!) and the pants are a great look. The red is a great choice.

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  35. gorgeous! what a great color & fit - you wear them so well!

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  36. Love the pants and love the hair!

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  37. You look fantastic. Those red pants are really great on you

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  38. Love your hair!!! The pants are so cute! I need to make a pair, because of my height when I buy them they are always too long!

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  39. I saw the hair before I saw anything else....you fro girl...it looks great! I LOVE those pants. They hit at the perfect spot on your leg!!!

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  40. I'm loving the hair!!! ...and the outfits are cute too!

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  41. Wow Your hair looks great I bet it's because you have such a beautiful face:).

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  42. LOVE the hair! Those pants were awesome. The whole ensemble is great.

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  43. Wow, you look smoking hot in your red pants. Great fit and very flattering style!

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  44. I like your red pants, Erica! I also like your haircut, though it's been a while since I have visited your site so it was a nice surprise. Change is good...

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  45. Red ankle pants are HOT for this summer! Yours turned out just PERFECT!

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  46. I LOVE the new hairdo. wonderful for summer!

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  47. Love the pants and the hair!

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