I bought this great Rebecca Minkoff fabric from Mood Fabrics because, well... because it was pretty! I'm so particular about prints that when I find a printed fabric that I love, I'm almost giddy. I can usually track down the RTW finished products of a particular designer fabric, but I had no luck with this one. But I know that Rebecca Minkoff does prints really well and I decided that this one needed to be pants.
This pattern is Simplicity 1696. And before I even start, I'm going to tell you right now that these will be made again. I love this pattern! It's already been added to my TNT list.
I cut the size 14 in the average cut. I added 3" to the length. This pattern is drafted with 1" seam allowances for fitting. I probably could have cut the slim version, but I liked being able to really tailor this for a more personal fit. I eliminated the carriers, so I had to take in the waist a lot.
For the order of construction, the front pockets are done first...
and then the fly front...
and the zipper.
Okay... when I got to step #14, I used the Sandra Betzina Easy Fly-Front Zipper method. And I added the underlap at step #19.
And this is how they turned out:
And here are the faux welt back pockets:
So, when I saw this pattern (without reading first), I thought those were real welt pockets. Cool... I haven't done any in a while and I thought it would be great practice. Well, they weren't real and I was a little disappointed. *Womp, womp*
That was the only downside to this pattern. But I will find another pattern and make a great pair of wool trousers with REAL welt pockets for fall.