Review: Simplicity 1696 | Printed Pants!

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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.
Blazer is Simplicity 2446, reviewed here.  This is my TNT blazer pattern until I find one that's more incredible than this one.  And the top is the Vogue 8815.

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62 comments

  1. This might be one of my favorite outfits on you! I love the pants and this line 'Well, they were real and I was a little disappointed. *Womp, womp* ' has me laughing at my desk!

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  2. One of my absolute favorite looks Eb. Work it!

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  3. Amazing. Love the pants. But really, it's the blazer I can't take my eyes off!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! It's one of my favorites!

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  4. So nice, and that fit is amazing. Yet again another lovely ensemble.

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  5. I follow your blog and hardly make comments but I have to say that you made those pants a must have and you look Fantastic.

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  6. We must REALLY not be the same size anymore. A 14?!?! :) I've intended these for forever and haven't made them. I think my floral fabric will become S1696!!

    Did you have to peg the leg at all or is it a miracle of miracles that the pant is actually slim?!

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    1. And still had to nip them in at the waist and CB! They would look great in floral! I sewed the legs up using the 1" seam allowances and they turned out perfect! Thanks Mrs. Smith!

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  7. Great print for those pants! I just made this pattern, too in a plain black wool crepe. I chose the curvy ones and am very happy with the way they turned out. The way they had you put in the zipper gave me fits for some reason, so I'll try the Betzina method next time.

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    1. I plan to make these in black also. My current black pants are falling off me. And I love the cut of these so much that I need them in other colors. Thanks sewtransformed.com!

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  8. Gorgeous outfit, Erica, I love the colors and the pants are a perfect fit.

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  9. Fantastic fabric and fit. Again, thank you for the inside details! Why didn't you just add real welt pockets?

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    1. Honest answer? I was too lazy to draft a pocket bag or find another pattern! LOL Thanks Grace!

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  10. Great looking outfit. Thanks for sharing the details on your pants.

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  11. OMGoodness Ms Erica! You are SLAYING me.

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  12. Wow, so crisp! The designer should thank you for making her fabric look so good! :o)

    I tried following the link for the zipper tutorial, but it went nowhere.

    JJ
    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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    1. Sorry you had trouble with the link. It worked for me, so I can't call what's wrong with it. But if you just google "Sandra Betzina zipper tutorial", it will come up in several places. Thanks DressUpNotDown.

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  13. I really love this fabric.....it is perfect for these pants. The whole outfit is awesome and looks wonderful on you! I just went to Mood and ordered this fabric.

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    1. Great! I hope you enjoy as much as I am! Thanks sewmadd!

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  14. Another perfectly made outfit. The print and fit of the pants are great. The color of the blazer highlights the print of the pants. Gorgeous!

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  15. Those pants have my name written all over it...except that they are yours! I love the print you used. Gorgeous.

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  16. You nailed it as usual! The color combo is perfect! Definitely a 5 star outfit!

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  17. Stunning pants that work to perfection with the yellow jacket. Printed pants are a trend worth latching onto.

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  18. These pants looks fabulous on you. I must check out this pattern. And I love the navy and white with the bright yellow. Stunning combination.

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  19. Great find! That pattern really is lovely!

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  20. Two words: JUST FABULOUS!!!!!!

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  21. As always gorgeous and stylish!

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    1. Thanks Remembering..OZ!

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  22. beautiful outfit and I love those pants. You are killing it girl, looking good!

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    1. Thanks makingtheflame!

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  24. I just love your creations, I am visiting GA from Dubai..... Can you recommend a fabric store that I should go to? Something other than Joann's

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    1. You should try Fine Fabrics and Gail K. Thanks!

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  25. Fantastic, as usual. I am loving all of the detail shots!

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  26. I love this outfit! The pants are stellar!!

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  27. Hi Erica,
    I found you in Vogue magazine and you've become a favorite. I just want to tell you about these amazing pants - V1366. I know the first thing you see is the blouse and that's what caught my friends eye, but the first thing I saw was the pants and they fit right out of the package and also have true welt pockets. I think you should give them a try.

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    1. Vogue 1366 is already pulled out for fall sewing! Thanks!

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  30. Fabulous pants—they fit you like a dream, and look great!

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  31. Great pants and fabric! I'm curious, what kind of fabric is it? I think the fabric is sold out, and the link doesn't show any details. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Funny you commented here. I was just buying fabric to make another pair. I don't remember the full fabric content, but it is some kind of machine washable cotton blend Lycra. It's the weight of a lightweight denim and they were really comfortable and cool to wear in July. Thanks!

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  32. I'm stuck at step 16 and would love some advice! Is there any way we can connect? I'm living somewhere temporarily and don't have any sewing friends here. Since you have actually made the pants I though maybe you could help me out. Let me know! I'll send you my info!

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