Well, I finally finished these pants that I'd started here. In a moment, I'm going to tell you about these extremely annoying pants and I how I should always stick with my TNT pattern, but know -- I had to try something different. Oh well, you live and you learn. But anyway, let's talk about this bomb ass top first!
I really love the idea of juxtaposing menswear with feminine details. Windowpane plaid is such a classic and conservative pattern that I wanted to give it a little more oomph with a trendy detail, like this slit sleeve style.
To create this look, I used (OOP) McCall's 6650 as my base. I cut the size 14, I could've gone a little smaller though. I changed the neckline to pleats. BTW, my fabric is this beautiful viscose suiting that I picked up from Fine Fabrics in Atlanta.
I modified the sleeve, here is my Slit Sleeve Tutorial. I used the cuff and just turned it around to match the slit opening.
The top has a back placket opening...
...with 2 buttons and a hook and eye.
Being that this is the season of the sleeve, this is another great one to have in my arsenal. I have a couple more ideas of how I want to work this one into a design.
Now, back to these pants... Just to remind you, this is (OOP) Vogue 1366. My fabric is Buttercup Yellow Stretch Wool Twill from Mood Fabrics.com. I cut the size 14 and I lengthened these by 6 inches. I made a couple of changes since my work-in-progress post. I ended up removing my beautiful front pockets because of pocket show-through. I couldn't unsee them. Sometimes it's completely unavoidable, be I knew that I would be haunted by that every single time I wear these. So they had to go. I also had to make a slight high-hip adjustment. And that threw the grainline off a bit. So I had to redo the pintuck on that leg by putting the pants on and pinning them down the center front while wearing them. I basically became a contortionist.
For the back pockets, I bypassed the instructions and used my own method. Here is my Horizontal Single Welt Pocket Tutorial.
I was pretty pleased with how they turned out.
If you're pretty straight or rectangular, this pattern would probably work better for you out of the envelope. I felt like I was wearing a pair of men's trousers because they were huge in the waist. My waist is about 12" smaller than my hip measurement. So they had to be taken in a lot in the sides and the center back. I do like the waistband and how they look on the inside. Such a professional finish. And those belt loops, one at the center back and 2 more at the sides. They're basically useless. I tried a belt on and it instantly rode up in the front. So they're there simply for decoration.
I'm going to wear these pants, because I worked pretty damn hard on them. But going forward, for a flared or wide leg style, I'm going to stick to my beloved Vogue 9032.