Vogue 1051 - Not So Average Khakis

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Project Details

Pattern: Vogue 1051 - Alice + Olivia
Fabric: Gabardine
Lining/Contrast: Batiste
Notions: 7" Zipper, Three Hook and Eye Closures, Two 1/2" Buttons

Description: Slightly flared legged pants (semi-fitted through the hip) have below-waistline contour waistband with fly zipper closing, front and back welt pockets, back button loops and contrast waistband facing.

I liked this pattern from the moment I saw it and thought that it would make a great pair of "not so average khakis". I wanted something with some style, that wouldn't look like a pair of Dickies work pants. This pattern is the same as the Alice + Olivia retail version:

The directions were fine. The only time I looked at them was only when I was doing the welt pockets. I didn't have to make a lot of alterations... just my normal lengthening. What I absolutely LOVE about these pants are the wide, contoured waistband. I was kind of leery at first, because there is no CB seam on the waistband. But these pants are so well drafted that there is not the least bit of gappage and I didn't have to do any tweaking. The waistband facing is done with a contrasting fabric. I decided to use the same batiste I used for the pocket bags. In lieu of buttons, three hook and eye closures are used, which leaves a clean front. I really like the welt pockets also. The front pockets are plain and the back ones have a loop button closure. I finished them with a 1 1/2" hem. I really like this one and I will probably use it again for Fall in a heavier fabric.

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