As Fall/Winter is finally in place, we are loving the weather and sewing inspirations online. We love looking for sewing inspiration as well as seeing our designer overstock fabric be given a second chance in life!! We could not help but place a tab to read and re-read Sew Not Perfect's Blog. Great reviews and helpful info on apparel fabrics!! Plus she loves apparel fabrics as much as we do! Check out her blog HERE!
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"As I type, I am wearing a pair of the most comfortable pants. Ever. And, I sewed them for myself using the new M is for Moto Joggers women's pattern* from Hatchlings Patterns and the softest, most buttery feeling french microterry fabric from LA Finch Fabrics . The fabric is fantastic. You know when you've had a favorite t-shirt for years and it is so soft you can't bear to part with it? That is how this fabric feels. You should grab some of this fabric for yourself before they sell it all! Not only is it soft, it is NOT see through, even though it has a light background. No underwear colors or lines showing through! LA Finch Fabrics has several fabric choices in jersey and terry that would be great for these pants. If you use an amazingly soft fabric with this super comfortable pattern, you’ll probably wear these pants every chance you get, like me! Usually, I wouldn't think of myself as a (moto) jogger person (do you ever feel like you are too old, or not cool enough to wear certain styles?). I generally do not leave the house in sweats or sneakers. It's just not my thing. I wear lounge pants at home all the time, but I couldn't even find my sneakers when I looked for them today. But these pants! They are so comfortable and don't look sloppy, so I actually wore them in public today. It was dreamy walking around so comfortable and not feeling like I looked like I just rolled out of bed. "
"I really like the pattern and am glad to recommend it. Liz at Hatchlings isn't new to sewing or designing, but this pattern is her first pattern for women. She owns a cloth nappy/diaper
company and has a couple other pdf patterns (a cool taco clutch* , pants for babies*). She has been sewing since childhood and drafting patterns since her teens and is familiar with industrial sewing. Every time I corresponded with her, she happily answered my questions and responded quickly. I was impressed with her timely responses and it was clear she had researched and made thoughtful choices while working on this pattern. I'm sure she knows more about sewing and designing than I do but she was patient and willing to answer my questions about her and her pattern."
You can read the pattern details and description on the Hatchlings website, but here are a few notes that I would point out (in my own words):
● The size chart and instructions for adjusting the pants are spot on. Trust them. I do not fit on the size chart nicely at all. My hips are a medium, my waist is too big for the chart at all, and my leg length is also off the chart (shorter than the XXS). But, by following the sizing suggestions in the instructions, I sewed a medium for width, and XXS for length (and subtracted an additional 2 inches at each of the lengthen/shorten
points), and didn't worry about the waist measurement since it is designed to sit two inches below the belly button (so, yes, these could make great maternity pants, too!) I am accustomed to modifying women's pattern to fit me, and I often make a muslin first, but this time I followed every recommendation in the pattern and made no muslin and they came out exactly as you see in the pictures, which I think is a great fit both for width and for length.
● 1/4" seam allowance included in the pattern. This is not my personal preferred seam allowance, but being that I did most all of it with my serger, I had no problem and actually liked the way the 1/4" seam allowance helped keep a slim fit along the seams of the pants. I removed the blade from my serger and ran the fabric at the 1/4" mark. The seams matched up well and with the knit, I think a larger seam allowance would have created more bulk.
● Clean, clear, concise instructions. I appreciated that they are easy to follow with clear photos and are not overly wordy.
● For serger or sewing machine. I used my serger almost completely (except to stitch elastic closed and then to stitch the waistband after turning it down.
● Waistband elastic is serged to pants, then turned under and sewn with a double needle (I used single needle with stretch thread in the bobbin) or coverstitched in to place. I chose a flat waistband, but you can also choose to run several rows of stitching for an athletic look. At first I wondered if I would dislike that the waistband and cuff seams are not enclosed. Then I compared to my other RTW lounge pants which don't have enclosed seams, and I thought about how I don't mind taking time to do those finishes on dresses and button down shirts, but I don't even notice the seams while wearing these pants, and since they are serged, it's not a problem at all. In fact, I was glad not to have to stitch in any ditches for this project!
● Moto knee patch is one of the pattern options and it looks really cool. Check out other bloggers on the tour who I am sure will choose to incorporate that option.
● With several options for lengths, and the option for the knee patch or not, I really love Liz's instructions for best lengthening or shortening and that she includes two separate cuff pieces (one for full length, one for capri length, since your leg is a difference circumference at each place).
● As always with knits, be sure you are not stretching the fabric as you sew or serge and don't let the feed dogs pull the fabric. You should gently feed the fabric under the presser foot so that you don't get rippled seams.
● I love the feel of the pockets in these pants, but I would probably only add pockets next time if I were using a thicker knit. And I am really happy with how well the length and taper of the pant turned out. Seriously, when you make yourself a pair, follow the size chart and fit instructions no matter what you usually sew.
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