I love my Otto #11 5/2016 pants. Except for the lantern leg part. Now that I’ve got all my winter pants out, I discovered that I have 5 pairs with a lantern leg variation. I don’t like to wear them. They are too casual. Too much like sweat pants. So why do I love to see this style on other ladies? I don’t know. But I do like the fit of these #11’s and want to make them the right length without the lantern part.
I pull out the pattern and after some self-debate add 4″ length to the leg at the bottom. I continue the inseam and side seams at the same angle so it may add a little circumference at the hem. A little, I can offset later. I walk the seams because I’ve found every alteration is a built-in opportunity for error.
Then I choose a fabric. Not too sure about this fabric. It’s a firm Ponte which should be good for pants but seems a little light for pants, especially winter pants. Still it will make a decent muslin even if the black photos poorly. It’s already fit, right? So the question should be: have I created the right leg length for me and maybe does adding leg length have an effect on drape.
I cut the fabric and start the relatively quick sew. It fits, right? So I continue confidently as if I making a 4th pair. I top stitch a faux-fly because I like the look and also top stitch a faux front-pocket. I like the look of these details but don’t want to spend much time. The more I handle this fabric the more I think it’s not a good choice for pants but maybe OK for a muslin and even winter long johns. I should add that it has 25% stretch. My previous fabric had 20 and 30%. Being right in the middle of that stretch range, I expect the pants to feel nice. They don’t.
Even after scooping the crotch, they look weird:
I think it’s safe to say they are too tight and that the crotch, even double scooped, is too short. This is just an ugly pair of pants complete with camel toe. To my disgust the hem circumference is about 20″. I’m continually seeking that pattern with a slim leg of about 16-18″. I can do better with PP113 and the Eureka’s The only redeeming feature in this pair I see is that I may have added the right length for the leg. Now stitched up, I truly hate this fabric. Don’t even want to wear it as long johns. I’m wondering how I can avoid a future purchase. Part of me says, I really should finish this pair of pants. Learn what it takes to correct the pattern. Another part of me says, be done with it. Quit ruining fabric. Go back to the TNT’s and work them. I made this post just so in the future I can remind myself why I quit using the pattern 1) don’t like sweat suit type pants; and 2) the last version (this one) sucks.