Not Your 1970′s Polyester Double Knit Pants

Remember those?  A few nights ago at the dinner table, I told Mr. Asisewit, that I was so excited to finish up my new knit pants.  He laughed out loud and told me that every time I referred to the knit pants I was making all he could think of was the  1970′s polyester double knit pants.  Cringe.  I am here to report that I DID NOT make a pair of those.

I used Katherine Tilton’s Vogue 8837.  The pattern includes a skirt as well, which I have made twice.  You can read about them HERE and HERE.

I was drawn to this pattern because of the front detail.  I like the equestrian look about them and I am an equestrian kinda girl so that makes sense right?  I used a luscious chocolate brown ponte knit that I picked up at a new fabric store in the big city.  The name of said store is CLOTH.  Isn’t that a great fabric store name?  Here is their Facebook page. Anyway, I plan to head back in there and buy me some more of this lovely stuff in other colors.  I hope they still have some.

Can I just say, it is really difficult to take photos of pants, by yourself.  Ack!  Anywho, these pants were a kick to sew up.  Just fun sewing all the way around.  I tissued fitted the pattern and decided that a medium would work.  The pattern comes in XS-S-M and L-XL-XXL.  I added 2 inches to the side seams and 2 inches at the waist for fitting purposes, but as it turned out I didn’t need any of it.  I did re-stitch the crotch seam after the first fitting.  I used Maria Denmark’s very scientific method to adjust the seam.  You can read about her method HERE.  It worked great.  In the photo below you can see the original seam (the one closest to the edge of the fabric) and then the new seam (inside the original seam).

Big difference, yes?  On a side note, why are these seams so difficult?  My sweatpants from Walmart, made in China have a better crotch curve than most sewing patterns.  It can’t be that hard, can it?

Now I have already said that taking pant photos by yourself is hard.  So you don’t get a back view, but you get this.

Isn’t that front seaming fun?  You might notice that I omitted the cuff, actually you might have noticed that I haven’t hemmed them yet, and look how short they are.  The pattern says that the finished length is 40 inches for all sizes.  I am 5’5″ish if that helps at all.  I buy my jeans by the inseam length.  I think that measurement would be much more helpful when trying to figure out if you need to lengthen or shorten the pattern.

It is rather ridiculous how happy I was wearing these pants yesterday.  They are so comfortable.  When Mr. Asisewit got home from work, he agreed that they weren’t those dreaded 70′s pants.  V8837 for the win.

I have enough of this dream to sew with fabric left over to make a skirt.  Maybe I will get that done this weekend.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

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11 thoughts on “Not Your 1970′s Polyester Double Knit Pants

    1. Glad I could provide you some humor. This lovely Ponte fabric is Rayon and spandex. Heaven. I do admit that polyester has come along way and I even have some in my stash. :)

  1. The detail on the front of these are great – so much better than just a plain ‘ol leg. I think I need to get me one of those crotch curves as I’m sure that is the tweak my jeans are needing. The fit is awesome and most definitely NOT the 70s revisited!

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