I’m in love: Vogue 2578

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I’ve made up these pants three times over the years.  The first was a pair of brown linen; the second pair were in a wool/viscose tweed and this is the most recent version.

I do not have the first two pairs.  I seem to avoid muslins in favour of making up, wearing and tossing, but that’s another blog post altogether.

IMG_1188I know I don’t look like I’m squealing like a little happy piggy in this photo, but I am internally grinning like a Cheshire cat about these trousers.  This pair is a keeper.  I wore these trousers a couple of days ago, and was very disappointed.  Actually, the proper word would be disheartened.  After wearing them all morning, they had stretched out and hung horribly in every possible way they could even if I did underline them.  But I am so in love with this linen that I just couldn’t part with them.  So I studied all the photos I took on Wednesday for the MMM12 challenge and made my adjustments. (You can see the only picture I saved of them from that original wearing here). IMG_1198I took in the waist a couple of inches and tapered the excess down to my hip level (about 9 inches below my waist) at the side seams. I still could adjust the front crotch curve and length, but in true mezzo style, I’ll do that adjustment on the next pair.IMG_1199And can I just say that I really love my new linen pants?  I am so thrilled that I have finally made this pattern fit properly that I want to make up another 16 pairs!  IMG_1200After much thought about lining vs. underlining, I decided I’d underline these ones.  I’ve never underlined a pair of pants.  I must confess I have always been afraid of the underlining shrinking or pulling away or making them hang weirdly after wear and tear, but I decided I’d give it a go with this pair.  Actually, this discussion thread and this thread really swayed me in favour of the underlining this time.IMG_1202I used a pre-shrunk cotton voile and underlined only to the knee.  I overlocked all the seams and bound the bottom of the waistband.  I have to say I really am pleased with this entire project.  I may never line linen pants again.  The voile (not an underlining first choice – organza is always touted as being the premier underlining fabric) really makes a difference about how these pants hang and feel.  Lesson learned!  🙂IMG_1209And can I just say how I love this pattern?  It has all the thinking done for me in the instructions for a fly zipper with an underlay.  Every time I’ve made them, the zipper turns out perfectly, and all I have to do is follow the pattern instructions. IMG_1208 I love to sew, but sometimes I hate the problem-solving that goes into project.  It’s nice to have a good set of pattern pieces and proper instructions for a wonderful result all pre-packaged and ready for you!  This pattern also has separate pieces for lining the pants, complete with instructions on how to line the fly shield.  Gotta love Vogue designer patterns!  You learn so much!

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13 thoughts on “I’m in love: Vogue 2578

  1. Wow these are lovely and I’m wondering if I should buy a Vogue designer pants pattern even if it is above my skill level because of the instructions. Worth it probably.

    1. YES! That’s how I learned so much – by diving into Vogue’s designer patterns and just doing my best to follow the instructions. And sewing up a designer pattern is always *interesting*.

  2. Great looking pants. That pattern should be TNT for you. I was amazed to see your wonderful pants were made from the Guy Larouche pattern I used for many years as my TNT pants pattern. They fit me beautifully too. And I liked the fact it had pattern pieces for the lining included. I stopped using it when I outgrew the largest size in the pattern. I recently dug out some other uncut GL pants patterns from the same era and thought about making them up, hoping to get the same great fit.

  3. Oh, they look beautiful! Wonderful fit and love the linen (my favourite fabric besides wool)! Wish I could get my pants to fit so well.

  4. They look AMAZING. I can imagine how great you feel about them!

    Thanks for the tip about underlining, too. I’m planning to venture into sewing pants soon, so every hint is useful to me 🙂

  5. I’m really in awe of anyone making their own trousers. These are fabulous. I’m so scared of trying to make my own, but your success is really convincing me it’s the best for my shape!

  6. These do look *fab*! Nice fitting ants really are the holy grail of sewing for any woman with hips! I’m off to see if vogue still has this attern for sale:-)

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