Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ottobre 02/2006-11 wide-leg pants

A week or so ago, Mr. Postman delivered a package full of goodies to my door.
Awesome, right?!? Thank you, Connie!!! As you know, I am a bit of an Ottobre addict, so as soon as they arrived I traced off a pair of pants and went to work.
These are from the 02/2006 issue, model #11. It is a nice basic pant pattern with wide legs, fitted through the torso and a shaped waistband.
Here they are tucked in, so you can see the whole pant. The waistband is fairly wide and high, which I really like. It falls about 2 inches below my actual waist. 
The legs are cut straight down from the hip, so there is plenty of volume there. I really like this shape for me, as it balances my fuller bustline. They are also quite comfortable to wear.
The fabric I used is a semi sheer linen from FabricMart, so I lined the pants with Ambiance. They feel lovely on. The pocketing and facings are poly/cotton batiste.
I'm pretty pleased with the fit, although this is a more forgiving style in that regard. I decided to forgo a muslin and just compared the pattern pieces to another pant pattern that fit well. Alterations I made were to lengthen the rise 1 inch both back and front, scooped out about 1/2 inch in the back crotch and 1/4 inch in front, as well as lengthening the back crotch hook 1/4 inch. After the pants were assembled (but not lined or faced) I took an additional inch off at the CB waist. The waistband is seamed, so this was an easy fix to make.
Between the comfortable, loose fit and the soft, breathable fabric, I think these pants are going to be a wardrobe favorite, and I'll definitely be making this pattern again.


Sarahbelle said...


I love linen, and these pants are great! I have always loved a shaped waistband - easy to fit, and so comfortable to wear. I may invest in this issue of Ottobre, myself.

BTW: If you ever want to wear those pants to a more dressy occasion, and look more polished, ironing will totally crisp up that linen, put in a sharp crease, and completely change the character of the pants.
My press puts in a perfectly sharp crease, and is a life-saver, here. Come on over, and I let you use it.

Amy Stanton said...

Your pants turned out great! I also prefer wide legged trousers on my figure. Your sewing is always inspiring to me :)

Sewing by Shirley said...

Those look fabulous! I love Ottobre. I'm becoming an addict to their patterns too, for good reason. The fit is always good for me and my children.

My One and Only said...

Great job! I am returning to sewing and also love, love, love Ottobre magazines. So far I have only one...for kids, though.

Anonymous said...

Great linen trousers. I'm keen on widelegs too - so over the skinny jean look now.

Marie said...

They look fantastic - a really great staple for your wardrobe. Does the lining help with wrinkling do you think?

Unknown said...

I really like these! The colour and fabrics are very summery, and they look great on you.

Anonymous said...

Great trousers Katie!! Love the colour, fabric and the wide sailor type legs. Very chic and summery! :)

The Hojnackes said...

These are nice! I really need to try an Ottobre pattern for myself one of these days. The kids' patterns are great, and I'm sure I'd be pleased with the women's patterns.

meli88a said...

Ohmy, those pants look so summery and breezy and you say they're lined in Ambiance? I love wearing Ambiance, that sounds divine.