This outfit drove me crazy over the past two weeks. The idea for making these track pants started out when I saw the ones that Adrienne made and most recently Erica B and Mimi. They were stylist and looked very comfortable so right away I knew I needed a pair also.
I chose McCalls 5889 which I believe is OOP. These pants are describe on the pattern envelope as 1 hours pull-on pants so I figure I could get away with not doing a muslin, boy was I wrong. After cutting and sewing the pants together and trying them on I realized there were issues. First, the crotch was too long. They looked like harem pants on me. My first thought was maybe if I pulled them up and tighten the elastic waist it would look better, no it didnt. Pulling them up created a high waisted look and shortened the length of the pants which didn't work for me. I then thought about cutting another pair, however I didn't have enough fabric left over, only had a 1/2 yard. All I could think of at this point was there goes my vision of these pants and to top it off I wasted my fabric. I was frustrated so I left it alone for a day so I could clear my head and think of a way to make it work.
Since I had only 1/2 yard to work with I know that I needed to length the pants and lower the waist line to make it work for me. The first thing I did was to lower the waist line by cutting of 2 inches which was perfect after I tried it on. The next thing I needed to do was add length to the pant legs. I decided to use the 1/2 yard by adding panels. I cut the pattern in three pieces right around the knee area. I used the middle piece of the pattern to cut four 8 inch pieces that I sewed together on each side and attach one to each leg to add length.
I did a top stitch on the seam to give it a finished look. I added 1" elastic to bottom hemline to create the look. I lengthen it just enough to add more fullness at the bottom that was my vision for these pants. I didn't want them too short or too close fitting.
To complete these pants I added a elastic waist using 1 inch non-roll elastic.
The Vest - Butterick 4684
My original plan for this outfit was a tunic top over a pair of track pants. I contructed the tunic before I made the pants. I started out cutting view E from this butterick pattern. What attracted me to this pattern was the v-neck and the side slits. Fast, easy and comfortable - It didn't work for me. Something was very off with the fit in the bust area and the v-neck. I dont know if it had something to do with the fabric I used which was a stretch gaberdine type fabric. The pattern suggest a lightweight fabric such as crepe or faille. I experienced a lot of pulling across the bust and the neckline puckered and didn't want to lay flat . I know I cut the right size based on the finished measurement, there should have been enough ease in that area. but it just wasn't working for me. Once again I needed to make it work. I just didn't want to waste my fabric and loose my vision. After thinking about it I decide why not turn it into a vest. So I cut it straight down the front and added side panels of lace to jazz it up a bit.
I surged all edges, stitched single fold bias tape around the arm hole and front edges,folded over and stitched it down for a clean finished look on the inside.
Overall, I am very very satisfied with the outcome this outfit. I know that these pieces will be part of my regular rotation together or as separates match with other items in my wardrobe. I most definitely will be making these pants in the near future.