Sunday, December 9, 2012

Update #2 and a bit of a Pattern Review

Next up on my completed list is the Clever Charlotte Peridot pants. Description from the website:  "The slim [Peridot] Pants showcase a row of small covered buttons at the ankles, and the fitted waist with side zipper lends a tailored look."

Since the pants are a slim fit, I designated this pair for MG.  Going by her waist measurement I traced off a size 4. MG is small for her age but is all legs so I added 3 inches to the length of the pants.  FYI, the sizing on the Clever Charlotte patterns runs a little large in my opinion so it's key to check the body measurement chart when deciding what size to use.


Peridot Pants
pattern:  Clever Charlotte Peridot Pants
size:  4 with added length
fabric:  brown cotton twill
                                  
 
I was a little unsure how the button placket would work.  But I followed the directions and sure enough, it came together.  After sewing a pair, Nicole recommended neatening the raw edges of the cut out pants before sewing.  I agree! 
 
 
Peridot Pants
 
Like Nicole, I ended up adding elastic to the back waistband. 

My first invisible zipper went in perfectly and matched the pants' fabric.  Per the instructions, I had MG try the pants on after sewing the zipper but before stitching the waistband facing down.  The pants were difficult to zip. Once zipped, they fit like a glove and looked great on her...but the back waistband gaped a bit in the center back so I knew that I needed to add a bit of elastic.  I also had MG squat down to make sure the pants would be comfortable to wear at school and it became obvious that they were too snug. 
 
To add some more ease, I ripped out the side seams from about mid thigh up and restitched them with a 1/4" seam allowance.  I also ripped out and restitched the crotch seam with a narrower seam allowance.  When it came time to sew the zipper in again, I made sure to not stitch quite so close to the teeth so that it would be easier to zip. 
 
MG tried the pants on again and as we were tugging the zipper pull, the freakin' thing broke.  @#$%  Yeah, I was not a happy camper.
 
Out came the seam ripper again.

 
Peridot Pants
 
As you can see, the replacement zipper is green and didn't go in as nicely as the first zipper did. 
 
After taking these photos, I decided to take the zipper out and sew up the side seam.  MG was still having trouble zipping the pants by herself. She's never had problems with zippers before but I think the combination of an invisible zip, the location on the side, and the slim fit of the pants did her in.  Maybe if I had used a stretch twill that would have given us enough ease (after I let out the seams) to alleviate the zipper problems.  But I didn't.  Thankfully, with elastic in the back the pants pull down and back up just fine. 
 
Peridot Pants
 
The shank buttons I ended up using were liberated from my mom's stash.;) 
 
 
Peridot Pants
 
Having had these cut out for so long the inevitable happened...MG grew a bit!  If I had hemmed the pants according to the instructions they would have been too short for my taste.  I chose to bind the hems with some Liberty bias binding that I had won from Angela at Sew Mental Mama last year.  (The top MG is wearing is made from Liberty jersey that was part of the prize package too.  It's a happy coincidence that she was wearing it when I asked her to model the pants.)
 
Overall, I like the finished pants.  The slim fit looks great on MG and the buttons on the side are a great detail.  It's important to get the fit right which I struggled a bit with initially.  Next time, I'll use my mom's serger to finish all the raw edges before sewing.  And I think I might bind the edges of the button placket on the inside for a cleaner finish.  Yes, there will be another pair but not until after Christmas!
 
 
Peridot MG
 
 
 
 




21 comments:

  1. I LOVE the Liberty trim! You know what they call those kind of "mistakes?" Design Opportunities!

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  2. They look great on and so many tips here. I love the slim fit and agree that Clever Charlotte runs a little large too.

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  3. Way cute pants and I really appreciate the honest pattern review! I agree CC runs a bit large, too. The 3T Kestrel Coat I made Em last fall fits her perfectly this year (which is good - i want long life out of my handmades!).

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  4. These are super cute! I'd like some for myself!

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  5. LOVE the buttons, Cindy!!! I agree with Natalie. I'd totally wear these... well maybe not a child's size 4. I really like the slim fit and the bias trim for the hem.

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  6. Way to persevere! I love the buttons and think the bias tape on the hems looks really cute.

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  7. I really like your choices of buttons and adding the Liberty of London bias tape. Bravo to you for not giving up !
    Can't believe she's outside barefoot & without a coat as we just got 11"+ of snow this weekend and baby it's cold outside !

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    1. haha I thought the same thing, we got a foot yesterday!

      Really cute Cindy, I like the way the trim finishes it! I don't envy your zipper battle at all! Better you than me- they might have gone back to the finish later pile ;)

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  8. A really good review Cindy,I may try binding that seam too.
    Super snappy trousers.
    xx N

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    1. Thanks, doll! You know, as I was working on these I was really hoping you had a detailed "tutorial" post about the construction.;)

      C

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  9. I love the look of these! DD is liking a more conventional style in pants these days, so I may soon have to struggle with zips, too. Ugh. Good save, anyway!

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    1. Practice makes perfect...so they say!lol But that wasn't the case for me and these pants.;)

      Thanks! She really likes them.

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  10. These are so great Cindy, it looks as though the binding was always meant to be in the design. Sorry your zipper gave you so many fits:(

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    1. P.s. I totally love her top too!

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    2. Thank you, Brittney! I'm happy with the finished result and was glad to finally use that fabulous binding in a way that highlights it.

      C

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  11. I stopped by here via I don't remember which linky... I love it! I love your work and your pictures. I'm a new GFC follower, add you in my blogroll. I'll flick through your blog later.
    Bisous

    http://ellecrafts.blogspot.com

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  12. These are super cute! I really like the slim fit and the little details. I had to laugh at your zipper saga. It sounded just like something out of my sewing room, hehe. After my last invisible zipper in pants episode, I've been thinking invisible zips are generally a bad choice for pants - they're hard to manipulate, especially in heavier fabric, and you don't usually use super lightweight fabric for pants. So the exception might be drapy dress pants. I think I have an RTW pair in a polyester crepe where the invisible zip works fine. Otherwise, maybe lapped is the way to go. (There, is that sufficient excuse? Hehe.)

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  13. love these pants! The style and the buttons are spot on and i love the photos showing how she can move around easily. My daughter is at this weird age where her clothes are either falling off her or leaving her with no room to play how she wants.

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! She worn them to school today.:) My kids refuse to wear anything that's restrictive so we always have to give them a test by climbing around on various objects.

      Fitting issues is a big reason why I keep sewing clothes for my kids. My 2 oldest girls especially are hard to fit in pants/jeans.

      C

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  14. Those pants are adorable! I love the buttons. Little details like that are what make an outfit special. I'm sure she loves them. Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Becca! She does love them...they've been worn three times since I took those pictures.:)

      C

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