Last year I really wanted to participate in SewFancyPants but it just didn’t happen, other makes had a priority. This year, the stars have aligned and I made a pair. It helped that one of my 2020 goals is to make more bottoms and I just recently pattern tested the Chandler pants.
There were some changes in the pattern from the pattern test to the final version in the darted pant version. Mostly with the dart. So I did reprint the front pant pattern piece to use the final version. I had no waistband issues this time.
As for my changes, last time I added 1″ to the leg length, I took that out., it’s the original length. It works great for me, but keep in mind I’m 5’7″ so if you are on the shorter side, you may want to shorten these.
Last time I took 1″ out of the rise, this time I only took 1/2″ so it’s closer to how it’s drafted, but I think next time I would go back to 1′ taken out. It sits a bit high for me. I tend to want it to sit lower if I’m tucking in my shirt.
The only other change I made was I took 1″ out of the thigh. My thighs are pretty thin and pants often look pretty baggy in that area. It is improved, but I would be inclined to shave a little more off next time too.
I used this Silk Noil fabric from fabric.com. I love the fabric. They have a casual/comfy vibe while still looking professional. This was my first time using Silk Noil, I think I excepted it to feel more silky, but it almost feels like a linen to me. There is a bit of warmth to them which is great for the cold weather we are having.
I ordered 2.5 yards. It wasn’t quite enough, maybe I should have cut on a single layer, maybe I should have read how much yardage to buy. Anyways, it was no big deal because the waistband fully folds inside, so I cut the back waistband out of a different fabric, which I ended up loving, it’s a fun touch.
Pattern: Chandler Pants by Untitled Thoughts
Fabric: Silk Noil
Alterations: 1″ taken out of thigh, 1/2″ out of rise
Overall: This is my 2nd time making this pattern. It’s currently my favorite work pant pattern. I want to be comfy at work but still professional and these fit the bill.