Test Pants

Last week I spent a few minutes whipping up two different elastic waist pants patterns. I happened to have enough gray polyester suiting for both trial pants.

First up was McCall’s 6568, whose straight leg style and patch pockets had appealed to me from the first time I laid eyes on it.  I chose to use a full elastic waistband rather than the pattern’s prescribed drawstring.

(I can assure you that I will not wear this, or any, top tucked into them!)

McCall's 6568 test

I thought it was pretty funny that the front and back patch pockets were two different sizes.  (That would be funny strange or funny annoying.)  I had to make two different pressing templates for them.

The front pockets were larger than the back pockets, which was another strange thing to me.  I once read an article that said the bigger the pockets, the smaller your backside looks.   Why would you put smaller in back?

Next time, all pockets will be the larger size for various reasons.


I wore this pair on Saturday with my Eureka top.  I used my matching inifinity scarf as a belt, thusly

Scarf as belt

Bottom line, I like the pants a lot.  They drape nicely, and will make up perfectly in linen.

The second pattern I tried was the Tessuti Laura Pant.  This is a narrow ankle pant, a style I have never worn.  I *did* wear this top tucked with a belt–some loops would be nice.

Tessuti Laura test pants

Below you can see the pants on their own.  I followed the  pattern instructions for the elasticized waistband, which I don’t particularly like in this fabric.  I wish I had used my usual method of quartering the elastic and serging it to the top of the pants.

Tessuti Laura test

I sewed the XXS in this pattern, which equates to an 8 in their other patterns.   I measure XS (size 10) at the waist, so I cut my elastic to that length.   Using the XS elastic with the XXS pattern made the waistband more comfortable but less bulky than if I had cut the waist on the XS line.

This pattern is another winner in my book.   The instructions were very easy to follow and illustrated with clear photographs.

I’ll be sewing it again soon, but I’m not sure about using either of my two linen fabrics.  It may make up fine in linen, but it seems to me that it would do well in something a bit more firm.  I’ll definitely be trying more patterns from Tessuti after this.

5 thoughts on “Test Pants

  1. Great looking pants. I love the first pair with your Eureka top. I want to say how much I enjoy your blog and all your creations, I have just been terrible at commenting lately. Happy sewing.

  2. The pants fit well in the front and it does seem strange to have smaller pockets in back but maybe they are thinking women need to have larger ones in front for more stuff and would not fill the back pockets anyway.Your floral jacket is just darling too!!!

  3. The pants are looking so nice, especially slender without the bulk of elastic waisted ones so good choices. I especially like using your scarf as the belt, brilliant.

  4. I like both pair of pants! and also thoroughly enjoy wearing elastic waist pants as I find there’s much less bulk at the waist and the comfort level is ‘high’.

    I also wanted to let you know I’ve linked back to you through your Poncho top post. I tried to leave a comment there, but was unable. I loved yours so much, I made my own. I’m also part of the Make a Garment a Month Challenge. The link is here if you are interested: http://pieceworktreasures.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-self-drafted-floaty-top.html
    Thanks so much!

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