Sunday, 1 September 2013

Prototype Pants : Pattern Mash


I've been planning a pair of pants to go with the "too scary" tiger jumper. I don't have a pattern for the jumper, or ribbing for the cuffs (thanks everyone for your tips), nor did I have a pattern for the pants. But none of those technicalities can keep this good idea down.
 
The trousers that I want to make are a copy of a pair of pants that I picked up on sale for P back when I was buying clothes for the kids. The front has articulated knees and a faux fly and the back has a full leg with a yoke at the waist area. There are some wonderful stitched details on the pockets and some little fancy designer tags that I'm going to pilfer for my knock-off copy-pants. They fit wonderfully well for a long time but he is finally outgrowing them.
 
Without a pattern that had all the required elements I decided to mash a couple of patterns and see what came of it.
 
I had the front of the pants covered with my Field Trip pattern and then the back looked like it wanted to be a pair of After School pants.
 
Can you make the front of one pair of trousers and stick them on the back of another? I had no idea, but I was prepared to have a go. Or, in more fancy sewing talk, to make a wearable muslin (ooooh,... I find it quietly hilarious when I start sounding like I know what I'm doing)
 
I figured as long as the front and back pieces ended up the same length along the side seams it would work. And it kinda did. There's probably a bit more 'room' at the rear than there needs to be and there may have been a little bit of tugging to get some bits to line up and be sewn but in all they look like one pair of pants.
 
The fabric that I used is a light weight drill with a self stripe that may have a bit more bias stretch than the fabric intended for my ultimate pants. I may make some minor adjustments to my pattern pieces or I'll just cut it with my fingers crossed for luck.

The pants were a pretty quick sew as I left off the cargo pockets and did minimal top stitching in keeping with them being a practice run. Then I spent ages in paint.net making myself a little Pattern Mash button!
 
 
The other element of my designer daks that I wanted to copy was a thin section in the inner leg. The After School pants has an outer leg stripe which had to be taken out of the pattern piece that I had for the back pants. I held my fingers against the pattern pieces and guessed that the back pattern piece would need to be a few fingers wider to make up for the lack of the side leg section. I think I effectively cut the size 5 pants piece but took the side seam out to the size 8 line.

then I sliced the front pants pattern piece to give myself this inner leg section:


In order to do this I had to fold the articulated knee pattern piece in the middle to make it the same width as the adjusted upper and lower leg pieces. By folding it I was able to preserve the knee darts of the original pattern piece.

To make that mash more palatable here's the summary:
1. Field Trip front pants - narrowed by a inner leg strip
2. After School rear view - widened to side seam
3. Field Trip rear pockets rather than the smaller After School ones
 


So there's my Pattern Mash pants. I'll tweak them a bit for the final version I think...
Here is the button that I made with some HTML code for anyone else to have it too.

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I'm not kidding myself that anyone else will want to grab my button I just wanted to learn how to write the code to do it! Thanks to Teacher Blogging Basics for the clear instructions.
 
And here's P hanging out in his new pants.
 

 
 
 Today's photo shoot was brought to you by Puffin and Big Bird.
 

11 comments:

  1. I love these pants! I always chuckle at the term "wearable muslin". I much prefer prototype lol

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  2. Great pants. And, if I was the blogging type - I don't sew anything interesting to make it worthwhile- I would so use that badge. I much prefer this term to the much over-used "frackenpattern", and the patch is cool

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    1. Isn't blogging all about an over-inflated sense of your own interesting-ness?! I never thought my stuff was interesting and here you are saying nice things about it. :) thanks.

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  3. That was a hardcore pattern mashup worthy of making a button for!

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    1. Thanks. I live with a man who speaks fluent HTML but I find the blog techy stuff every bit as challenging as the sewing!

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  4. wow, these pants are awesome and look so professional (and difficult!). very nice.

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    1. Thanks. You know I'm yet to have a real failure in experimenting with this kind of pattern mixing (minor recuts excepted!). I doubt I have any natural talent I think fabric is just very forgiving stuff!

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  5. Great job on the 'sewing mash'! The pants look great!

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  6. I am just so impressed by this pattern mash-up. Now I want to try this for Joe! Fantastic look, overall.

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