One of my favorite things is the Clover pant pattern from Colette Patterns. They are really easy to sew and there is even a sew-along on the Colette website to help if you get stuck with the pockets and waistband.
I love these pants. Except for one thing – the fabric. The pattern calls for stretch fabric such as poplin, gabardine, pique or wool blend with 3% lycra. Since I live in the warm climate of the southwest, I choose a navy blue stretch poplin.
They turned out really lovely but every time I wear them, within minutes, the pants are all stretched out and hang on me. I’m very unhappy with the fabric and wish I had used a non-stretch denim or some other, hardier fabric. I purchased the fabric online some time ago and I thought it was a better quality fabric. Perhaps it wasn’t because it stays stretched out.
In the past when buying stretch jeans, I was told that you should buy the next size smaller to allow for stretching. That way, the pants don’t appear to hang on you. Perhaps I should have done this with the Clover pants – sewn the smaller size. I’ll have to go on PatternReview.com to see what those wise women have to say. I’m just not sure if it is a fabric issue or a fitting issue.
In the meantime, I’ve cut another pair, this time in red stretch poplin in the same size. I love the color and want to wear them before summer is over, especially since bright pants are so in now. But, before I go any further, I will have to do my homework. I might have to cut these smaller. Heheheh, drat the luck!