Work Pant Rescue: P4P SOS Pants

So yes, I have been MIA for quite a while.  I didn’t quite get my Halloween blogs completed that I intended…NEXT YEAR!  (For those who don’t know me, I had the wild hair to go back to school!  It really consumed my life initially, but I finally said [insert your favorite four letter word here] it, I’m sewing.  Well that was fine and dandy until I got behind…really, really BEHIND.  So yes, I have spent the last couple months playing serious catch-up, but there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel!!!  PRAISE THE LORD!)

Before I got back into the school groove, I tested the updated version of the Patterns for Pirates SOS Pants.  I was super excited to test these pants and they definitely did not disappoint. (These pants will make your butt look AMAZING…don’t believe me, check out the posted pictures.)

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I have to dress up several times a year for presentations at work and the SOS Pants rescued me!  The pants come in a skinny and straight leg option and they have added a matching youth pattern.

I tested the straight leg option in a size large.  Everything, but my hip measurement, which was a medium, fell into a large so I cut a straight large.  I whipped up a muslin in gray ponte.  The crotch and hip fit were on point and no changes were needed.  However, I felt the leg was a bit wide and took it in from the thigh down 1/4″ at a time.  In the end, I took 3/4″ off the outside leg pieces and 1/2″ off the inside leg pieces.  No matter the pattern maker this is a typical adjustment for me.  I’m seriously one of those weeble wobble little people on toothpicks.  I look great from the hips down, anything from the hips up…well thats another story!!!

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After making the adjustments on the gray muslin, I cut into the good stuff!  The first pair was made out of a ponte tribal print and the second was a liverpool houndstooth print, both from my favorite local fabric store, Needle Nook Fabrics.  I did front and back pockets on both pairs and fake fly on the front.

The SOS pants are the perfect addition to my presentation wardrobe.  Both prints I chose are way out of my typical comfort zone and they make my black “presentation” pants look SO boring!  I am definitely getting into the printed bottoms and will be making many more of these in the near future!

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The SOS Pants are a relatively quick sew.  I enjoyed adding creative top stitching to the back pockets.  By the way, did I mention, my butt looks GREAT in these pants!?!  I can’t wait to make the straight fit in shorts for this summer!  So, if your needing a great work pant pattern (that makes your butt look PHENOMENAL), hurry over and grab it while it’s on sale!

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TIPS

  • Add French fuse to the bottom pant legs before sewing together.  French fuse gives a polished look to all hems.
  • If you’re having difficulty with your crotch area, use the foil method to perfect your crotch curve.
  • Use steam-a-seam to hold your back pockets in place before top stitching.
  • Overlap your waistband in the front and add a button to give your pants a zipper and button appearance.
  • Don’t skip the elastic in the waistband…even if you think it will be fine, just DON’T!!

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