I am back again with another sewing pattern review. I am slowly easing into pants making which is one of my sewing goals of 2020. You can access my 2020 sewing resolutions video in the sidebar of this website or over on my Youtube channel. I also had a goal to sew more separates which I have also done with these Meghan Nielsen Flint pants. I know you are more interested in knowing how I got along with making them.
Here is the video where I review this pattern and the fabric in detail if you would rather watch it instead.
I used a paisley print stretch cotton fabric for these pants which was perfect for the project. It washed and ironed really well and I honestly can not fault it at all. I was sceptical about my choice of fabric as I thought that these culottes required a more drapey fabric. However, upon looking at the fabric recommendations for the pattern, I realised that they are drafted for both stable and drapey fabrics. So I went ahead and sewed them up.
The fabric I used was generously gifted to me by Fabrics for All in exchange for a blog post reviewing it. This is a continued arrangement I have with Fabrics for All as a member of their blogger’s team. Currently, the physical shop is locked however Sarah (the owner) continues to process orders made both online and by phone. This is the best way we can continue to support small businesses which may suffer during this lockdown.
The Flint pants are wide-leg cropped pants or shorts pattern with a unique crossover closure at the side seam. Pattern sits on the natural waist and features hidden closure at the left pocket. It features release tucks at the front, darts at the back, slash pockets and two waistband options.
The pattern comes in four views. View A is a pair of above ankle cropped pants with button closures. View B is a pair of above ankle cropped pants with tie closure. View C is a pair of shorts with button closures. View D is a pair of shorts with tie closures.
This pattern sizing ranges from 0 to 20 in both print or digital PDF versions. And the curve sizes which are from sizes 14 to 30 are only available in digital PDF version.
I sewed up view A these pants in size 2 after making the toile in size 4 which was big. The making of these pants was pretty straightforward thanks to the well-written instructions. However, I still needed to make a few alterations because I rarely get a pattern to fit straight out of the envelope.
The first alteration I made was removing the release tucks at the front. This was mostly because they were likely not to sit flat with the fabric of choice. And also I did not need them for fitting purposes. A detailed tutorial on how to remove the tucks can be found on Meghan Nielsen’s blog.
The swayback Adjustment was the other and most important alteration i made to this pattern. It gave these pants an overall perfect fit. It was my first go at making a swayback adjustment on pants. In the video mentioned above, I share in detail how I went about with this adjustment.
The Finished Garment
I love how these pants turned out. They fit perfectly well and the gorgeous fabric I used is the cherry on top. These won’t be my last pair as I am already planning on another. Thank you for stopping by and keep safe. 🙂
If you are anything like me, I bet you have those items in your wardrobe that you are still holding onto but do not look as good anymore because they have faded. Don’t despair for help is on its way. If you know me at all, you probably know I am quite a slim woman and I have often struggled to find perfectly fitting clothes on the high street here in the UK. I have often had to alter a number of items I have bought or found better fitting ones from the not so cheap stores. And it is for this very reason that I embarked on a journey of a me-made wardrobe.
Although I have been fortunate enough to have the resources to make most of the clothes in my current wardrobe, there are some items that I still buy from the high street. This is because some garments either require some techniques to make which I have not yet acquired or it is simply cheaper to buy than make them. In my case, these are often pieces of denim ranging from jackets to jeans.
In this post, I would like to share with you how I dyed my sleeveless denim jacket. This is a ready to wear(RTW) jacket I bought about 8 years ago before I ever sewed any I wore. I had gone ahead and altered it for a perfect fit, however, it faded and did not look nice anymore. It was in need of some TLC to bring it back to life after four years of no wear.
Items required for dyeing a cloth
1 pack Ritz dye (denim blue) The amount to use depends on the weight and how dark you would love your item to be.
Fill your bucket or sink with boiling water, enough to cover the item when submerged.
Mix the dye in the water. I prefer to mix it in a small container first before pouring it in the large bucket.
Add the cup of salt and mix it thoroughly in the dye solution.
Submerge the clothing item into the dye solution for at least 20 mins or longer (depending on the shade you are going for). It is recommended that you keep moving the cloth while it is in the dye solution for even dyeing.
When happy with the colour attained, remove the item from the dye solution and rinse it under running water until the water runs clear.
Place the item in a washing machine on a gentle cycle with a small amount of detergent.
Remove from the machine and hang to dry. You should avoid hanging it in direct sunlight to avoid colour loss.
I love how my jacket turned out and it has since had loads of wear during the summer. I have done the same to my black jeans in the past and the results have been spectacular. You should have a go at dyeing your faded clothes and enjoy your new garment. Thank you for stopping by!
I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda during my summer holiday. Just in case you are not aware, I am born and raised in Uganda (a beautiful country located in East African). My family and I relocated to the UK which has turned into our second home. I know I should be talking about my sewing makes for the summer holiday.
If you are a sewist and you have a holiday booked, I am almost certain a handmade wardrobe might be the first thing you think about. Uganda is warm all year round, and most of my handmade clothes favoured the British weather. So I had to come up with sewing plans specifically for that holiday.
Here is the video where I share with you what I sewed up for the holiday. I hope you enjoy it.
I would also like to share with you in detail the patterns I used for my summer holiday makes.
Firstly, I made up three Cami tops using the True Bias – Ogden Cami Pattern, a well-loved sewing pattern in the sewing community. It comes together in pretty much any lightweight fabric however I prefer making it out of viscose fabric.
I also made up this gorgeous unicorn dress for my princess using a pattern from a Burda Style Magazine. Burda 06/2019 #129. It was made out of a cotton poplin fabric.
I also hacked the Simplicity 8178 jumpsuit pattern into lightweight summer pants which I wore a lot during the holidays.
And the final project I made was the viscose zebra print night robe made using the stoff & Stil kimono pattern.
I recently participated in the completed Me-Made-May which is organised by Zoe Edwards of @sozoblog. Me-Made-May is a challenge which is designed to encourage sewists to develop a better relationship with their handmade. Any sewists who chose to participate was at liberty to set their specifics of the challenge depending on what they are comfortable with.
This was the second Me-Made-May I have participated in and I enjoyed the ride. Last year, when I joined the challenge I did not fully understand what it entailed having only been actively sewing my clothes for barely a year. And I probably did not have a lot of me made garments in my wardrobe to wear throughout the month.
My pledge this year, was to try to wear something Me-Made everyday especially when I had to leave the house. I did not care much about what I wore at home as you are least likely to find me smartly dressed. I also made it a point to document every day I wore a me made outfit on my Instagram.
Details of what I wore each day of me made and details about each outfit can be found on my Instagram.
At the end of such a challenge, it is expected for one to learn a few lessons about themselves and their handmade wardrobe. This challenge highlighted the gaps in my wardrobe and where I need to put more attention.
Firstly, it is clear I have only made just one pair of pants (one I am proud to show to the world) and a handful of skirts (about 3) which I wore in rotation during May. I hope to give trousers/ pants and jeans making a try as all the ones I wore were RTW (ready to wear). I plan to also sew up more skirts and tops or t-shirts as these are that many in my wardrobe.
Josephine is an entrepreneur, blogger, public health professional who loves sewing, baking and is passionate about a healthy and natural lifestyle.