Wednesday, April 29, 2009

BWOF 2/2009 #114

I am getting my money's worth out of this issue. I made these pants a about 5 weeks ago and I realized I hadn't put up pictures. My review will be a bit sketchy since it has been too long.

Pattern Review

Pattern: Pants from BWOF 2/2009 #114

Description: Meryl Streep would have loved to wear these trousers/ pants in “Out of Africa”. Made up in supple crêpe, the floor-length silhouette sports wide turn-ups/hem cuffs. Waist pleats replace front creases to providie a lovely extra detail

36 to 44

Instructions: They were good until I got to the waistband and then I went to the BWOF website and kept looking at the photo to figure it out.

Likes/Dislikes: I think I was drawn to the “look” of the outfit in the magazine. The model’s entire look is so… trendy, chic, stylish. I don’t know the exact word I am looking for but the look is why I wanted to make these pants.

See the look:

I am not sure the pleat is a great look in my pants, so that is a bit of a dislike. I do like how it makes my denim look dressier.

Changes: No changes, I made them just like the pattern. I did think about making a welt pocket in the back and then they would have more of a trouser jean look.

Fabric: I am watching my dollars for my sewing and other items. So instead of buying fabric, I used a trouser denim in my stash. I had purchased it from Gorgeous Fabrics a few months back. Another factor, my job is jeans only so I will get the best use from this fabric.

Conclusion: I don’t think I will make them again but I do like them. Just a different look for my denim. Now to find that cool belt and big bag

Waistband detail:

Looking at this picture, they dont' fit the best from this side.

Side view:

Front looks like the pants pull a bit at the pleats. I had been eating quite a few Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies and this picture was my wake up call to STOP! I do have my brownie intake under control and I am happy to report the pleats are not pulling anymore.

On the note of the podcast and my blogging. We have had one daughter with some medical issues and it has been a roller coaster ride of medical tests, doctor visits including a surgeon. Right now she is fine and they are monitoring her condition for a couple of months. We have had some very scary moments but all seems better now. We know much more about her condition and God has answered many prayers. That is the reason the podcast has been a bit sparse but I am hoping to get back to a consistent schedule. I am so thankful for my family, my sewing (helped to occupy my mind at times) and the blogging community. You didn't know it but reading about your sewing and other creativity helped me so much. Now you know why I was eating so many brownies.


  1. Hugs and prayers that all works out well with your daughter. BTDT and reading about sewing and seeing others' projects helped pull me through some bad times. Your pants look great and I really enjoy your blog.

  2. Hugs Lori! Hang in there! As you know I've been there with my daughter so I feel your anxiety. I'm sending thoughts your way for your daughter and your entire family. {{HUG}} Another hug for good measure. I'm sure you guys can use them.

    Oh yes the pants are great too. :)

  3. Prayers for your daughter, you, and the doctors treating her.

    I'm always amazed at how much you get done!

  4. So glad your daughter is healing. Thoughts and prayers your way. You do not look like you ate brownies at all! You're still slender, and fit in those pants beautifully.

  5. Nice jeans....they look more like dress slacks to me :-)
    Hang in there, Mom, it is tough when one of our kids is sick....I know. And enjoy this special time as your daughter gets married, a blessing for the whole family!

  6. So sorry to hear that your daughter has been sick. Hope everything is looking up now. I can totally understand the brownie habit, with that.

    I think the pattern looks nice in denim, and more like slacks.

  7. Gee, Lori, that's awful about your daughter. I'd be eating brownies too. Keep us posted, ok?

  8. Beth Conky11:53 AM

    Sorry to hear about your daughter. Went through a scary episode with one of my girls several years ago. Two surgeries and time took care of things but it's hard at the time. I never knew what a over protective mother bear I could be until Megan was sick. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  9. Oh wishes and hugs to you... for your daughter's'll be in my thoughts!

    (The pants look great)

  10. Hugs from here too! And the pants are nice :)

  11. Hope everything turns out just fine for your daughter!

  12. Lori, I was so excited to see that you were one of my first commenters since joining PR today! Unfortunately I couldn't leave you a message on pattern review because I'm too new, I just have to tell you that when I started sewing garments again recently, I found your podcast and I have listened to nearly every episode in the past several weeks! I love it, and it's been so helpful as I re-enter the world of garment sewing ! Thank you for such informative interviews, and for being the last voice I hear as I fall asleep at night! Thanks to you, I now spend even more time each day researching and blog reading! Blessings to you as you continue your podcast.

  13. Lori,

    I'm sending thoughts and prayers your way for the complete recovery of your daughter. I thought when mine grew up I could give up the worry, but it doesn't quite work that way. Once a mother, always a mother, ya know?

    I think the pants are great and I may copy your idea if I ever get back to sewing!


  14. I'm sending you my prayers, hoping your DD gets better soon