Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along – Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

PatternCover 5001 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric ChoicesSo excited to start the Clover Pant sew along. The Clover Pant is featured in the Aug/Sept issue of Sew News, now on newsstands. Or you can pick up a  digital or print copy at shopsewitall.com.

If you need any help on joining Flickr, please read this tutorial. And, now here’s Rhonda!

The Clover pant from Colette Patterns is an easy to make pant designed for the beginner. Even if you have never made a pair of pants, you know from buying them that the real issue with pants is the fit.

The Clover pant is designed to be made out of a medium weight fabric with some stretch.  A cotton twill with a 3%  blend of spandex will work beautifully. I made a summer version out of a cotton spandex blend and a fall/winter version out of a wool and spandex blend and was very pleased with the outcome.

Since the pants are designed to be made out of a stretch blend, there are fewer fitting issues than there would with a pant designed for a fabric without any stretch. Please note that this is a very close fitting pant.

photo 1 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric ChoicesMy summer version of the pant has been one of my favorite go to garments throughout the summer. I’m very pleased with the fit, they are so comfortable and they look great with a t-shirt as well as a blouse and jacket. Take note of the length of my pant verses the length of the pant on the pattern.

photo 2 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices I did not want an above the ankle pant, so rather than cut the pant length for my size, I left the entire length that was allowed for all sizes. Always remember, you can cut it off later, it’s a little more difficult to be creative about adding fabric back.

photo 3 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

The pants are designed to have 2 front pockets. The pockets are small and perfect for a cell phone or coins. The pockets are optional, so if you feel that you would rather not have them, they are easy enough to delete from the pattern. We will sew in the pockets during week 3. I will discuss eliminating the pocket as well.

photo 4 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

The pants have a side seam zipper. An invisible zipper will be your best choice. If you have never inserted an invisible zipper, please give it a try, as they are much easier to insert than one may think. I will also show you my cheater method where I don’t use an invisible zipper foot.

photo 5 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

If you have never sewn with a Colette Pattern, you are in for a treat. The pattern has such a lovely design with the stitching down the spine. The stitching gives the pattern the feel of a handmade book.

photo 6 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices The pattern comes with a very detailed instruction booklet which includes a glossary of terms. In the back you will find a convenient folder for storing your pattern once you’ve finished your project.

photo 7 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

Next week we will talk about the fitting changes that I made to my pattern which will hopefully help you obtain a fit that you’ll be happy with.

In the meantime, check out the Flickr group, and join along. It’s a great place to post pictures of your fabric and your progress.  And if you have any questions, please be sure to ask.

Rhonda Buss

www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com

 

 

 

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I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!
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3 Responses to Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along – Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

  1. Marie Nelson says:

    I am looking forward to making these pants. Very simple and you can be very creative with them.

  2. Wanda Ball says:

    I just found this sew along on fb and joined the group. Where do I get the pattern?? I’m thinking if I have to order it then it maybe too late to me to follow along.

  3. STH says:

    Wanda, there’s a link to buy the pattern right under the picture of it.

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