The Clover Slim Pants from Colette Patterns are an easy-to-make pant designed for the beginner. Join Rhonda Buss for the next few weeks as we work on this versatile pattern together. Even if you’ve 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.
My 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.