Thursday, February 6, 2014

Jacob Pants.

Okay, I know I was just complaining about this pattern. I love the fabulous 70s vibe of Zonen 09's "Jacob Pants," so I was really excited to sew up these pants for Joe. But there were several hassles with this pattern, and several, um, areas of disagreement.

First, it's meant to be printed out on European A4 paper, which is bigger than US 8.5X11". That was a pain in the ass to figure out (you have to print it actual size, but tiled so that each page prints out on two pages, then overlap and tape those together before trimming and taping the whole thing together). I realize not everyone uses the same size paper, but the whole thing was time consuming and required about half an acre of forest to complete.

Second hassle: The instructions. They are really long, and really detailed, which I know people love. But I honestly would have been happy with shorter directions. I draw the limit at like 15 pages of instructions for a pattern - I don't care how complicated the pattern is, I do not need 35 pages of instructions! (Well, okay, maybe for a tailored coat or a boned corset - but a simple pair of pants? Huh?) Also, I did not like how you have to skip around to find your fly option and pocket options. I like instructions that flow chronologically from beginning to end - if I'm not choosing an option, I'll skip over it when I get to it. It's just personal preference, but that approach just works better for me.

Third quibble. The pocket finishing for front and back pockets was basically, "serge the edges, fold them down a half inch, and sew onto the pants. No pocket facings or lining. That is just ... weird to me. And wrong. And, dare I say it, kind of sloppy?

So ... you know you've been sewing with o + s patterns for too long when you see an inadequately finished pocket and feel personally offended! I mean, seriously, if there's no pocket lining or facing, where the heck am I supposed to put the piping? Seriously, think about it.


It was at this point that I put these pants down unfinished and wandered away. For a week. And lost all sewing mojo. I just wasn't feeling it.

But then today I woke up with a wicked sore throat. I've been under too much stress at work lately, and it finally caught up to me. Luckily, I feel sort of okay as long as I perfectly time doses of ibuprofen and decongestants. So I did a little working from home, and then I picked up these half-finished pants.

I changed my serger thread. I lined the front pockets. I faced the little cargo pockets, which I decided to use as back pockets (and pleated them the wrong way, inadvertently, but I decided to run with it). And I sewed the pants together the way that made sense to me, and I pretty much ignored the instructions, just using skills and techniques I've learned along the way. And of course, I added piping.

Jacob Pants


And I love them. The fit is fantastic. They are the perfect pair of pants.

Jacob Pants


Jacob Pants


And although he was initially resistant to changing out of his nice warm pants and into these on a chilly afternoon (he's a bit under the weather too), Joe likes them too! He's still wearing them now. I should mention that Joe chose the colors. I offered him two options - orange corduroy with brown piping, or teal twill with lime green piping. Joe said "I want blue and brown." Oh, okay, not one of the options I gave you, but I can work with that.

Apparently, Mama loves bold color combinations, but Joe's tastes are more muted. But I can admit - Joe was right - the blue and brown are perfect together. Hip, but understated.

Jacob Pants


He even agreed to do a little photo shoot for me. He's such a big boy now. Well, a big boy who still likes to be carried by his dad, anyway. And get kisses.

Jacob Pants


Jacob Pants


Cute tushie!!! I am really happy with how the cargo pockets as back pockets turned out (I was inspired by this awesome pair). The pockets hide any pooching at the bottom of the dart, and in my opinion, help balance out the angle of the back knife-pleat.

So after my initial hesitation about this pattern, I have to say, I am pretty happy with these pants. I will likely make more, just ignoring the instructions and doing things the way I think they should be done.

Well, now that I've overcome that hurdle, hopefully I can get back into the swing of things!

10 comments:

  1. I am sorry these gave you such trouble! I appreciate your honest review though as I have thought about getting the pattern. Yours turned out awesome sauce!

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    1. I have to say, as annoying as I found this pattern to be (and some of it was stuff that couldn't be helped, like the printing issues), the fit is GREAT - that little back dart is awesome. And the possibilities for groovy details (piping, etc.) is pretty endless.

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  2. Well, I think I have been talked out of getting this pattern BUT man, what a snappy pair of pants it made! Great work! (And I had to laugh at being offended about inadequately finished pockets - O+S has spoiled me too!)

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    1. Haha! I actually didn't mean to talk anyone out of the pattern. As you can see, the fit is fantastic and the pants are just great! I'd rather have a pattern with annoying instructions but a great fit than the other way around, anyway. I will definitely be making more of these.

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  3. aw, Inder, the pants are great! and Joe is looking dashing in his new pants and these photos! his eyes are the best!

    i can so relate to what you're saying about pattern instructions. for me, this is a total 180. i used to love obsessively detailed instructions. if something was lined, i didn't know which seams to finish for a very long time. i needed to be told. when i didn't have those kind of instructions my finished products looked 'bad' homemade. so i stuck with mostly only O+S patterns for several *years*. when i deviated, i was almost always disappointed with the finishing/results.

    now that i've been sewing for awhile (5 years), i get bogged down by excessive details. usually, i barely even read the patterns anymore, except for a quick glance at the general steps/order of construction. sometimes i even feel frustrated by excessive instructions on a pattern. i'm sure some people can just be wordy, but i remember how much i appreciated at one time, being reminded of which seams to finish, or how and when to press seams, etc - just things that are intuitive to those of us who have been sewing for awhile.

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  4. The pants turned out great! The nice thing about having been spoiled from O+S patterns is that now you can take a pattern like this and construct and finish it with all the great tips that Liesl provides with her patterns.;)

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  5. They are brilliant! And what a big-little boy you have there. He's growing up so much. And I think he chose very well for those pants. Poor pattern instructions are really frustrating, especially when they spoil your experience of what is otherwise a fabulous design. I wish more pattern makers would take more care over that!

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  6. He looks so old in these pictures! When did this happen!?!
    Okay, back to the pants...which are freaking amazing! I know they gave you a headache but they look amazing! I totally laughed when I read your comment about the piping, but man, the piping looks fantastic!

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  7. Those pants are great! But I appreciate the warnings- the printing alone would have me in fits. I think I'll hold off a bit on this one, but will enjoy seeing your snazzy versions and keeping them in mind for when my little guy gets older :)

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  8. They are great and I love the colors he chose! I actually bought A4 paper for the dress I made recently--I couldn't figure out how to make it work without it! Glad you picked it back up and finished then because they are too cute.

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