Just a few minutes ago, I completed my first pair of Action Pants. I was anxious to give this pattern a try not just because it could be a fun Valentine pair, but also because it uses woven material – opening up a whole new range of fabric possibilities. Now that I’m finished, I thought I should put up a mini-review… here’s my thoughts:
Action Pants is an e-pattern – the PDF was sent quickly so you can get started (almost) right away. Directions for putting the pattern together are included, but just a warning – unlike many downloadable patterns, there are no registration marks included with these. I was able to ‘match’ everything up based on the overlapping lettering, but it seemed a bit trickier than ‘traditional’ e-patterns. The directions give you several options for ruffles: either using fabric that is rolled or narrow hemmed or ribbon – either can be ruffled or pleated. I decided to try using ribbon (ruffled, pleated just made the particular ribbon I picked out look too heavy) that coordinated with the seersucker fabric that I picked up. This was probably the easiest option since there was no finishing involved, but still was a time consuming process. After attaching the ruffles and side seams, I have to admit, I didn’t follow the directions (except for constructing the waistband). Instead of using lingerie (or picot) edge elastic, I decided to use fold-over elastic. I made two mistakes in this area: 1) I shouldn’t have serged the raw edges because I had some of the thread peeking out in a few places and 2) I cut the wrong size elastic for the leg hole the first time I sewed it down. This would be the reason I spent several minutes cursing trying to get it all to fit.
Speaking of fit, they look surprisingly well… from the back. I think the front panel has a bit too much material (both lengthwise and around the leg area) and I plan on tweaking that if I make these again. Otherwise, this is a seriously cute and fun pattern with pretty good directions. Although this pattern is labeled for beginners, I would suggest this for intermediate to advanced beginners only because there are lots of techniques involved that may frustrate someone who hasn’t had some projects under their belt.
Bettsy Kingston’s Action Pants
Seersucker from Hancock Fabrics
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