Pinterest can be a bad influence in that i get seduced by all these cute styles and i feel the need to try them for myself. i decided i needed a pair of white slim fitting trousers. i bought 2 yards of ultra stretch cotton twill. it has 6% lycra and 25% stretch. i wasn't prepared for just how stretchy it is. it almost feels more like a knit than a woven. i dutifully prewashed my fabric and it's a very good thing that i did. there was a ton of shrinkage--going from 42" wide to 37". i could barely eke out the pattern and i ended up having to cut the waistband facing out of some white kona cotton.
i started out with burdastyle 02/2010 #111. i probably traced a size 19 at the waist grading to an 18 at the hips. i ended up shortening and narrowing the legs at the ankle. i did make a muslin first to check the fit and then made more changes. so my final pattern isn't super close to the original.
i cut the waistband facing and the interfacing on the bias to help match the stretch of the fashion fabric. because my fabric was so stretchy and because there wasn't enough of it i did this crazy thing with cutting out 3/8" seams using my handy seam guide and then sewing 5/8" seams. it all made sense in my head. as a result the waistband is slightly more narrow than it should be. i also made a lapped zipper and moved it to the back as i found the side zip in my muslin to be uncomfortable. i added a faux welt pocket to the right side on the back. i was looking for pocket ideas on jcrew and the one pocket thing seemed acceptable. it was easier to sew thanks to not having to match up the pockets but i think i prefer the look of 2.
i feel fairly self-conscious in these pants. i think that overall they are just too tight. i don't know what i was thinking with white either. i don't think i'm a white pants person. maybe i would've felt more comfortable had i underlined them. i liked the ease of sewing this pattern but i really prefer wearing fly front pants with front pockets of some kind. so i'm not sure if i'll revisit this pattern again. if i do there will be drastic modifications next time.