Designer Stitch Patterns · Pattern Reinterpretation

Alyse Wide Leg Pant by Designer Stitch

If I have a chance to live another life, I will be a 1960s or 1970s baby.  Those decades had fabulous fashion trends! But, of course that’s not gonna happen; I’m still happy though because many of these 1960s and 1970s fashions are worn today. Capris, bell bottoms, hippie clothes, shocking colors, pop art, etc.  And who will forget the wide leg pants? Not me.

Fortunately, Designer Stitch released this Alyse Wide Leg Pants.  The on-trend styling of the Alyse Wide Pants offer a choice in leg length. A wide leg
width with 3 leg lengths – 5/8ths(long shorts), 7/8ths or full length. These pants are
designed for a stretch woven fabric which will contour around the body
without being too figure hugging.    How exciting is that? Here are the details about this gorgeous sewing pattern.

Sewing Pattern Name: Alyse Wide Leg Pant

Line Drawing:

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Sizing Chart:

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Materials Required:

– Fabric and matching colour thread

Recommended Fabric:  Woven stretch with fibre content of 96% main with
4% spandex. (Choose from Stretch Cotton Sateen and Stretch
Denims with good recovery when stretched.)
18cms (7”) zipper ( or optional 20cms (8”) zipper
if you are curvy and are fuller in the hips.
– Woven interfacing – optional

My Finished Project:

Alyse Wide Leg Pants paired with Eleni and nude blazer.

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or simply pair it with Eleni.

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Another Alyse Wide Leg Short Pants  (I intentionally skipped the pocket) paired with another Eleni(reinterpretation).

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Another short pants with higher rise.

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That’s all folks! When you make your pants, don’t forget to share and show off your creations.  Happy sewing!

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Pattern Reinterpretation

Reinterpretation of Eleni

Eleni, is one of my favorite patterns in pdf world. I can’t get enough of this sweet style garment that I reinterpret it in so many different ways. One of my versions is making the flounce circle and using drawstrings on neckline/waist..

This is how it looks like and I wear it in three different ways.

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How to achieve the looks?  First of all, you should have an  Eleni pdf sewing pattern and materials needed for this project.

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My fabric is really interesting. It looks like the stripes are not printed properly. But if you take a closer look and stretch the fabric,  it’s not.  Love it so much. Very stretchy and bouncy.

The fabric recommendation on this project is woven, silk, silk-like and drapey fabric. The fabric I am using is kind of crepe, crinkled woven fabric.  This may sound funny but I do what I want to do when I’m reinterpreting a pattern.

So what, if you hemmed the bodice before sewing the flounce and neckline together? Who cares if you hem it before installing the  drawstring casings/elastic casings? I don’t .. I’m the boss of my own sewing room . Whichever is convenient, that’s fine.  No restrictions,  as long as you can achieve the looks you want for your project, go for it.

Here is what I did.

1. Cut the front bodice, back bodice and short sleeve pattern pieces. (See those                          green and red pins? They are my color codings. Green means front  and red                          means back.)

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2.  Pin the pattern pieces together and sew.

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3.a. (The tweak parts) I made a circle flounce pattern. Measure the neckline                                 circumference of the garment ÷ 3.14 ÷ 2=N.  (The neckline circumference of my                     project is 41″.)

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3.b.  Get a tracing paper, freezer paper,  newspaper or whatever is  available to make a              full circle flounce pattern (I used paper bags.).  From one corner, draw a right angle          with   6.5″ arms.

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3.c.  Make more lines like these.

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3.d.  Cut that corner like this and discard it. (That is not the pattern yet.)IMG_2563.JPG

3.d. Decide on how long your flounce pattern piece will be ( My flounce is 10″ long.).                   Draw lines like so.IMG_2564.JPG

3.e.  Cut it like this and that is the flounce pattern.

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3.f. Get the fabric and fold it crosswise.

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3.g. Fold it again lengthwise.

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3.h.  Place the paper pattern and cut it.IMG_2571.JPG

3.i.  You should have a circle flounce as shown below.IMG_2575.JPG

14.  Pin the right side flounce with wrong side neckline of  bodice then  sew them                      together.IMG_2576.JPG

15.a.  Create a neckline drawstring casing. Turn the wrong side flounce with right side bodice and make a drawstring casing.IMG_2587.JPG

15.b.  When you’re done with the drawstring casing ,  mark the center front neckline and             create a tiny, sort of button hole on it (I hand stitch it.). This will be the passage                   way for the string.IMG_2591.JPG

16.a. Making the drawstring. It is easy. Cut out two (for waist and neck drawstring) long            strips of the same fabric, fold it in half lengthwise with right sides together, pin,sew          and trim the excess fabric on side  seam.

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16.b.  Turn the right side out of the strings using a safety pin.

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17.  Slide the first string inside the drawstring casing at neckline with a safety pin.

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19. I like to make cute little knots like these.IMG_2599.JPG

20.  Okay, let’s do a fast forward.. Make the elastic casing for the sleeves, slide the elastic           using a safety pin, hem the flounce and hem bodice.

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21.  To make the drawstring casing for the waist, you need a long strip of fabric and                   decide how low or high it will be. (Mine is 8″ above the hem.)

Fold in 1/4″ of each  short ends twice and sew to avoid fraying.

Fold in 1/8″ of both raw edges twice, pin on the right side of bodice and sew.

Like this,

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22.  Get the other string and slide it in waist drawstring casing with a safety pin.IMG_2930.JPG

23.  And here she is… IMG_3130.JPG

Thank you so much for the interest and taking your time reading.

Always remember, in our own sewing room, there’s no restrictions and no rules.

God bless us !