I love jeans. They are literally my favourite item of clothing to wear. And I also enjoy the process of making them surprisingly. Personally, I really enjoy a sewing project that takes time and effort. Projects that I get lost in and forget about anything else going on other than the next stitch on my machine.
When it comes to home made jeans I have now made the Dawn Jean by Megan Nielsen in the cropped wide leg and straight leg, the Persephone Pant by Anna Allen and now the Lander Pants by True Bias. They are all quite different patterns that service my love of jeans and pants differently. You can visit my previous blog posts to read about my other jean makes, but this blog post is all about the Lander Pants. But I can’t resist giving a comment on my favourite pattern at the end.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting one of my online sewing buddies in person at a social sewing day held by Kylie And The Machine. Meg @meghandmade and I decided we would sew the Lander Pants for the occasion.
My Lander Pants have been made in a cotton satine / elastane blend from Potter & Co. This fabric has a beautiful velvet surface texture and is softening with was and wear. I cut between a size 2 and size 4 in the waist, grading out to a size 6 at the hip. This is something I tend to do on True Bias patterns as they have been drafted for a body shape that is much straighter than mine. The Lander Pants pattern comes with a straight waistband which gaps at my waist. I’m a fan of the curved waistband so I used the waitband pattern from my Dawn Jeans. I know this pattern works beautifully and fits well on my waist. After measuring and comparing the pant waist to this waistband pattern I was sure it would all come together well.
I choose not to line my patch pockets but instead turned under a seam allowance and sew directly onto the front and back body. I added a zipper instead of a button fly as this is my preference for jean and pant openings. You can buy a zipper extension pack for this pattern but I was able to use my knowledge of fly fronts to avoid this. You can actually use the pattern pieces that come with the button front to create the zipper fly front and save a few dollars in the process.
The Lander Pant comes with a hefty 1” seam allowance at the side seam to help with fitting. I will reduce this back to a 1/2” seam allowance next time I make these pants to save a little on fabric now I know that they fit me well.
I really like the fit of these pants. I will extend the front rise by 1/2” at the crotch point and add 3/4″ to the front and back rise through the middle next time. This will make them slightly more high rise and help with the little wiskering at the front crotch. I have one more pair planned in the coming weeks. Or maybe I will just make the shorts now that Spring is just around the corner for us Aussies.
At this point the Dawn Jean in the straight leg cropped version is still my favourite pant. I love the classic jeans pocketing on this pattern and the fit is perfect for my body.