If you follow the blog then you know these loose fitting polyester pants are a departure from my usual sewing. If you look around the blog you can likely tell that I love dresses, specifically fitted dresses. Because of that I typically work with knit fabrics. Even before I started sewing most clothing I purchase had some sort of stretch.
For some reason though I really wanted in on this palazzo pant trend. Especially after I saw a few pair in Target when I was supposed to be buying orange juice or something. I believe the ones in Target were knit but after googling “DIY Palazzo pants” I saw that both Tabitha from Cheap But Chic and Ericka Bunker had used M6515 to achieve this wide legged look. Turns out I already owned M6515 (though I had purchased it for the boot cut view) and decided I would give it a try.
None of the fabric in my stash would really work for the look I wanted so I had to go to Hancock to look for a polyester or rayon print. I decided on this colorful chevron print after making myself put a few black and white prints away (here, here, here). My black and white obsession is out of control so I was glad I could curb it this time.
This pattern sewed up really quickly. I did add my usual BBA (big booty adjustment) of adding 1.25″ to the back crotch. I cut a size 18 which was a little loose from the crotch to the waist. I’m not sure if I should cut a 16 next or stick with the 18 and just increase the seam allowance through the waist and hip. This time I took in the extra fabric at the front and back center crotch seams. I also forgot to shave off some fabric at the top of the front leg pieces, which I usually do to compensate for the extra fabric added to the back crotch, this caused the front waistband to sit high and there to be some extra bunching. Next time I will definitely lower the waist band as I don’t care for the high-waisted look on myself. Also though I’m on 5’5″ I could only do a 3/4″ hem and that was to wear with flats. I will need to add 3″ to wear with heels.
Let me take a minute and talk about my unusual backdrop for today’s pictures. I wanted pictures in front of the brick exterior wall of this building, but as my friend/photographer and I approached this building she noticed this structure, which is actually a spinning top. She insisted I take pictures with it as I matched, lol! As I approached it I realized that I could actually get in it and it spinned. How interesting?! I’m not sure why it was there but it was fun to have a prop.
Pattern Description: Pants have contour waistband, side zipper, narrow hem and width variations. A: boot-legged, carriers and topstitching. B: straight-legged. C: slightly flared. A, B and C: semi-fitted. D: flared, loose-fitting, front/back pleats.
Sizing: (6-8-10-12-14) and (14-16-18-20-22). I cut a 18
Fabric Used: Polyester Zip Zag Coral Turquoise Fabric from Hancock Fabrics.
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were simple though I didn’t follow them
Likes: wide legged, invisible zipper
Dislikes: length (the pattern length was perfect for me to wear with flats, but I’ll have to add 3″ to wear with heels)
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None except the BBA
Would I sew it again? Yes, I’ve already purchased some rayon fabric
Would I recommend it to others? Yes, just check the length if your 5’5″ or over or plan to wear with heels.
Conclusion: Simple pattern to use to achieve an on trend look
Total Cost: $18.16*
McCalls 6515 pattern = $ 1.99
2 1/8 yd Polyester Chevron fabric @ $6.81/yd = $14.50
Invisible zipper = $ 1.67
* prices reflect 40% off fabric and zipper plus 20% off total purchase coupon, pattern was also bought on sale