When I recently dove headfirst into the online community of sewists, I expected to find inspiration to nourish my creative side. What I didn’t expect is that I would also have an opportunity to be an activist. So, I was surprised and thrilled when I discovered Sewover50 and their Sew50visible challenge specifically aimed at raising awareness and calling for pattern makers to include older models on pattern covers and in other marketing for the pattern.
Here is the deal for this challenge: you have to submit a new or recent make of a pattern that features an older model in the styling.
No need to ask twice for me to be completely on board with this.
I started searching for patterns with older models. Unsurprisingly, it took effort, and the choices were slim. The bright side of this search is that I discovered several independent pattern designers that were new to me. Among the options that qualified, I found the fabulous Romero pant pattern by Pauline Alice. BINGO! I have been meaning to try a wider leg pant and now I had a reason to do it.
First, some praise for the pattern. I love, love, love the clever button/pocket closure construction scheme for these pants. Romero is closed by buttons on the sides and waistband. You will be happy to learn the pockets are fully functional, and I really appreciate the clean finish with French seams.
I obtained the PDF download and the pattern and instructions were crystal clear. I also appreciate the great video instructions at the Pauline Alice website- no need to speak French. I did add my own modification/suggestion to this construction scheme. I put the second waistband button on the inside of the waistband to reduce overall buttons showing on the front.
It has been a minute since I made a pair of fitted pants. I foolishly sewed these up (quickly) going by my waist measurement only. In the end the waist fit was fine- but too tight elsewhere. I didn’t want to remake the pocket construction- and I didn’t have enough fabric on hand to recut the front, so I took out the back, and recut the whole back pattern piece with a full-butt adjustment- or in gentler terms- adjustment for a naturally round derriere! I follow these fabulous instructions from Colette when modifying a pant pattern. And now though they are not perfect, they are a pretty good fit. Next time, I will go up a size also. I used a light-weight denim with a bit of stretch from my stash. In the end, it is a satisfying fit story.
One word of caution for this pattern- I am 5’4” and usually never have to worry about length, but these pants are short. There was very little length for a hem- I had to use some wide hem tape in order to get a one inch hem at this length.