Wearing the fabulous Lander pants- finally! You might be thinking I am rather late to make the infamous, celebrated, honored, and lauded Lander pant by True Bias- and you would be correct.
The thing is, I am a bit biased to making dresses. I absolutely love making and wearing dresses. And, truth be told, I don’t know if I ever had a pair of pants ready made or otherwise that were truly comfortable, flattering and well-fitting. But that was before I made the Lander pants.
And here’s a bit of a dress-making back-story. I grew up in a small town and I wore a uniform –a simple plain blue pinafore- to primary school every day. Besides a few play outfits, I didn’t have many other clothes. I dreamed of owning and wearing a closet full of dresses. Because there weren’t many ready-made dress choices in my little town and funding was an issue, I figured the best way to accomplish my dream was to learn to make dresses for myself. So, I begged my Mom to teach me to sew. She put me off until -left to my own devices at my grandma’s with a swath of fabric, scissors, and access to her ancient sewing machine one lazy Sunday- I made myself a dress. When my Mom came to pick me up and I was decked out and proud in my completely self-drafted cobbled together hand-made dress- she finally agreed to teach me to sew. And my dressmaking odyssey began.
So- back to these Landers. These pants might rival some of my favorite dresses and convert me to a lover of pants. They are comfortable and the pattern is so flattering. And they are pretty close to a perfect fit. I did not make a muslin and I would only add a few fitting tweaks to the next pair. These are probably my best fitting pants right now.
The pattern is well drafted and the instructions are clear and straightforward. This pattern is definitely deserving of the praise and legions of followers.
Amazingly- I discovered the Lander sizing is very close to my measurements. Extra bonus- this pattern is drafted for a 5’5” individual- just an inch taller than me. And although a muslin is recommended- I felt so encouraged and emboldened by these similarities- I simply cut a size 6 and went for it.
I used the Lander fly zipper expansion- I like the clean look and don’t want to fiddle with buttons on the fly. The zipper pattern and instructions were clear and easy to follow. I also eliminated the pockets- because I may be one of the few people out there who is ok without garment pockets and I am always looking to reduce midsection bulk- both front and back.
The Jetsetter Twill I purchased from Lakes Makerie turns out to be the pant fabric of my dreams. This is such an awesome color and a perfect weight and smooth twill face. The fabric has stretch-love that in pants- with great recovery- no bagging out.
The shirt is a mash-up: self-drafted somewhat including bits and pieces of various patterns. It is not super successful so it doesn’t deserve a discussion except to note that the fabric is the best, lightest weight, silky cotton lawn- purchased from Mood Fabrics..