I remember pondering whether or not to purchase Vogue 8588 when it was released in 2009. I ultimately decided against it as I was working in a fairly conservative environment and didn't think I'd have too many opportunities to wear them.
Of course once the pattern became OOP (out of print) I wanted it. But not enough to pay the high prices when I would find it on Etsy and eBay, haha. Can you relate?
Recently a sewing friend sent me a few patterns she was not going to use, and Vogue 8588 was included! Lucky me!
The pants are rated easy and described as "above ankle length, with upper and lower sections forming drapes at the sides, large pockets, and stitched hems". Here's the pattern cover and line drawing.Metro Textiles. I sewed a 14 and found there is quite a bit of ease, especially since the fabric is fairly lightweight.
I'll admit, combining a bold print with a bold design is not for everyone. I'm your typical extroverted introvert (and more of a behind-the-scenes type), but when it comes to my clothing choices if I like something I don't care if it causes people to do a double take :-)
I did have to really think about how to lay out the pattern pieces as I had a hard time figuring out exactly how they would go together. Because the fabric had such a large floral print, I was trying to keep it somewhat symmetric on the left and right sides.
One thing I hadn't considered was the curved seamline along the front
and back. The top of the pants (front and back) ended up black so that
curved seam is evident, as you can see in this photo. I won't wear
a shirt tucked in so it won't be that noticeable.
By the way, I used the leftover floral knit to sew a Cashmerette Concord Tee so I would have a faux jumpsuit look. Sadly, the summer heat has arrived - after a long bout of daily rain and cooler weather - and the ITY knit tee is uncomfortable to wear outside.
The pattern is easy to sew but you do have to make sure you mark all of the dots. If my fabric would have looked the same on both sides it would have been important to mark right and wrong sides too.
Did I mention my favorite part is the BIG pockets?!? They're not really practical but they sure are fun.
These pants are even more comfortable than my leggings! I plan on sewing a pair in black soon.