Men's Pants Catalogue by Bunka Shuppan Kyoku (March 2003) »
InstructionsI have graded this project as Advanced because the pattern book is in Japanese. I don't read Japanese but found you can match the lettering to work out sizes & allowances & It has fairly good illustrations, so if you are an experience sewer you should be able to follow it. Sometimes you need to follow the illustration/instructions for a different view, because they do not double print the same ...
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Type of item: Clothing
Style: Casual, Classic, Retro / Vintage
Pants: Linen, zip, Gutermann thread, buttons
What was your inspiration?
I wanted the boys to be comfortable on the day & originally planned to make them shorts as it was the middle of the Australian summer, but no, they wanted suits.
Apart from the time factor, I decided I wasn't making teenage boys full suits that they would never wear again, so they ended up with vests & pants.
The fabric was purchased in the fabric district in Paris in June as a 3.5m offcut, so they had to have vests of a different colour as I only just got 2 pairs of pants from the piece.
What are you most proud of?
The welted pockets. I did a practice welt first to see how the fabric reacted & used iron interfacing to get a really nice finish
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Pants are not as difficult as everyone thinks, you just need to take the time to cut accurately & finish everything properly. If the fabric is off grain only by a bit, they won;t hang straight. It's also the stitching details that will make or break a pair of tailored pants. I had a nice pair of Country Road pants along side me to check & copy the finishes.
I wish I had added belt loops as boys will be boys & wiggled them down so they slouched on the hip, instead of sitting nicely just below the waist.