I don’t sew many “Big Four” patterns these days, but when I do, they’re invariably Vogues, and even then, they tend to be the designer patterns. The Big Four are really bad value in the UK, for starters, but then I also hate fighting with massive sheets of tissue paper, playing the “how much ease?” roulette, and dealing with outdated construction techniques. Give me a magazine maze to trace or pdf to tape together any day!
But I do love great and interesting seamlines, so when the Donna Karan coordinates pattern, Vogue 1378 was announced, I immediately wanted to make those leggings (the wrap top? Meh. I’ve seen a thousand like it).
Since there was a sale on Vogue patterns a few weeks before I was due to visit my parents last November, Stacy very kindly bought it for me at sale price (even without shipping, it was like a third of what I’d pay here) and it was waiting for me when I arrived! Thanks Stacy!
But for all the aforementioned reasons, I never quite got around to making it until now – the thought of unfolding all that tissue to trace the tons of pieces just made me choose other patterns instead. But eventually I realised that I really needed some basic, all-around trousers, so out they came! By my measurements, I should be a size 16, but I opted to throw all caution to the wind and make a size 14 instead, as I wanted them to be close fitting, like leggings. Having gone down a size, I now think the ease is just right – not stretched tight, but not baggy either.
(Photos shot whilst holidaying in the medieval Breton town of Dinan, in France! Paired with my Manequim birthday silk blouse)
The pattern envelope calls for stable jerseys, and I personally think ponte is absolutely perfect. I’d bought thisMinerva charcoal grey ponte on sale for a stupidly cheap £4.99/m with these leggings firmly in mind, and it’d been ear-marked for them ever since. I’m not sure why it’s so cheap, but it’s nice quality, and I couldn’t find any flaws… (yes, it’s still in stock – go get ‘em, ladies!)
Things I like about this pattern:
- The seaming!
- No side seams – it’s interesting to look at from all angles!
- Nicely fitting (having gone down a size, anyway)
- Did I mention the seaming? Seriously, I’ve not seen any other close-fitting knit trousers/leggings with anywhere near as much seaming as these!
Things I don’t:
The tally above makes it look like I don’t like these – I do. With my modifications, I actually think I might love these. I definitely have some work to do on the crotch curves, too – the back in particular is very L-shaped here, and I already scooped that out a bunch but it could do with some more smoothing. I really just need to trace the crotch curves from my leggings sloper onto this!
I’m certainly planning on making at least a few more pairs, especially since my well-worn pleated “not jeggings” are giving up the ghost… Let’s just say that my traced pattern pieces are all nicely annotated and marked, and I shall be using them to construct my next version and keeping the envelope pattern firmly in the drawer.