I don't know whether I will one day have an entire me-made closet, but I'm definitely headed in that direction.
When I found Anna Allen's Pomona Pants pattern, I knew that they would be a perfect first pant project! I had started another pair of pants a couple years ago, but my mom ended up finalizing it... Patience is not my strong suit....
Printing (& Assembling)
It took me a while to finally print the pattern and get started, I wanted to make sure I had all the supplies and was in the right mindset.
Then one morning, I finally decided to jump in. I took a pair of scissors and a roll of washi tape and went to town on the 57 pages of the pattern (!)
If I had to do it again, I would probably make the effort to go to the print shop and have it printed on construction paper. The pattern folder contains all different kinds of files so you can either print at home or at a print shop. I'm keeping that in mind for my next downloadable pattern.
I am not one to alter a pattern to my measurements yet so I just checked my measurements against the table in the sewing instructions.
I'm very happy with the result so far and wouldn't change a thing.
I made my first muslin/pair with an old linen duvet cover. I did not make things easy for me as the fabric was very sheer and I ended up doubling it.
For my second pair, I chose a soft denim cotton I got at Joanne's. I am the worst at understanding imperial measurements so I ended up getting more fabric than I needed which - in hindsight - was a blessing because I forgot to cut the second leg on the wrong side of the fabric (as you can see on the first picture) and ended up needing more fabric to correct my mistake!
I invested in a rotary cutter and boy am I happy about it! I already had a cutting mat from a previous foray into collage so that was one less tool to buy (though they're often sold in kits: cutter + mat).
A rotary cutter is so much more convenient and precise than a pair of scissors, I am obsessed with it! I'm about to make a braid rug and am considering rotary cutting the strands instead of ripping them apart.
I won't go into the details of sewing the pants. Get your own pattern and give it a try. All I can say is that the instructions are very clear and that the project is quite easy. I say it often, I am not a seasoned seamstress and I am not very patient, but I still managed to make my own pair of pants in an afternoon (after a morning of cutting and assembling the pattern, which, since I'll go to the print shop next time, won't happen again).
I should mention that I decided to do without the back pocket. I like the pants better without it. It reminds me of the Jesse Kamm Sailor Pants (with an elastic waist though).
Style & fit
These are honestly my favorite pants and I might make them a couple times more, maybe in a thicker fabric for the winter (right now I'm wearing them with a pair of tights underneath).
I love the high waist, I love the wide leg, I love the wide elastic band.
The pattern is pretty versatile, you can also make a pair of shorts and another pair of pants with a tapered leg.
I'm considering giving the latter one a try next time, so that my ankles and calves are more toasty in the winter.
- Pomona Pants Pattern
- Tailor's chalk
- Rotary cutter + mat
- Sewing machine
- Elastic band
- Sewing clips
- Thread cutter
Check out my List of Sewing Essentials!
- Coat (38) - COS
- Cardigan (OS) - Babaa
- Turtleneck - Thrifted
- Pomona Pants - Made by me
- Boots (5.5) - Blundstone
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