Hello! So after last week’s outfit with a difference, it’s back to normal service and what could be better than the ultimate in comfort stretchy leopard print skinny pants. Secret PJs? Definitely!
The pattern I’ve used for these skinny pants is OOP Vogue 9210 and it was recommended to me by @paulalovestosew on Instagram. She’s a very stylish lady who has the best wardrobe of fabulous skinny pants (plus dresses, tops, coats…the list goes on) and if you aren’t following her then why not go and hit that follow button.
What I really love about the style of this pattern is the vertical seaming down the middle on the back and front legs. Those extra seams give such great scope for perfecting the fit and I’m all about good fit.
Now let’s talk about the wonderful fabric I used. Again, I was inspired by another lovely stylish lady Instagram called Karen (@intostitches) and I’ve actually featured her on my blog here. I saw her wearing a dark Ponte knit leopard print fabric in pants and jacket outfit which looked fabulous and it immediately sent me browsing online to find something similar. I found this gorgeous quality Ponte knit on the Emmaonesock website. It’s a rayon/ poly/spandex blend and feels extremely smooth to the touch. If memory serves me I think it was available in more colourways too, so worth checking out.
Before getting stuck into making my skinny pants, I really took my time altering the pattern and checking measurements. First off, I compared the crotch curves to my basic pattern and adjusted the back with a slight scoop out. Then I added a small wedge across to angle the fork more. This is usually done for a bigger booty but trial and error has told me that, for me at least, it works a bit better for my very low slung bum 🙂
My waistline angles down a little at the front and I have what is rather delightfully (not!) called a flat pubis. Add to that a bit of a prominent tummy and I have my work cut out for me with adjustments! To accommodate all of this, I did the front crotch adjustment (straightening the curve) combined with adding a bit more in the centre front for my tummy and angling the waistline down.
Next, I set about doing a slight knock knee adjustment. To do this I used a diagram from the book called “Skirts and Pants” by Jan Minott which you can buy in PDF form from the Sewing and Design School. There are many other great books on the website too. It’s really worth checking out!
This photo shows my back and front centre panels after my adjustments:
So the lower legs are moved inwards anything from 1/5″ to 1″ and the inside leg seam blended down from the crotch point. The excess pattern on the outer, upper leg is folded under. As you can see, the legs of the pants become angled inwards after the alterations.
Well, I’m glad to say that the sewing part went pretty smoothly I did do a quick baste fitting to make sure that the adjustments worked. Thankfully, they did, apart from my inside lower leg area…you see I have rather prominent fleshy pads on my inner knees which emphasise my lack of calf muscles and my slight knock knees. I decided to let out as much as my seams would allow on the inseam from my fleshy bits downwards to the hem to disguise things a little. I just don’t think super skinny-fitting pants are my friend so these have ended up a little more straight-legged, but I’m fine with that.
As for the sewing up, I left the centre seams of the legs un-neatened because the fabric just doesn’t fray and they’re just pressed to one side and topstitched down. The instructions say to press them open with topstitching either side but I went my own sweet way :). There’s a proper fly-front zipper plus a contoured interfaced waistband…I love contoured bands!.
Here are some close-ups for you to drool over..hehe!
By the way, you see that label on the back of the band that says “Me Made”? That’s made by my pal Kate (@timetosew) and she makes them from reclaimed leather. I think she’s still making them so send her a DM on Instagram if you’re interested ***Note…I have taken a chance using the leather label on my pants as Kate has not yet tested them in the wash. They are used more on bags. However, you can refer to this post about washing leather on garments ***
By the way, how do you like the matching overlocking/serging on the hems and waistband? Cool eh?
This is a really great pattern and I’ll definitely use it again. All in all, I love these pants and the fit is sublime love the fabric to which is very on-trend.
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon…
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A brilliant fit and I love the fabric you chose. Now I want leopard skin skinny pants. Sigh!
Hehe! Thank you so much Sue!
Fabulous fit Diane and the fabric is perfection! I have this pattern too, one of my old favorites that I completing forgot about! Thanks for reminding me! Enjoy your great new pants…
Ahh, thank you, Linda! It’s great that you have the same pattern too!
Thank you for the lovely inspiration and also the great “ tutorial “ on fitting!
Thank you, Brenda! You’re very welcome 🙂
You look very stylish there! Worth all the adjustments I’d say.
Thank you so much, Catherine. It really was worth taking my time with the fit. I think these are one of my best fitting pair of pants.
Fabulous!!!! I have lots of stretch pants. So comfortable. Paula is an inspiration as are you 🙂 How does the leather patch wash up?
Thank you, Vicki! They are extremely comfortable. You can’t beat a bit of stretch Ponte, can you? As for the leather label, I havn’t washed it yet, though it feels very soft and pliable. I can check with Kate and get back to you.
Vicki, I updated my post with a link for washing leather on garments
Great pants. What a shame the pattern is no longer in print.
So I’m now following Paula – hadn’t discovered her instagram despite following SewOvdr50
Do you have to pay tax ( or something) when you buy fabric abroad? If so how much does this add to the cost of the fabric for a project like this.
Thanks, Ann! The pattern may still be available on eBay or Amazon, or Etsy. Could be worth a look. Thankfully, I didn’t have to pay any customs tax on my parcel when it arrived…not sure if it was because of it being under a certain weight, or value?
Love these pants! You got a superb fit. Thank you for describing the pattern alterations you made, I am on a pant fitting journey and constantly on the lookout for tips. Emma One Sock is fabulous, great fabric and even greater customer service. I have never been disappointed.
Thank you, Karen! I’m really happy with the fit myself. I too found the customer service good from Emmaonesock 🙂