Introducing my Lander Pants!
I feel like a sewing goddess. I made pants that fit!!! They were a slow sew with four muslin attempts, but all the work was worth it.
The Lander Pants were the July pattern for Sew My Style. When I initially saw the Landers were the pattern selected for July, I wasn’t sure about them. I love retro seventies styles on others, but wasn’t convinced this era would look good on me. I was similarly unsure of the Suki Kimono the month before and love my new robe. I’m so glad I went for it again this month. These pants are awesome. Even my brutally honest students (sixth graders have no filter…) told me they liked my pants- huge win!
My Lander Pants are sewn in a mustard chino twill purchased from the online fabric retailer, La Mercerie. I found this fabric and store through a fellow former Washingtonian and sewist, Jessamy B. She posted an image of herself in a pair of Lander Pants sewn in this fabric and I thought they looked amazing. She connected me with La Mercerie to source the twill she used. At the time, the fabric was out of stock, but La Mercerie messaged me once they had it in again. I purchased it right away and started on my first muslin. My Landers are a blatantly copy of Jessamy’s and I hope she can feel the waves of flattery coming towards her from Florida!
On the La Mercerie website, the fabric color is called “Golden Brown” and costs $7/half yard. I ordered 3 yards making my total costs $42.00 plus shipping. If mustard isn’t your favorite, other colorways are available.
Selecting the size closest to my measurements, I originally cut the size eight. When I made my first muslin, the waist was too wide and gaped. My final Landers are a size six at the waist graded out to a size eight at the hips.
Amazingly, I found the length just right on me. I’m only 5’3″ and usually shorten pant patterns. I gave these the suggested 3″ hem. They hit at the perfect spot to wear with flats. If you are on the average to tall side, I suggest planning to lengthen this pattern.
As mentioned above, I made four muslins before I was happy with the fit. My first muslin was a straight eight. The waist was a little too big and the pants were too tight through the bum. My second muslin was a size six at the waist and graded out to an eight at the hips. I also lengthened the crotch depth, hoping it would lessen the tightness around my bum. They were better, but still too tight around my bottom.
I did a quick Google search and found that I probably needed a full seat adjustment (FSA). Inside the Hem has an easy-to-follow FSA tutorial on You Tube that I watched a few times before breaking out a ruler and pen to follow along. It worked like a charm! With a 1″ FSA, my third muslin fit really well. I made a final fourth muslin with long legs (to save material, earlier muslins were short length) and had a perfect fit throughout the pant. Making tester versions by sewing a little bit at night after work and on the weekends, it took me a little over a week to perfect the fit. It was slow go, but satisfying to see the improvements with each muslin. Overall, I enjoyed the process.
The pattern is well drafted and the directions throughout are clear. Once I had the fit sorted out, it was a nice sew.
I love my Landers and I think this is a great pant pattern as we transition into fall. A few yards of grey corduroy in my stash are destined to become a fall/winter pair of Landers. I also plan to hack the pattern into a skirt. Wouldn’t those pockets look fantastic on a denim mini?
This pattern is great for the intermediate sewist looking to up his/her pant game. Go slow and make adjustments to get the fit right. It’s worth the time!