Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Testing, testing: True Bias Emerson Crop Pants


Does my face in this photo accurately portray how much I love these pants? Methinks yes.


Here's my take on latest pattern release from Kelli at True Bias: the Emerson pattern. The pattern has two views, either shorts or cropped pants with an elasticized back, flat front waistband, sewn down front pleats and slash pockets.


Note: this is my tester version of the pattern. Kelli made a few small changes to the pattern for the final, including lengthening the crotch curve a bit. 


I made mine from a piece of rayon challis from my stash... so lightweight and comfortable!


I was a bit worried about the pleats and pockets combination highlighting my hip/tummy area, but I really like how they turned out.


I tried (only somewhat successfully) to capture some of the movement here:


The Emerson pattern is a really quick sew. I'd say you could finish these in a couple hours, especially if you choose a slightly more stable fabric than I did.


I'm eyeing those linen pairs Kelli made... so classy in linen!


Here is a close-up of the back I took later, as I forgot to take a photo during this shoot:


I love these! Definitely going to make another pair and try out the Emerson shorts sometime soon...!

30 comments:

  1. Thank you Meg for sharing another fab make! Great colour too!

    In your opinion, what are the main differences between the Emerson pattern and the Winslow culottes?

    Many thanks

    Wai

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    1. Thanks, Wai! Um... the differences:
      Length: Emerson has 2 lengths, Winslow has 4
      Pleats: Emerson has 3 small sewn-down front pleats, Winslow has deep box pleats in the front and back
      Waistband: Emerson's waistband is flat front/elastic back, Winslow is a flat waistband with an invisible zip in the back
      Waist height: Emerson is lower waisted that the Winslows
      General fit: Emerson is a relaxed, but close fit at the hip, the Winslows have a very generous fit at the hip
      Pockets: Emerson has slash pockets, Winslow has in-seam pockets

      Hope that's helpful!

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    2. Fab and thank you Meg!

      And yes, helpful to have the differences listed.

      Loving your makes. Can't wait to see what's next!

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  2. I love the look of these trousers, they look like they'll be a very versatile addition to anyone's wardrobe, I shall just have to invest in the pattern! I love your blog and enjoy looking at your makes, which are always amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenna! I think they definitely have the potential to be quite versatile, especially considering the shorts version is really cute, too!

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  3. They look SO great on you. I can just imagine these becoming pants you live in. Awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Mie!! They're insanely comfortable... nothing beats an elastic waist (well, except an elastic waist that doesn't look elastic in the front!!).

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  4. Your Emerson pants look great, Meg! I love the swishiness of the rayon you used. They fit you really well!

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    1. Thanks, Teri! Rayon is my fav. Can't wait to see yours!

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  5. Meg,

    Those look great! Any thoughts on how easy it would be to grade the pattern up? My 41/51 waist/hip measurements are outside the size range. I'm a little worried that the three pleats would make that more complicated. I know how to grade up the Winslow culottes, but that just has the one pleat. Thanks for you thoughts and for sharing your creations!

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    1. Thanks, LT! Hmmm... I can't say I'm an expert in grading up patterns- I'm far too lazy. I imagine this pattern wouldn't be too hard to grade up, as it's a fairly simple pattern. I think you might have to shift the pleats slightly to make sure they hit you in the right spot. Sorry I can't be more helpful! There are lots of resources and tutorials on grading up on the Curvy Sewing Collective: http://curvysewingcollective.com/category/tutorials/how-to-grading-up-patterns/

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    2. Thanks for your quick reply! It's dealing with the pleats that I was worried about. But with the directions I have for winslow grading with the pleats I'm pretty sure I can translate to the emerson.

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  6. They look great! The half-stitched down pleat keeps these from adding weight to the hip area, I think. Challis is a great choice, too. I like how you styled them with the black tee.

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    1. Thanks, Masha! I like the stitched-down pleats!

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  7. I love this pattern. Looks like secret pajamas -- my kind of pants.

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    1. Thanks, Annie! Definitely falling into the secret pajamas category!!

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  8. I just found your blog and ADORE it!! I feel like we could go fabric and pattern shopping together :) These pants are amazing.

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    1. Welcome, Jenny, and thank you!! ;-)

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  9. I really like these, think I might need to make some in a chambray/linen blend.

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    1. Oooh- that sounds like the perfect fabric choice- can't wait to see, Kate!

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  10. These flow so well in the challis! These would be great in linen. Perfect summer heat fighters.

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    1. I definitely want to try a linen version- Kelli's look so classy and effortless!

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  11. These look fantastic and now I want to try the pants version. I was worried about the pleats accenting my tummy too, but I think they are actually really quite flattering. They must feel amazing in that rayon! Perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! And I want to try the shorts version because of your cool looking shorts!

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  12. The back looks really good! I am surprised that this is rayon challis too; I thought it was knit. It drapes beautifully. Well done.

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    1. Thanks!! I am really happy with the fit on these, especially the butt!! Oh man, I love rayon challis- such great drape!

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