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Striped linen pants: Vanessa

Pants are not my favourite garment to sew and especially not for myself. However, when I went through my closet I came to the conclusion I only had jeans and I was looking for something a little more summery (and not shorts). Since I always find it difficult to find well fitting pants, I thought let’s give it a go. Sew my own pants, in linen, to make nice summer pants. I used the Vanessa Fluid pants (3676) from Jalie.


The Vanessa pants are designed for woven fabrics. The pants have tapered legs, a faux fly, pockets and an elastic waistband (with waistband inset on the front if you want to add some extra colour). I was actually surprised how quickly the pants came together. Even with making sure the lines would line up on both sides of the pants and aligning the pockets with the legs. I did adapt the top part of the pants slightly. That is what always holds me back from sewing my own pants, I always have to do some adaptations.

I used size U for the pants, as all my sizes fall in that size.
The first adaptation was making the legs a bit wider from the knee down. The pants were too tight for my liking. I added 0.5 cm on each side of the leg. I also felt I had some excess fabric on the front, so I took in the crotch seam. There was also some extra fabric at the waist so I put two extra darts in the front and they now fit like a dream. Lastly I left out the inset on the waistband and created a one piece waistband instead of a two piece waistband. With my 1.62 cm (5″4) I did not shorten the legs. I just hemmed the buttons. The other option in the pattern is adding elastic cuffs at the legs.
Fabric: I bought the striped linen at Driessenstoffen.
Sizing: girls 2 – 13 (92 – 155), women 4 – 44 (34 – 52)
Options: Hemmed at ankle length or elasticized cuffed hem
Sewing time: 3 hours
# Fabric this week: 0 in – 1 out (Total fabric in 2020: bought 41 new fabric – used 63 fabric – 27 scrap piece – 5 gifted fabric) – in total 41 in 95 out
# Patterns in 2020: 3 in – 7 out

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