Simplicity 4194 Pants in Black Splotchy Fabric (Wearable Muslin)

There's no denying the fact that this looks more like pyjamas than the pants the pattern envelope promised, made worse by my choice of fabric. I'd hoped the heels would "elevate" the look. But now I can see the colour combo is atrocious. But I'm pretending to have a blog deadline so that'll do.

Yes, my current motto is: That'll do.


Simplicity 4194 was one of my first pattern purchases way back in 2008 when I had no clue about patterns. Back then I used to pay full Australia retail prices for my patterns so I thought, "Six different pieces for the price of one pattern? Why not." Now that I've sewn a bit more and shopped a lot more, I try to do some research and wait for patterns to be discounted before buying them.

The fabric is a remnant from my first Vogue dress. It is a medium weight cotton from Spotlight, a little stiff and without any stretch, but I swear it was not from the quilting section.



I cut a size 6 tapering to a size 8 waist. I took in the leg hem width by 2 inches -- half an inch from the side seams and another half from the inner seams tapering to nothing at the hips. I tried to take it in further, but it started to look disfigured. So I yielded to the pyjama shape.

You'd think that would make these comfortable. They are, but not at the waist. I stubbornly ignored my tape measure and cut the twill tape for the waist stay/band short. I had to ease in the waist edge into my twill tape and left the tapes' bottom edge unstitched for fear of puckering. I did stitch it down where there were seams.


I also missed the instructions about installing a lapped zip, so these pants sport a side seam centre zip if that makes any sense.

Despite all my issues and user errors with the pattern, I still plan to use this pattern again with some modifications. It will be quick to sew once I get the fit right, and the view F city shorts version could be a good way to use remnants that are too heavy to be made into tops.

Taking a page from The Sew Weekly, here are the facts:
  • Fabric: Medium weight cotton from Spotlight c. 2010
  • Pattern: Simplicity 4194 Sportswear View E Pants
  • Year: c. 2006?
  • Notions: Twill tape and zipper
  • Time to complete: Hours! (too many alterations)
  • First worn: Sunday, 29 July 2012, at a bowling club
  • Wear again? Yes, good enough for my kind of casual weekends


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