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Textile Studio: Soho Pants

This pattern (no. 1003) for elastic-waisted pants has a side zipper and tapered legs. My first pair were made in a plaid, wool-blend suiting, dark olive or taupe in colour and impossible to photograph accurately. My measurements fall between two sizes so I made the bigger size but used a wider seam allowance. The resulting fit is excellent. To achieve my favourite inside leg length, I added 3cm to the legs, possibly 1cm too much. These high-waisted pants have darts at the waist, one in the back and two in front, so make sure you stitch them perfectly as a bubble at the end of the dart would be conspicuous. This is a quick, easy pattern to run up, and I recommend it, especially when you need new pants in a hurry. The second pair is in a smooth, grey wool suiting with spandex, which drapes beautifully. The legs are 1cm shorter than the first pair, but the difference is not noticeable.
Textile Studio #1003 Soho Pants
Textile Studio #1003 Soho Pants
My first version
My first version
Fabric detail - a wool blend plaid
Fabric detail - a wool blend plaid
With Vogue 1033 on top
With Vogue 1033 on top
Second version in grey
Second version in grey
Grey fabric detail
Grey fabric detail
Grey pants with Butterick 4609 on top
Grey pants with Butterick 4609 on top