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McCalls Pants M7661

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Review by Shauni S
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I have the trouser making bug and these have to be my favourite pair yet!

The pattern offers 4 variations on the high-waisted, wide-legged culotte/trouser, with a concealed zip fastening at the back and a tie or belt at the waist. All versions have pockets and a generous amount of gathering around the front, which is surprisingly flattering. I cut View A with the leg length of View B, but I ended up hemming them at around A’s length anyway.

I used a stripe poly/viscose/crepe with a slight stretch to it. I was keen to make the most out of the contrasting side panel using the fabric I had, so I cut mine out on the cross grain to make the stripes horizontal.

The inseam pockets that sit along the front of the contrast strip are roomy and feel really perfectly placed, whilst the contrast panel is more visible from the back, which I think that makes the design of the trousers all the more interesting. The waist ties are sewn into the side seams of the waistband and are more decorative than anything. I made the size 12 and the fit is just about perfect apart from a tiny bit of excess in the front waist, so the belt does help to pull this in, almost creating a paper-bag effect with the depth of the waistband.

The finished trousers feel both smart and relaxed to wear and I’ll definitely be using the pattern again!
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