Flint pants and shorts

Megan Nielsen

£16.50

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Wide leg cropped pants or shorts with unique crossover closure at the side seam. Pattern sits on the natural waist and features hidden closure at the left pocket , release tucks at the front, darts at the back, slash pockets, two waistband options and two lengths.

Version 1 is a pair of above ankle cropped pants with button closures. Version 2 is a pair of above ankle cropped pants with tie closure. Version 3 is a pair of shorts with button closures. Version 4 is a pair of shorts with tie closures.

Skill: 2/5

Sizing: XS-XL (each pattern includes all sizes).

The Flint Overalls Add-On is a bonus pattern designed to be used in conjunction with the Flint Pants & Shorts.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Additional information

Fabric

Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton / Twill / Gabardine, Jacquard / Brocade, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe

Size

UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44

Sewing level

Intermediate

Make time

All day

Pattern format

PAPER

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  1. 4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5 Pants of Dreams

    laurapop90

    These are most definitely my pants of dreams. Being curvy, I am usually apprehensive making pants, especially ones with a fitted waistband. But I needn’t have worried and I am kicking myself for not making these sooner! They are super chic, so flattering and comfortable (hello secret pyjamas!). I can’t tell you how fabulous they made me feel, but I guess you can tell by my picture!

    I had recently made the MN wattle skirt which I adored, and these were a similar construction with that genius pocket closure. The instructions provided are excellent and didn’t leave me scratching my head. A super quick and satisfying sew. Minimal pattern pieces which makes a real statement of your fabric choice. I made mine in this stunning linen viscose; the drapiness lends itself perfectly and is light and airy – great for balmy days.

    I bought the Curve version of this pattern, grading a size smaller at the waist and they fit like a dream. Plenty of room for thighs and booty! I didn’t make any adjustments other than doing the flat front hack from the MN blog for a sleeker silhouette and I also decided to keep mine longer so didn’t hem them as high as the pattern suggests. I am really having a love affair with Megan Nielsen patterns at the moment, they just fit me so well!

    If anyone was in two minds about making these, especially if like me you gorgeous and curvy, then I cannot recommend these enough!

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    • yirg

      Brilliant, great review. I’ve just made the Wattle skirt and Tania Culottes (both in the Curve versions) and the fit is great and as you say genius pocket closure on the Wattle. I’d being eyeing up these but wasn’t sure the release tucks would be great on me and hadn’t realised there was a flat front hack until I saw your review. So you made my mind up 😀 . Thank you.

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    • SEWNMV

      Good review! Thank you!
      Also great picture!

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  2. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    smpowzun

    I made the flint pants in Outback Wife by Gertrude Made barkcloth. I usually have to grade between sizes for my waist and hips but I was able to cut a straight size small and they fit very well with little adjustment. They have a straight waistband so I needed to do my usual sway back adjustment, by removing a small horizontal wedge below the waistband.

    I really love the style and how they look and feel in barkcloth. I used a vintage button next to the waist tie and lined the pockets in yellow cotton I had leftover from another project. I would recommend the pattern to beginners because they are easy to fit and would work in a variety of woven fabrics.

    Im also wearing the rowan top by Megan Neilson as well, in merino knit.

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    • SEWNMV

      Beautiful job and outfit!

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    maryjolly

    This is technically the 4th pair of flint shorts I have made now. The first being a toile to get the crotch curve right (having a bit of “junk in the trunk” that adjustment is usually a requirement) my first proper pair were comfortable and a step up from a basic pair of shorts. The flint pants/shorts have an unusual opening disguised in the left pocket (reminder to self – don’t put anything important in the left pocket) my first and second proper pair had a tie closure so I decided to push the boat out and make the closure on the final pair button and buttonhole. I used 100% Cotton for my 1st and last pair and a polycotton for the other, all being of similar weight and drape they sewed up easily. Megan’s instructions were very comprehensive and although the pocket closure was less straight forward, with a couple of read throughs of the directions its construction was easy enough. The pattern has pleats in the front and darts in the back, if you have a fuller tummy it may be more flattering to draft out the pleats. The legs are wide enough to accommodate a fuller lower half with minimal tweaking for waist and hips. I added 2″ to the leg length but the deep hem in the pattern does allow for them to be rolled up if needed. Clearly I really like this pattern otherwise I wouldn’t have made quite so many. Sadly now the heatwave in the UK seems to have ended I wonder when I will have an opportunity to wear them… Oh well there’s always next year! 🙂

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  4. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    julesmadethis

    I have no idea why it took me so long to make these Flint Trousers from Megan Nielsen, because they are my new absolute favourite item of clothing! They were remarkably easy to fit, are super comfy to wear and have some lovely design details.

    I’ve had the pattern for over a year now after I saw the brilliant selection on the Me Made May Instagram hashtag last year, but I hadn’t had a chance to make them before the end of last summer. However, this year I was determined to make some and put the pattern on my 2018 Make Nine list. One of the main things I learnt in this year’s Me Made May is that I needed more trousers, so I set about rectifying that immediately!

    I was worried about the fitting, as I’ve not made any items of clothing by Megan Nielsen before (apart from my awesome knickers!) so I wasn’t sure how the block worked on my body. From my body measurements I went with a size Small at the waist and graded out to a size Medium on the hips. I chose to cut out version 2, which are above ankle cropped trousers with a tie closure waist, because I loved the unusual detail of the ties.

    See more on my blog at http://www.julesmadethis.wordpress.com

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    Juska

    The Flint trousers by Megan Nielsen have an unusual closure that is hidden inside the left pocket. There is no zipper to sew, which is a nice bonus! The pattern has both shorts and culottes version and an option of having either buttons or ties as waistband closure. I, however, made a whole length pair, since I am not sure whether the culottes would suit me.

    The list of recommended fabrics for the Flint trousers is huge and goes all the way from denim to flowy silks but different fabrics will surely result in very different kinds of trousers. I chose to use sand-coloured polyester crepe that is very easy to wear.

    The pattern sizes go from XS to XL corresponding to the waist size from 66 to 86 cm. I made the size S that fitted pretty well. However, I do nowadays always correct the crotch shaping to match my sloper that fits me. I also needed to add some topstitching since my crepe didn’t press well and the edges looked ugly without.

    Sewing the trousers was easy and the instructions were clear.

    Since the trousers widen towards the hem and I even lengthened them a bit they are super wide. The next time I will, however, narrow them down a bit, since I tend to stumble on my trouser legs!

    I can warmly recommend this pattern. It is the easiest trouser pattern that doesn’t have an elasticated waist that I have come across.

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    Flint pants and shorts

    draculash

    My first version of the Flint trousers and I am in love. I made these as my first project for the MinervaBloger Network. Made a straight size Small and they fit like a dream. Also because the quarter length is not for me, I added about 5cm to the length of the trousers. Did not need to add more as I am only 5Ft2. For more details please see the link below : Red Flint Trousers

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    Flint pants and shorts

    norseotter

    I’m quite late to jump on the trend bandwagon with these wide-legged trousers/ culottes (but at least in the same year of release!) but they were a fun sew, even if I’m not convinced they do wonders for my figure. Comfortable, a quick sew and easy to create very different looks depending on the drape of your chosen fabric, these will be a delight if they’re your style. They might yet be mine, will just have to wear them a bit longer to find out… More info on the blog. http://norseotter.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/project-runway-style-in-vintage-fabric.html

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    Flint pants and shorts

    WorthyDesignStudio

    This pattern is really good for beginners since there’s no zip to worry about. Super speedy and satisfying.
    I made the Flint pants using a drapey crepe so hurray for extra swooshyness! It’s a definite for your make list and the fit is great.

    For more details on my version, you can visit https://worthydesignstudio.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/flint-tastic/

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    Flint pants and shorts

    hinke

    My first Megan Nielsen pattern and it seems very well written and explained to me. Sizing, like in a lot of cases in my opnion, is a bit generous. Where I am a true M, certainly on my bottom half, after a muslin (the shorts) I went down to a S and it fits so much better! I think the pants look quite big on a lot of people that made it, and I do prefer the more fitted look around the bum.

    Actually my inspiration were these very well-fitting ones, http://jasikanicole.com/flint-cropped-pants-in-silk-cottton/ and http://jasikanicole.com/more-flints/, and like her I omitted the pleats on the front. (Megan Nielsen gives a nice tutorial on that here: http://blog.megannielsen.com/2017/04/remove-release-tucks-convert-flat-front-flint-pants-tutorial/) This turned out much beter, read slimmer, I think.

    Lengthwise, I kept the exact pattern length, with 6 cm taken off for the hem (1+5), being 1.70 cm tall. I found it hard to decide how long they would be best on me but I think it is ok, although a bit shorter would have been fine too.

    On my shorts I made the buttoned one, this version is with the straps, and I like that closure a lot, it is so clever anyway how she designed the pants opening at the pocket! All is very well explained. My addition was to finish the inside with some bias tape, around the pockets and the opening. Looks perfect that way.

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    Flint pants and shorts

    ymary

    This is my first pair of Flint trousers, sewn in a polyester suiting fabric from Minerva. I sewed the cropped length trousers and managed to just about squeeze all my pieces onto 1.5m of 150cm wide fabric. I lengthened the ties to as long as I could make them with my leftover fabric and love the exaggerated length look. The front pleats hang really nicely in this type of suiting, and they are pretty crease resistant (except for the massive crease in the front I accidentally ironed in but didn’t notice until I had taken these photos!). This has become a tnt pattern for me, I absolutely love my Flints!

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    Flint pants and shorts

    ymary

    Find more pics on my Instagram @_ym.sews_ https://www.instagram.com/p/BWBJaNDh2CH/?taken-by=_ym.sews_

    I love this pattern so much I’ve made 5 pairs of Flint trousers!! This is a pair I made from some floaty linen and they are the comfiest best fitting trousers I own. I want to live in them! Fitting wise I didn’t have to make many mods except adding an inch to the length for my height (I’m 5ft11), and I sewed a straight size corresponding to my body measurements with a great result. The tie closure is so unique and clever, and it allows for slight last minute fit adjustments if you want to make them a cm tighter or looser you can! Plus the ties are pretty lovely. I’ve already got fabric for more Flint pants! The top is the Workroom Social Tate top too incase you’re wondering 🙂

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    Flint pants and shorts

    Icansewdoit

    My first pair of pant! Flint culottes by Megan Nielsen pattern. I really like her patterns, they are nicely done and the come with easy to follow instructions. Both in the booklet, but also tutorials online.
    I made these pants from a linen/viscose blend. Pretty easy to work with. I’ve only been sewing for a year so I have to learn some more about fitting adjustments and grading between sizes. These are a L/XL, but I think I can try a M/L next time. And there will be a next time, because they are very comfetably to wear and l really like the close ties!

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