6172Re: Green Pepper polar pants pattern review
- Dec 3, 2001Great review.
I assume from the description on the web site that these are intended
as all around fleece pants, not as tights? How do you feel they
turned out vs. store bought? I am mainly thinking in terms of the
fit and feel as opposed to something you may have tried on in a store
that you thought was similar.
Also, do you have more links to patterns, fabrics, and such that you
found as you were gathering information for this project? I think
there are more than a few people on the list that are interested.
--- In BackpackGearTest@y..., "Elizabeth A. Foshion" <foshione@d...>
> Green Pepperzippered
> Polar Pants
> #F759 $6.00
> for Men and Women
> see it online at http://www.thegreenpepper.com/adults.html (#505)
> I bought mine locally at Joann Fabrics
> Multi-size pattern:
> XS - waist 24-26"; hip 30-32"
> S - waist 28-30"; hip 34-36"
> M - waist 32-34"; hip 38-40"
> L - waist 36-38"; hip 42-44"
> XL - waist 40-42"; hip 46-48"
> XXL - waist 44-46"; hip 49-50"
> finished inseam for all sizes - 31"
> Designed for stretch fabric only.
> Suggested fabrics:
> Main - Polartec 200
> Pockets - any lightweight woven nylon
> Ankle binding - 4-way stretch nylon/lycra
> 45" or 60" wide fabric (IMO - go with 60" wide)
> at 60" - XS-L = 1-3/8 yd. fleece
> at 60" - XL-XXL = 2-1/4 yd. fleece
> pockets - 3/8 yd. nylon
> binding - 1/4 yd. nylon/lycra (IMO precut binding is wonderful)
> 2 7" pocket zippers
> 1 - 1-1/2 yd. 1" firm elastic
> Polyester thread
> Random Sewing Note: Use the same material thread as fabric whenever
> possible. For example, polyester fabric will fray cotton thread over
> I would rate this pattern as easy if you make it without the
> pockets. The pockets raise the difficulty to average. It results ina
> snug fitting, tapered pair of pants with zippered pockets and aintegral
> IMO, this is a difficult pattern to make fitting changes to. If you
> to make significant changes, I would recommend trying the patternout on
> some cheap no-name fleece before cutting into your $$ polar fleece.for
> The instructions are pretty clear and include useful illustrations
> fabric layouts and construction methods. The glossary of terms andhelpful:
> techniques is useful for a beginner sewer. Since this is a fleece
> pattern, including some fleece sewing tips would have been useful.
> Textile Outfitters has some tips on their website that I found
> I ordered some real Polartec 200 fleece (dark gray) to make this.
> Comparing the Polartec to no-name fleece, the Polartec has a much
> smoother, firm surface with more loft. It cuts more easily and
> uniformly. It doesn't shed or pill when handled. It's also easier to
> sew. BTW, I have enough fleece left over to make a hat or gloves or
> couple of pairs of socks. The pattern recommend ball-point needlesof
> (commonly used for knits), but I found microtex sharps to work
> The pattern consists of 1 leg piece (cut 2), 1 pocket (cut 2), and 1
> binding (buy pre-made). The pattern is well designed to minimize
> stressed seams, but it really is a bear to make alterations to.
> I recommend cutting the 2 leg pieces separately, rather than on top
> each other. Fleece (like velvet and other napped fabrics) will tryto
> crawl during the cutting if you have 2 layers. Considering howexpensive
> polar fleece is (and most of us have to mail order), better to takeyour
> time and cut carefully. I also found a piece of tailors chalk verypants
> useful in planning my cutting layout.
> Murphy Opportunity: It's essential to have the stretchiness of the
> fabric horizontal to the legs, otherwise they won't fit.
> I decided to make this pattern without pockets. I will use these
> for low activity and cold weather. If it's cold enough for thepants,
> I'll be wearing a jacket with plenty of pockets. The pants can bebinding
> hemmed, or finished with a stretch binding. I chose the stretch
> to make the ankles more snug - again, good in cold weather.Although an
> integral waistband is fashioned by turning the waist, I chose toadd a
> separate waistband to get a smoother fit.ankles
> My costs:
> Polartec 200 - $34.60
> elastic - $2
> Final Thoughts:
> I like this pattern and will make my husband a pair. Binding the
> may frustrate a first time sewer - if you take your time, it willwork
> out; or, just hem them. It's worth the expense to use real polarfleece.
> No-name fleece would quickly pill at friction points, lose loft, and
> probably tear at the seams.
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