The material is a cotton/poly/spandex blend, an easy-care sort of medium to heavy weight stretch denim in a greenish blue. The pattern is labeled as "trousers" but they have an elastic waistband. I do not want to call these jeggings (it's not 2009, nor am I 13 years old)... maybe I'm willing to say skinny jeans... maybe.
I made size 42 and graded out to a 46 in the hips and bum. This worked out well for this heavier material where I want some ease (my running leggings from this pattern had to be sized down quite a bit for a snug fit.) I love the pleated seams on the front leg! They are so perfectly drafted and it all pieced together exactly right. I also like those knee patches, too. The back of the legs are plain and quite boring. I must admit I made one small mistake, but it's not a real problem.
If you look at the image on the left (from My Image) you'll see that the pleats are folded and sewn downward. Look close at my version on the right and you'll see I folded my pleats upward. I had ironed and sewed one whole panel and flipped it over and realized my error, but I think it's nothing to worry about.
These pants are meant to have the waistline covered by a top. It has an elastic waistband, not my usual first choice for everyday pants but a nice way to ease into working on fitting and sewing pants. I didn't use My Image's suggested technique for attaching the elastic where you insert it into a pre-sewn tube of fabric. I attached my waistband fabric to the pants, quartered off and lined up my elastic on the inside top raw edge, serged it on, flipped the fabric over to encase the elastic, then top-stitched. You can see this technique here on my last pair of these pants. The rise on these are a bit long, I could have shortened them a bit in front. There is some gaping.
There is a fair amount of wrinkling on the back leg and around the knee. In a RTW pair of pants this would be acceptable if I were shopping but I want to work on ridding my pants of these sort of wrinkles. I really would like to take Pattern Drafting II with Annette Hickman at G Street Fabrics. I took the first class with her about three years ago and learned so much, she is a great instructor and I know she'd point me in the right direction.
And now I must give props to my assistant... my two year old son. He chose my fabric and has officially approved of these pants!
**The plaid top is a handmade one from a Cynthia Rowley pattern I sewed up last winter. It is Simplicity 2215 and you can read my original blog post about it here.**