Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…

Last week, I tested for 4 different designers, for a total of 5 different patterns. This week, I have had the fortune of leading a Sew Along and helping to spread the word about 3 fabric vendors and one pattern designer. February has been a crazy month so far!
First up, I want to talk about Itch to Stitch’s  (https://goo.gl/6SBhov) Sequoia Cargos & Shorts Digital Sewing Pattern. THEY ARE AMAZING!!!

I was selected to help test her great pdf pattern, and the fit, pocket placement, and instructions were all a recipe for success, from the size 0 participants to the size 10’s, to my plus size. Every curve and seam fit my body beautifully. The only adjustment that I had to make was to remove around an inch in the overall length, which is pretty amazing, as anyone who has made themselves a good-fitting pair of pants will tell you.
They were Just the kind of cargo pants that I am always wanting to shop for, but stores rarely carry in my size: convertible cargo/hiking pants. They even have a touch of elastic at the waistband to accommodate more body types and flexibility for different kinds of activities. You can make them out of many different types of woven fabric, but you do need a bit of interfacing for the pockets and rib knit fabric for your waistband.

Admittedly, my desire to have convertible cargo pants is more of a desire to have capris in the warm Texas summers, as well as place for my phone, headphones, keys, and snacks; BUT, they would work for hiking my former back yard: the Appalachian trail.

The only negative that I found myself experiencing while making this pattern was the setting of the 14 sets of metal snaps (which was NOT a problem with the pattern itself, but with my setting tool), which are more secure than plastic snaps and can go through the layers of fabric and interfacing in the pocket flaps. The metal snaps that I had purchased kept unseating themselves in my snap setter tool, so I looked like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman trying to eat the escargot: Slippery little suckers, indeed! Note to self: I need a more consistent setting tool, because I intend to make myself at least 3 more pairs of these pants this month!!

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