Hi again! I am back with my tester version of the new release from True Bias, the Lander Pant and Short. It’s a high waisted style that comes in 3 lengths. It has an exposed button fly, and patch pockets on the front and back. I tested the shorts, despite being so in love with the ankle length. If I’d had enough fabric on hand I absolutely would have made that view knowing that we were on the way into Fall and my shorts wouldn’t get a whole lot of wear before Summer ended.
I am always excited when Kelli from True Bias is working on a new pattern. Her patterns tend to push me out of my comfort zone just a little bit. I remember when I tested the Emerson pant thinking that I wasn’t sure I could pull off the wide leg cropped pant. Now it’s all I want to wear. I wasn’t sure how I would look in the slight cocoon shape of the Lodo dress, but my two Lodo dresses are wardrobe favorites. I have been VERY slow to come around the the high waisted pant trend so I was wondering how much I would wear the Lander shorts after I made them. It turns out the only thing holding me back from wearing them is the fact that it’s now too cool here for shorts.
I loved sewing these shorts. Since I made my first pair of Morgan jeans I became a total button fly convert. They sew up so quickly and are really easy to do. This was my first exposed button fly and I love how it looks! I am really into the look of the big front and back patch pockets, too. It’s such a challenge to see any details in photographs of black clothes but the photos that are on the True Bias website show off the details a lot better.
I am all over the place on the True Bias size chart and I’m never quite sure whether to grade to a size 14 or 16 in the hips. This pattern has 1″ seam allowances on the side seams so there is room to adjust for fit. I decided to cut a 10 graded to a 14 and when I got to the step of sewing up the side seams I basted them first to check how they fit. They were a little snug so I gave myself an extra 1/8″ of the seam allowance, which made the shorts 1/2″ bigger in circumference. I made no other fitting changes other than lengthening them by 2.5″ and I’m really pleased with the fit!
One of the challenges of being a pear shaped person and trying to wear high waisted pants is that they are a little bit of a wrestling match to get over my hips. Once I get them up they feel fine but the process of putting them on is sort of hilarious. This particular black twill doesn’t have a lot of give to it at all and I’m getting a little bit of pulling at the front crotch. I also have my typical drag lines on the back of the leg. Kelli scooped out the front and back crotch on the final pattern which I am anxious to try. I think I will probably lengthen the back crotch on my next pair to see if I can get rid of some of the drag lines.
As soon as I made these I knew I needed to make a cropped Willow tank to go with them. I was inspired by Kelly from Cut Cut Sew to add a center back seam to the tank for some visual interest. This is my second Willow tank and I’m still working out the fit a little bit. I definitely need to raise the darts by at least 1/2″ on my next one. The darts seem to be lower on this tank than on my first version. I can’t decide if it’s worth the time, but I’m sort of considering doing a bunch of unpicking to angle them up. I used my fancy birthday linen from The Fabric Store so I’m pretty bummed that it didn’t turn out perfectly. But since it uses such a small amount of fabric I might just get more eventually and make a second one. The chances of me keeping this shirt white all the way until next Summer are pretty slim, now that I think about it.
At any rate, I love how the cropped tank looks with the high waist of the Lander shorts! I’ve got some Olive twill waiting in the wings to become the ankle length Lander pant. I am excited about wearing them this fall. I definitely have tees that I can tuck in, but I’d love to come up with some cute cropped thing with sleeves to wear with them. Maybe a cropped Ebony tee? Any other suggestions?
If you are interested, the Lander pattern is 20% off until Sunday, Sept 10 with the code LANDERLAUNCH. I think this is a great pattern to try if you’ve never made pants before. The instructions are really detailed and thorough and you’ll end up with a great looking pair of shorts or pants!