For this week’s retrospective, I’ve chosen to share a pair of pants I made a few years back. The pattern I used is Vogue 1986, featuring the designs of Isaac Mizrahi, part of the Vogue Attitudes/American Designer series. The pants were made around 2007. They’re another one of my $1/yard “make something out of nothing at all” productions. The fabric was indeed a buck a yard (from Walmart again I think), and was originally an orange muslin sort of fabric that I bought and used to make a bag dispenser, which I’ll show in a future post. For some reason I decided to change the color and dyed them either a brown or black, but they didn’t dye evenly. You can see the mottled effect in some areas.
The pattern was made to accommodate 2 out the 4 figure types defined by pattern companies: the inverted triangle, and the rectangle. Neither of these is my figure type, and I knew nothing of the figure flattery symbols at that time, but I think that the pants are flattering nonetheless! If I make this pattern again however, I’ll make an adjustment or two to the pattern, now that I know how they fit.
For your reference, the 4 figure types and their symbols are shown below:
THE INVERTED TRIANGLE: Large bust and/or broad shoulders with narrow hips.
THE TRIANGLE: Small bust and/or narrow shoulders with full hips and/or thighs.
THE RECTANGLE: Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition.
THE HOURGLASS: Equally balanced on top and bottom, with a trim waist.
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