Know what is remarkably hard to find in life? Men’s pants patterns (that aren’t tuxedo pants). The paucity of patterns out there leads me to the following possibilities:
1. Men don’t sew their own pants.
2. Women don’t sew their men pants.
3. No one has sewn pants since this pattern came out in approx. 1993:
4. Men don’t wear pants.
None of the above makes any sense to me. Women knit men articles of clothing all the time because if you are a knitter with a man-friend, you naturally want to knit him something so that he can measure your love for him in inches of hand-knit fabric. Thus, if you are a sewer and you have a man-friend, don’t you want to sew him something so that he can measure your love for him in machine-stitched articles of clothing? And since men don’t like stuffed animals, potholders, or other adorable and easy-to-gift sewing projects, aren’t pants the natural choice? Because shirts are hard. Shirts are really really hard. I’ve been sewing for twelve years now, and I’ve never made a shirt successfully.
Anyway, despite the obstacle of not having a pattern, I made AQ some pants for Xmas (because I said Hey, I could sew you something and he said, as is only natural, How about pants?). I did it by taking apart a pair of Goodwill-gotten khaki pants, also manufactured ca. 1993 but somehow more appealing than buying the Kwik Sew pattern above for $12 plus shipping.
Here are some shots:
The hardest part BY FAR was sewing an honest-to-goodness fly. Now, it wasn’t as tricky as making a shirt collar (have I mentioned? SHIRTS ARE HARD) but it was pretty durn complicated without a freaking pattern. So I ask you, Simplicity, New Look, Butterick, or heck, INDEPENDENT SEWING PATTERN DESIGNERS, will you please make a men’s pants pattern?