As part of the Curvy Year of Sewing, I decided to share trousers to fit the theme for Jan/Feb. I made Blank Slate Patterns Forsythe Trousers, an elastic waist trouser with front pockets and back welt pockets. The trousers can either be full length or capri length. The Forsythe Trousers go up to a 55″ hip. It’s not an amazing size range: my 55″ hips just make it into the pattern’s 3XL size.
I have a double belly, big booty and a waist that is about 7 inches smaller then my full hips. I haven’t done a lot of pants fitting and have only just begun with it, but this pattern is great for beginners. They are like secret pjs and are so so sooooo comfortable to wear.
The first version I made was with a lightweight denim with deers and stars on it. I made the capri length in anticipation of wearing the pants for a trip over the holidays to Cuba. The fit wasn’t perfect. I did my usual adjustments before this pair by adding to the back rise (big booty adjustment) and scooping out the front crotch. The back fits pretty close to perfect for my first version, but the front crotch definitely needed more scooped out of it as there is some pooling of fabric in that area.
My second version is made using a lightweight stretch suiting material with stripes throughout. For this version, I scooped out more in the front and actually lowered the rise a bit at the center back. There is maybe a few more tweaks that could be made, but overall they fit pretty well and I really love them. You’ll notice in both versions I left the back pockets out. I am not a fan of back pockets in general. I have them on a few other pants I made, but I just don’t like them. I never use them and find that they don’t really add any benefits for me. I do, however love the front pockets and think they are a great size. My phone fits in them so that makes me happy.
I took about 4-5 inches off the hem to get them to fit correctly. I didn’t go for the cuffed hem, but instead made a 2 inch deep hem. I could maybe go for an inch more off the hems, but these are okay.
Blank Slate Patterns always has great instructions that are easy to follow. I also find that their patterns are pretty standard and I can make the same adjustments. I actually used my Barton shorts pattern to help me get a good fit with my first pair by comparing the pattern pieces to make my adjustments.
I’m a big fan of how the pattern looks on me and I am definitely going to make it again.
It’ll be a great addition to my work wardrobe.
Size Range (1-5): 4 Could be a bit better, but it’s nice to be in the size range.
Instructions (1-5): 5 Blank Slate Patterns always have great instructions.
Construction Process (1-5): 5 No issues with the construction process. Although, I didn’t try out the welt pocket.
Final Fit (1-5): 4.5 The final fit is super close to what I wanted. I just need a bit of an adjustment at the back crotch and back thigh and a bit more off the hem and then they should be great.
Overall Rating: 4.6
The pattern is super close to 5 for the overall rating. I do think the size range could go up a bit higher. I think that about most patterns, though, and tend to be pretty tough on pattern companies. If I am in the top ranges, I generally think they should go higher. The fit is pretty good. I never expect to make zero adjustments and since these fit well with some minor adjustments, I am pretty happy. So glad to have a comfortable pair of pants for work. Secret pjs for the win!