I wanted to make myself some comfy, loose-ish, interesting, light-weight pants this summer. So when Sew House Seven released their Free Range Slacks pattern I was ALL OVER IT because, guys, they’re called SLACKS! How could I resist?! Who doesn’t want to wear slacks?! No one, that’s who. As one of my (many) personal mottos goes: Life’s too short to wear uncomfortable clothes.
Life’s too short to wear uncomfortable clothes.
Since buying the pattern I’ve made two pairs; one of the wide leg version, and one of the tapered. Here are the details:
Pair one: Wide Leg version (V2 on the pattern).
- Made with rust-coloured linen from Fabricland.
- Size 6.
- Mods: Shortened the rise by 1” (didn’t need to, in retrospect)
Reflections: I fashioned my first pair from a beautiful, drapey, rust-coloured linen. I love the length for wear in the warmer months (and with warm socks and my trusty Blundstones I was able to push their use pretty far into our cool Canadian fall). I made the first pair in the wide-leg version of the pattern, and made them in a size 6. My measurements are 35,30,38 (38 being the biggest part of my bum/hip region). I actually find them a tiny bit too loose, in part because the linen has some natural give to it, and in part because I think I should have sized down a bit. I also shortened the rise by 1” and didn’t need to. I have this idea that I have a short rise, but maybe I don’t really!
Conclusion: Love. Wish they were a touch more snug, but they have quickly become a staple and I can’t wait until it warms up in the northern hemisphere so I can wear them non-stop again.
Pair two: Tapered Leg version (V1 on the pattern).
- Made with mystery probably-wool-blend-fabric from a Salvation Army thrift store.
- Size 4.
- Mods: Shortened the rise by ½” this time (but again, didn’t need to!)
Reflections: I wanted to make my second pair of Free Range Slacks for cold-weather wear. I had found a soft and heavy-ish fabric at the thrift store last year and designated it for this project. I’m *pretty sure* it’s a wool blend, but that’s the thing about thrifted fabric: It’s a bit of a crap-shoot. For this pair of slacks I opted to make the tapered version, and I added a couple inches to the length so I could wear them with ankle boots. This time I sized down and made them in a size 4, and the final product fit me pretty nicely, but this fabric has basically zero give, so sometimes I feel them pull (if I squat or something). So if you make these, consider the way your fabric will behave when you choose your size.
I feel like Goldilocks here, with my first try a touch too big and the second a touch too small! Truthfully I am probably exactly between sizes, so a size 5 would probably fit me JUST RIGHT.
I learned how to flat-fell seams and that was a real trip! Actually, it was a bit intimidating at first but the instructions were clear and one-step-at-a-time I DID IT. I felt pretty great after! And a local sewing pro checked out my seams and encouraged me that I had done a clean job. What a nice affirmation! And even though I can see errors on it, they are the marks of me learning and growing, so I’m proud of them. There’s an option in the pattern to do French seams up the first several inches of the pant bottom (interior) so that they look pretty when rolled up. I opted to do that and I love the look.
What I love about this pattern:
- Sew House Seven includes both a body measurement AND a finished garment measurement chart!! I find this SEW helpful. For real.
- The details – like the flat felled seams and the internal French seams on V1 (the tapered version), the side panels and the beautiful reinforcing stitches along the legs (both versions) are really well articulated and make for a beautiful finished product. I feel so proud of myself each time I complete a SH7 pattern thanks to the care to detail and the challenge those details present me as a very-not-pro sewist!
- It’s versatile! It can accommodate a variety of fabrics and can be modified easily for different body types and different style/fit preferences.
There you have it, folks! I’m pretty sure there will be more Free Range Slacks in my future. This is a great pattern!
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