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In the Folds for Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants

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Lately, I’ve feeling the need for some fresh, new pants silhouettes in my wardrobe. After trying out the Arenite Pants, I wanted to continue my “massively oversized pants” journey and find something that would work well for the transition into fall. I honestly don’t even know how I stumbled upon this pattern, it hasn’t had a ton of traction in my corner of the internet yet, but I think that needs to change! This is the Wide Leg Pants pattern made by In the Folds for Peppermint Magazine.

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Not only is it FREE, but it also goes up to a size 54″ hip (you have to download the pattern to find the size chart), which is something rarely seen in free patterns. I found it to be impeccably drafted and well fitting; I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more patterns from this line. In fact, I also made the Peplum Top, and though it required some fit adjustments, I’m happy with it as well. And now I have my eye on all the patterns from In the Folds! I could have sworn they had a smaller size range, but I just checked out the website and the patterns go up to a 49.5″ bust and a 54.75″ hip. Yay! There may be a Collins Top in my near future.

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As for these pants, well, they live up to their name. They sure are wide legged! Half the time I wear them I feel like a clown and the other half I feel like I’m having a chic European adventure. I’ve only worn them twice so far because I’m having a hard time figuring out what to pair them with. I think I need to work on making some more tightly fitted AND cropped tops, all of my current tops only fit one or the other of those categories.

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As for fit, I was quite impressed. I have had more fitting troubles with LESS fitted pants patterns than with more fitted pants patterns, if that makes sense. I think it is down to the fact that I can’t rely on stretch and negative ease when I am not making skinny jeans! My measurements fell between sizes, but closer to the “I” size so I cut that. I preemptively added an inch to the back crotch curve, which may have been slightly excessive. I may reduce it a bit if I make the pattern again. After cutting the pattern pieces, I basted to fit and decided to take in the side seams a bit to account for the fact that I used a slightly stretchy denim (maybe 1/2″ each?) and then scooped out the back crotch curve a bit more.

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While the final back fit isn’t perfect, its MILES ahead of many other loose fitting pants I’ve tried (Style Arc Kerry Cargo Pants, Jalie’s pull on pants, a Lekala pattern drafted off my measurements, just to name a few…). However, if you know how I can get rid of that long draping drag line from my high hip to calf, I am all ears. But before you suggest it, know that I’ve tried many iterations of the knock knee adjustment without much luck. I think my fit issue relates to the fact that the fullest part of my hip is only inches below my waist, and I have essentially no hip curve below that. This forces the pants to hang off my high hip, which is not typically what they are designed to do. I think that for most women, the fullest part of the bum is near the bottom (lets say a pear shaped bum), while mine is near the top (I like to describe as a heart shaped bum). I keep googling fit advice for that, but no luck yet. I guess its up to me to solve this issue and then spread the gospel to other ladies “blessed” with the heart shape bum 😉

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This pattern has great front pockets with a nice, substantial waist stay that actually works for me. In my skinny jeans, I’ve been making the waist stay from stretch fabrics, but I was able to get away with quilting cotton for this one. After reading some reviews online, I discovered that the fly is put in reverse from how it is typically done in womens’ pants. Maybe the pattern designer was going for menswear inspired, but I figured that would drive me nuts and decided to reverse it. That should have been a quick fix but this pattern used a different fly construction technique from what was used in the Ginger/Ames jeans. Between trying to learn a new technique and doing in reverse, I’ll just say I ripped the thing out quite a few more more times that I would have liked. However, I’m happy to have learned a new technique, and one that doesn’t involve clipping into the crotch curve at any point.

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After a very scientific instagram poll, someone suggested to me that I use a trouser hook instead of a button. Genius! I never would have thought of that but I love how it ended up looking. It really pulled these together as “refined jeans”, which is something that fits perfectly into a New Mexico wardrobe. You don’t see a lot of dress pants around here, but there is definitely a place in my wardrobe for a pair of pants that say “I made a little more effort than just wearing my everyday jeans”.

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All in all, I am super happy with these pants, I just need to figure out how to style them. And how to wear them with boots in the winter! If I can pull that off, I will be a happy lady. Is there room for another pair of these in my wardrobe? Probably not right now, but thats the beauty of a free pattern. However, I am wondering if I can narrow the leg a bit, lengthen them, and end up with a totally different looking pair of pants.

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Two In the Folds for Peppermint Magazine Patterns together- the Wide Leg pants and the Peplum Top!

Just the Facts:

Pattern: In the Folds for Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants

Current Measurements: Hip 52-52″, Waist 41-42″

Size: “I”, taken in a bit after basting to fit. 1″ added to the back crotch curve and an additional 1″ scooped out under the bum

Fabric/Notions: Mystery stretch denim from the stash, Dritz trouser hooks, stash zipper

 

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10 thoughts on “In the Folds for Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants

  1. This is a really great looking pair of pants, I like the cleanliness of it, no contrasting top stitching or visible button. It calls all attention to the shape of the pants 😀

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  2. I love these pants and I really want to make them now that I see you in them. It’s a lovely review by the way, thanks you. Reinhilde

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  3. The trousers look lovely with the peplum top which balances them very well. I will download the pattern and have a go. I have a prosthetic lower leg and the knee catches on jeans and trousers and makes them ride up. These might be the answer. I would make them longer though. They make me think of the Bay City Rollers at the length they are now. Smile.

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    1. Thanks! I agree, the length as designed is a bit retro and that is certainly not everyone’s style. It seems like wide leg pants might work for you, I sure hope so! With this stiff denim, these really stand away from my legs. Good luck!

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  4. Not bad at all for a freebie! 😉 I love the minimalist way you handled the finishing (hook versus button, matching topstitching thread for the fly), as it really lets the shape of the trousers shine. I 100% feel you on styling wide-leg pants, as it is a continuing struggle for me also. Tops AND shoes are hard, LOL!

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  5. These are awesome! I like the clean line of a jeans trouser, but I’m a little leery of the crop length. With the right shoes, it’s great, of course. Regardless, my shape is very similar to yours, so I may have to start my pants odyssey with these!

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    1. I agree it’s a difficult length and width to wear! And I haven’t really figured it out yet either. At least the pattern is free, so I say it’s worth a go!

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