Sunday, June 1

Contest Entry: Butterick 5895 Crop Pants Review

These are my entry for the Pattern Review “Fitted Pant Contest” that ends on June 9th.  I have been wanting a pair of crop pants for quite sometime now, so this was a perfect time to force me to make a pair.  Entering a contest is not something I normally do, however, after meeting so many fantastic ladies at the PR Weekend in Austin at the start of May, I couldn’t resist participating. 
Sewtofit- Butterick 5895
I used the Butterick 5895 pattern.
Pattern Description:
Fitted cotton crop pants with high waist and tapered to hem.  Has optional roll-up hem. Back zipper, side front pockets and hook closure.

Pattern Sizing:
I cut a size 16 and graded the waist to a 14. 
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, actually it did.
Sewtofit- Butterick 5895
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Extremely easy.  I only checked the instructions to make sure I didn't miss anything.  I chose not to topstitch the crotch seam.  I hemmed 1 inch instead of 5/8. 
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?The front rise is extremely "High."  I know I usually have to lower mine on all patterns, but I think since this one is considered high waist, then it was over 2.5" too much for me.  My front crotch is 8.5" navel to crotch curve.
Sewtofit- Butterick 5895
Fabric Used: Cotton, with 15% stretch only, I think that is too generous.  When I tested the stretch factor is stretched 1" pass the 4" test length.  Thus, I am not considering this a stretch woven.
These alterations were completed on Butterick 5895

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I kept the design pretty much the same.  However, these are my changes:
Front Crotch- lowered by 2.5"
Back crotch- did not have to increase like normal, the back was already pretty high for my build.
Back waist: lowered it by 1/2"
Front/back thigh: increased the front over the upper thigh by 1" to straighten the side seam, thereby, removing said amount from the back pattern piece.
Pocket opening: trimmed 1/4" from the front pocket top in order to shorten it so that it wouldn't fold out.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will be making another pair in a solid color.
Conclusion:
I don't know why they called these jeans on the pattern description, they are not jeans.  Other than that, this would make a great basic pattern from which to create any type of crop pants.
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