Completed: Colette Clovers (again!) (but these are modified!)

16 Feb

I guess these are technically a “wearable muslin,” but bear with me here. This is the sixth time I’ve made these pants… and I think I’m finally happy with the fit. We’ve had some trial & error, some hair pulling, and a lot of wasted fabric. But on the flip side, I really feel like a Fitting Guru now *and* I’ve used up a significant portion of the weird stretch polyester that I can’t seem to get rid of.

I completely & shameless ripped these off thanks to two completely different sources. For starts, I found myself in the Gap a couple of weeks ago (totally weird in itself, since I never buy RTW from the mall anymore. Handmade or thrifted, thanks!) and I just fell in love with these high-rise flared trousers. Until I tried them on, that is, and realized they were a whopping 8″ too long on me – at 5’2″ (and a half!), I am shorter than average, but I ain’t that short, y’all! And they couldn’t be hemmed, because then I would have lost all that delicious flare. Anyway, they didn’t fit me too hot (too stretchy, plumber’s crack waistband, smile wrinkles all over the crotch, etc) and they were $69, so I tucked the inspiration away in my head and moved on with my life.

Imagine my delight when I discovered Sallieoh’s fabulous red pair – I mean, look at those pants! LOOK AT THEM. Perfect little trouser pants! I DIE. I immediately put the rest of my sewing on hold because, pants. And Sallieoh was so kind enough to provide a series of very detailed tutorials, which saved me all the trouble of figuring that shit out for myself. Thank you, lady! The only part I strayed from the tutorials was to add a flare to my legs – I used instructions from Patternmaking for Apparel Design (a book I’ve had in my possession for a few years now and never actually used… don’t beat me!) and added a ~9″ flare starting at the knee.

I think my pattern could still use a little bit of tweaking to get it perfect – the back dips a little too much, and I need to get that button tab on the waistband under control. But for a wearable muslin, these ain’t half bad! I am going to make them again in my nice lightweight, stretchy denim. These current pants look fine but the polyester isn’t exactly the most comfortable thing to be wearing against one’s skin 🙂

My apologies in advance for the pictures – navy doesn’t photograph too well! Ughhhhh

Navy Trousers

Navy Trousers
Haha goddd my hair looks ridiculous

Navy Trousers

Ok, these pictures are bad… have some super-lightened close-ups.

Navy Trousers

Navy Trousers
I’m sorry for making y’all look at my ass, but don’t these pants fit so nice? 🙂

Navy Trousers

Navy Trousers - flare leg
Flare leg

Navy Trousers
I know, I know – the button tab looks bad. Whatever, wearable muslin!

Navy Trousers
I’ve sewn up a fly or two in my time, but never a fly shield! How exciting!

I feel pretty good about these – they are exactly what I wanted! And pants are so easy to sew up once you get that fit part down.

Navy Trousers



36 Responses to “Completed: Colette Clovers (again!) (but these are modified!)”

  1. Mika February 16, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Man… now I think I have to make pants. Seeing all of the fitting issues nearly everyone is running into with their Clovers, I had basically decided pants were not necessary in my wardrobe. But now… well, since yours look so good, I have been maybe sort-of begrudgingly convinced that I should try.

  2. Sarah February 16, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    ADORE! I have this pattern & I’m horrified to try it. Yours look soo flippin fantastic. Must calm down and try them. 🙂

  3. leahfranqui February 16, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Damn, girl! (Damn yoouse a sexy….okay, well, that’s in my head all day, there we go) these look amazing! So nice! I love these! I just (like, last night!) finished my second clovers but they have nothing on your front fly side pocket flare hem masterpiece. Really nice, Lauren, and you look so classic with your crisp white Violet! You are a Colette ready for the office lady.

  4. oonaballoona February 16, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    cute ass girl!

    i fear the pants, however. for myself.

  5. scruffybadger February 16, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    They are what I’d call dainty. I like what you’ve done and the mods you’ve made- they are hardly recognizable as clovers. Do like pockets! Super cute and also can’t tell from here that fabric’ s naff. Looking good!

  6. Janice February 16, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    They look great! I don’t fear the pants anymore.

  7. Trice February 16, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Looks great, good job.
    You should try taking pictures of yourself in them outside. Maybe the natural light will be better to photograph in.

    • LLADYBIRD February 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      I have tried in the past but I’ve never figured exactly where to stand so the sunlight doesn’t turn me into a giant white blob lol. It’s too cold/rainy to shoot outside anyway. But when it starts getting pretty & green again – we’ll go for round 2 😀

      • Hanna February 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

        Try a cloudy day when the light is soft, direct sunlight tends to get too harsh. 😉

  8. CGCouture February 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    These turned out great! The whole outfit is cute. 🙂

  9. Mikhaela February 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I am TRYING not to fear the pants… I really am. Maybe I will tackle mine tonight–all they need for me to attach the waistband and hem them…

  10. Mikhaela February 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    P.S. Cute pants! And hurrah for being a Pants Fitting Guru!

  11. Kirsty February 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Fabulous fit on these! I admire your persistence and the results you have achieved. Switching them over to a flared style is inspired. It goes to show what you can do if you get the basic fit down pat.

  12. Rebecca February 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    yall- can you enlighten me about why everyone’s modifying clovers so much, and not just getting a different pattern? I get the colette love, I guess I’m just trying to understand the line between one pattern and another (like, one with a waistband and pockets!) and just drafting your own. Has this been covered somewhere? I’m very curious, I’m investing in patterns right now and want to understand the theory behind which ones are worthwhile….and lauren- -i love your style! thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD February 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      I can’t speak for everyone else’s behalf, but I personally chose to modify my Clovers since I already put lots of time/effort into the fit and the end result is just right for me. I think it is easier to make some modifications to the basic block (moving the zipper, changing the legs, etc) and know the finished pants will still fit the way I like, rather than get a whole new pattern and have to go through the fitting again. My body has a short crotch and a protruding butt, so I need to do a lot of fitting! And I don’t mind doing basic drafting because I think it’s fun 🙂 Again, other people may have a different reason why they do this, though!

      • Rebecca February 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

        roger that! thanks – now to get some dang drafting tools! 🙂

  13. symondezyn February 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    As per usual, I’m in awe of your mad skills 🙂 I love the tab in the front and the flare – the fit is really great too – alas, I still fear the pants, but a little less than before, and I want well-fitting pants so badly, I’m not gonna let a little fear stop me! ^__^

  14. Amanda February 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Pants terrify me. Out all of the things that scare me the most, sewing pants sits third on the list right after interpretive dance and mangoes. I like the flared leg and perhaps one day shall try these myself… Maybe… Or possibly after I have conquered the mango fear!

    • LLADYBIRD February 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      Lol, I’m actually mildly terrified of peaches – the inside looks like blooooooood ew ew ew! So your fear of mangoes, yeah, I totally feel ya on that one 🙂 Haha!

  15. Crystal February 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    They look fantastic! You definitely have the fit down now. I want me some Sallie Oh Clovers!

  16. Jill February 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Wow those are perfect! Pants terrify me. I’m jealous of your fitting skills.

  17. alyciacreative February 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I have to say… I fear the pants D:

    But I’ve declared this the summer of sewing (not even spring yet I know lol) but I’m preparing.

    Also, DAT ASS :B

  18. Marie February 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    You did it! The fit is perfect!!! and I love the changes you’ve made…they’re more than a wearable muslin that’s for sure!

  19. Claire (aka Seemane) February 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Lauren your new trousers look great – I really think you’ve gotten your fitting tweaks pretty much sorted now 🙂

  20. Calico Stretch February 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    These are good pants – nice job – and good luck for making them up in non-polyester! Can’t wait to see them ‘for real’!

  21. Stacie February 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    I just saw Sallie Oh’s tutorial and can’t wait to make a pair. I’m so happy to see yours! Awesome job!

  22. Sertyan February 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi Lauren

    I think the fit on this Clover is very good on you. Admire your perseverance for making the right fit! Has anyone told you that you look a bit like Dita Von Reese? You certainly channel her style!

    • LLADYBIRD February 17, 2012 at 9:11 am #

      Ha! I don’t see the resemblance at all but I am still gonna take that compliment and run with it 🙂 Thank you!

  23. Mary Danielson February 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Holy crap, Lauren, these pants look amazing. You are a fitting genius! They’re so perfectly tailored to you and look awesome with your Violet blouse. I still fear the pants, but I am super jealous of yours.

  24. weefrills February 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm #


  25. sallie February 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Yay!! Your clover trousers are brilliant!! My first pair had a pretty funky tab – that just might be one of those things that gets better the second time. I love the fit on you – you look adorable (as always) ! I’m so glad you were able to get some inspiration from my tutorial – and despite the hellish fitting everyone seems to go through with the Clovers – one thing I will say is that they give good butt 🙂 Or maybe you give them good butt?? Haha!

  26. Lisa February 18, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    These look amazing . The fit is superb. I love the gentle flare on the legs.

  27. Casey February 19, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    I love what you say at the bottom about not fearing the pants. Because honestly, that is what is keeping me from making these again! I tested the pattern, and the fit was a complete fail for me (in all honesty, when I test a pattern for someone, I rarely make adjustments so I can test it “out of the package” and catch any mistakes in there that aren’t added by me when I adjust a pattern! :). Tried it again during the summer and I just didn’t feel fantastic in them. However, I just bought a pair of skinny jeans I really like the fit of, so I’m thinking I’ll adjust the Clover pattern based on those. Fingers crossed I can work up the courage (really, inclination!) to tackle these again… 😉

  28. Amy February 19, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    I loved Sallieoh’s tutorials, especially since I was making my first pair of pants at the time. I’m glad you used them to modify your Clovers. Too cute!

  29. Lavender February 27, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    You’re proof that make after make, pants fitting can be conquered! The rear view is proof. I’m still working on getting these perfect… it will happen!


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