51 Responses to “Completed: McCall’s 6901”

  1. Jemma September 10, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    So adorable! I want my own pair ! ^__^

    Jemma xx

  2. sallie September 10, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    cute pants!! I just love that fabric. There are definitely some things I like about this pattern – the front darts with the slash pockets is a surprisingly nice style, I like the higher rise, and the mock fly is, agreed, weird, but easy to just add a fly shield and call it a day. I feel like I keep hearing about the ‘j’ curve being preferred for crotch curves and I’m curious what that looks like? Anyway – great pants, dude!

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:05 am #

      I went over the J curve in my Ultimate Trousers post πŸ™‚ It’s a little more scooped than the traditional L shape. I don’t know if it’s necessarily preferred for everyone, but I do know it is best for my body shape, so there’s that!

  3. Tasha @ By Gum, By Golly September 10, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    More polka dot pants omg I would steeeeal them off you in person! πŸ˜€ Soooo cute. I’ve still been on the hunt for a good bottom weight with polka dots but coming up with bupkis. Anyway, I love these pants! I wouldn’t stress too much about the leg. You have a strong sense of what you like, but doesn’t mean you can’t have a pair with a slightly less tapered leg for a change! Although if you were them a couple more times and still feel iffy about it, take them in so you’ll stop having that nagging itch. πŸ˜‰

    Also, totally don’t get why there would be a mock fly either. I have a pair of sleep shorts like that any every time I look at them I think WHY.

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:06 am #

      Good point! I’ll probably wear them around a couple of times (maybe even this week! Low 80s/high 70s OMGGG) and see how I feel about it after that πŸ™‚

  4. Heather M September 10, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    Looking good! For myself when pants look like they need more tapering it may be they are a bit long – re hemming up usually solves it.

  5. ThreadTime September 10, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    These are too cute on you! Personally, I wouldn’t unpick that hem and slim the legs on these…at least wear them a few times before making the decision. You can always slim them down on the next pair. That fabric is fantastic.

    I’d love to see the changes in the crotch you are talking about. Just in case you’re looking for blogging material. πŸ˜‰

    p.s. And I hope you have way too much fun in London and Parish. Lucky Girl!

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      I went over the crotch changes in my Ultimate Trousers post, if you want to take a lurk πŸ™‚ Those are the most common changes I make on *most* pants patterns πŸ™‚

  6. nycbookwriter September 10, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    I love that fact that you wear polka dots so well. Those are adorable. Though, I’d wait on hemming and slimming. Heeled boots and they’ll be more than perfect. πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:08 am #

      Trueee, but I don’t wear heels! Maybe that will change. I need some new (read: not canvas, like all my other shoes) boots for London!

  7. Jen (NY) September 10, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    I wonder if this pattern was designed to go with the PP Pants for Real People book? I have the book, but I am not a big fan of that fitting system (though it seems like a lot of people are). Anyway, the pants did turn out cute!

    I’m curious about the “J” crotch. I have the puffy front crotch problem. Drives me crazy. I have tentatively been trying to change the front curve, but I am not sure as to how much I can change it before it starts to look like something odd is going on there. Is the “J” crotch like it sounds – curving up again where it meets the inseam?

    Enjoy London & Paris!

    • hannah September 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

      I’ve actually read somewhere that if you want to get an accurate curve, you can take a wire coat hanger and bend it around your front and back rise, then trace it to the pattern, to get the shape right. I’ve never tried this method, but it sounds like it would work.

      • jumliana September 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

        interesting idea. thanks!

        and your pants, Lladybird, I really like it. Fit issues are not to be noticed, and the fabric is indeed lovely.

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:10 am #

      It probably is. I don’t care much for their fitting system, exactly (it’s nice for bodices where you can quickly see if it’s even going to cover your body, but I can’t make it work for pants. Just can’t), but the book is such a good resource regardless!

      Puffy crotch is exactly what J crotch curves fixes! You’re right, it just scoops back up. I covered the crotch modifications in my Ultimate Trousers post (different pattern, but I make the same adjustments for most trouser patterns)

  8. Red Point Tailor September 10, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    I love this pants! Thanks for making and sharing! Worth to check this – on the list πŸ™‚

  9. Aimee O September 10, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Gorgeous Fabric! Personally on me I prefer my trouser to be a little more tapered above the knee along the thigh. I just feel boxy if they’re loose up there and then more fitted in the calf. I don’t think you ‘need’ to taper them more, especially as they fit beautifully imo below the knee in the calf area on you…but if you were to slim them down anymore I’d say only in the thigh region.

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:10 am #

      They are actually pretty fitted in the thigh – it’s just the under the knee region that I feel is baggy. But that is a good point πŸ™‚

  10. LinB September 10, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    1. I think that the P&P patterns are intended more for women of my age and girth than for your sweet young self. Things … drop … as you get older. An extra few inches in the crotch gets eaten up when you sit down, as all that loose and flowing flesh needs room into which to expand. Thus the need for a 9″ zipper. Also, intermittent and unpredictable periods of personal overheating make the extra ease included in these designs very attractive to those of us who need the extra air-flow to dissipate sweat.
    2. The mock fly is a coping device for those of us who want a quick result that still looks as if we took the time to make a proper fly. This mock feature is also to be found on lots and lots of rtw elastic-waisted pull-on trousers, oddly enough.

    Oh, dear, this comment is sounding worse and worse as I go! Kudos to you for using the pattern from which you will teach. I’m so glad that your giant brain of wonder can compensate for all the changes needed to make your polka dot pants as perfect as they can be. Carry thou on as thou wilt.

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:11 am #

      You make some good points! I guess it’s easier to take out excess, than to add it (both physically and mentally – I know I’d feel pretty shitty if I had to ADD 2″ to my side seams, or whatever!).

  11. maddie September 10, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    I think you should go with the tapered leg – more of a vintage look that will go with the vintage-esque pattern. Love me polka dots!

  12. SeeKatSew September 10, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Pack light when you go to Paris and make sure your luggage has room for all the fabric you will be buying in the fabric district. Seriously! Lucky you – Paris is great, I love the food there…..mmmm

    • CarmencitaB September 11, 2014 at 1:26 am #

      And bring one or two of these vacuum bags so you can put all your purchases in your luggage.

      • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:13 am #

        Good point, did not think of that!

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      Oh yeah! I’m gonna capsule the shit out of my wardrobe haha. Can only take one suitcase, so it better fit a lot for when I’m coming home! πŸ™‚

      • LinB September 11, 2014 at 9:30 am #

        If you roll your clothes, you can fit them quite neatly into ziploc bags. Sit on the bags to squish out all the air, then zip the seal shut. (Poor man’s vacuum bags.) Also, consider reversible clothing — use really light-weight fabrics, so that when you’ve doubled the skirt/slacks/blouse/dress/jacket, they are “normal” weight. A popular 1990s rtw shell for small-busted women had the same pattern piece for front and back, one solid color on front and another on back, on both inside and outside of the shell. You had one garment, four wearing options (was meant to be worn under a blouse or jacket, which was also reversible). World travel is the only instance in which “100 polyester” is a blessing rather than a curse.

  13. jumliana September 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Lladybird, I went straight to indiestitches and can’t seem to find a place to put discount code on! which means I’m paying full price. whaaat?

    • jumliana September 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

      I’ve already solved it, sorry girl! After I realised it really had nothing to do with you.

      love them pants, and fabric, and all of it!
      great fit, I think.
      and I would go with tapered pants, but thats totally personal, right? could be nice having something different for a change. πŸ™‚

      • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:13 am #

        No worries, hon! I’m sorry I couldn’t respond to you sooner – yesterday was one of those loooong work days – so I’m glad you got it figured out πŸ™‚ Yay, new patterns!

  14. sewcookgardenrepeat September 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Wish I could go to London right now! So jealous! Enjoy your time, and if you have a chance go to Oxford it is freaking beautiful (It stole my heart several years ago). I think the pants look good like that on your BUT I think I agree with Landon that they would look better if they were more tapered. But it is really your opinion that matters the most! πŸ™‚

    • Kelly September 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

      If you do fancy a quick visit to oxford while you’re here, we have a nice little cohort of oxford sewists who will happily entertain you and show you around πŸ™‚ I will totally be joining you in London though! Paris sounds tempting too…

  15. Pamela H. September 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    The pants look great and excellent fit! You mentioned your muslin was quite different from the pattern photo. That’s the same experience I’ve had with three different PP patterns, and I recently saw this stated on another blog about a different PP design. I know they allow ease for alteration, but my interest in trying new PP patterns is waning, due to the amount of reconstruction/refitting required after a muslin is made. Am I alone?

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      Not at all, I feel the same way haha πŸ™‚

  16. Freya September 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    I love polka dot trousers! I’d say taper the legs, it’ll give it a less casual look, which I for one would wear a lot more. I can come to London! Mine meeting strangers off the internet? xxx

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      Are you kidding?? I LOVE meeting strangers off the internet πŸ˜‰ haha!

  17. stripyhat September 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Dude! Paris YES! I haz ticket already! So excited to meet you and the fabulous Clare!

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      YAY!! Cannot fucking WAIT!

  18. Jet Set Sewing September 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Looking forward to the meet-up in Paris! I’ll be so giving thanks I’m not cooking a turkey. Wish I could still wear cute polka dot pants like those without looking like the Thanksgiving float.

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:15 am #

      Me too! And yeah, I’d much rather spend my day of thanks eating cheese and swilling wine. Who needs a turkey, amirite? πŸ™‚

  19. Kayse September 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    These are fabulous!!!

  20. Jo September 11, 2014 at 4:34 am #

    I tried fitting my first pair of pays recently but I’m taking a breather as they were hideously ill-fitting. Haha! These are great! One day I’ll have fab pants like you. One day! They’re so sweet!

    • LLADYBIRD September 11, 2014 at 9:16 am #

      It takes a lot of effort to get a good fit, but girllll it’s so worth it in the end! Promise!

  21. Tamsin W-P September 12, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    I love these, the fabric and fit. I am working on trousers at the mo, made from a block by me to my measurements and they don’t fit! After a pretty stressful summer I must have lost weight or something and I am on my 3rd basted fitting session. But I am determined to get there. As my Husband said they *will* look great, just not right now! Hopefully I will have them done by the time you get to London and I can wear them to a meet up.

  22. Chris September 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    oooo, I’m so tempted by the thought of a London meet-up I’m counting my Euros as we speak. Not sure I have the funds just yet, but could you keep me in the loop re: planning all the same? You can mail be on craftychris AT gmx DOT com

    Thanks so much and (who knows) see you soon!

    • LLADYBIRD September 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

      Yes! I’ll put you on the email list πŸ™‚ Hope you can make it out :DDD

  23. Christina September 14, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    I know I’m late to the party here, but in your first pants post (Ultimate Trousers) you mentioned using fabric with polyester in it to prevent the seat from stretching out during the day. Do you still follow that rule? How much polyester content is ideal? I’m looking to buy pants fabric, probably a stretch twill, if you couldn’t tell. Thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD September 16, 2014 at 6:55 am #

      I try to! You need some lycra/elastic in the fibers – that gives the fabric a stretch recovery, which will keep the seat from bagging out. I try to stick with 5%-10% (I feel like 3% is a little too low most of the time, but you may have different results!). Stretch bottom weights also tend to fare better with the no-bagging.

  24. missjoiedevivre September 28, 2014 at 1:09 am #

    These are fantastic! And the fact that you had to lower the rise in that pattern to get them to the belly button is promising. I like pants to come to my belly button or natural waist, but almost all the pants patterns I look at finish so far below the waist that, on me, they barely cover my butt (I tried on a friend’s Thurlows and they were indecent). All of my cheap RTW “high waisted” pants reach my belly button, just, and my vintage repro “high waisted” pants do manage to reach my natural waist! As for the width, “flattering” just means “appeals to my aesthetic” which is not the same for everyone, so if you like them, then it doesn’t matter if anyone else thinks they’re “flattering”, imho. so I like the idea you have above to wear them a few times before deciding what to do to them.


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