The pants that I have sewn for myself are few and far between. Something about tackling a pants project really intimidates me. If you feel that way, too, then Simplicity 8389 is a great pattern for you. They are pants with an elasticized waistband, so no front fly or zippers to worry about it. And with the coordinating tie-waist belt, these pants are classy enough for the office, without looking maternity or old-lady. The other best part? They sew up fast! You could finish a pair in a day if you’re really hauling ass, or spread this project leisurely over two afternoons. For more on this project, read on.
The pattern I’ve used is Simplicty 8389, with four different variations for either drawstring pants or elastic waistband pants. I’ve sewn up View D.
My favorite version I’ve seen so far is this linen pair by Mimi G (she slays at everything). Mimi says this is also her favorite DIY pants pattern, due to its ease and chicness. Mimi cut a size 10, and I figured that even though she’s shorter than me, our waistlines and booties aren’t too dissimilar. Plus, I didn’t want to make a muslin so I chanced it and cut a 10, too. I’m pretty satisfied with the fit, but there is a lot of maneuvering involved to pull these suckers up over my bum. Once we get passed the bum they sit comfortably on my waist. Next time I’ll just be more conservative with my seam allowance and maybe use a fabric with a bit of stretch. I cut the belt in a size 12, though, because I like my belts to be plenty long.
The fabric was gifted to me last year during a sewing secret santa swap. It’s a suiting weight fabric. I even have enough left over to make a matching cropped jacket.
I took four inches off the length of the pants for hemming in order to achieve a cropped ankle look. Other than that, construction was really straight-forward. There isn’t much more to say. If you’ve made these pants before, link up to your blog in comments so I can see your version. I’ll leave you now with the rest of the photos from my dreaded indoor photo shoot. Now that it’s cold and dreary out, I’m back to shooting inside, which I find very challenging. If you have any tips for shooting nice photos indoors, please tell!