Alright duck billed platypies. I’ve more pants for you. These pants are quick and dirty and not pleasant to look at. And unlike the last post I don’t have much for you other than pictures. Over the last day I’ve thrown together the Hot Patters Razor Sharp and Everyday pants, and then a hybrid…

First trousers were the Hot Patterns Razor Sharp trousers – I cut between a size 26 up to the hips, then veered to a size 24. For the muslin (a poly wool blend) I taped up the pieces to skip the pockets and I also left off the fly. I give these pants a so-so rating – they have an incredibly angled crotch curve – like an L – and it’s very, very deep in the back. It’s actually quite an odd feeling… here’s a photo of the pattern envelope – all the action shots will be lined up together below. I will say this, though, they are QUITE comfy!

HP 1053 Classix Nouveau Razor-Sharp Pants

After the Razorsharps I went with the Everyday pants. For these I cut a straight size 26 all the way around, suspecting they’d be more fitted. They were, and while the finished (sort of finished) product is too snug on top, I was pleasantly surprised by the cut of the leg. I’d thought they’d be a frumpy not-very-wide-not-very-narrow when in fact, they were more what I was looking for. It has crossed my mind during this pants adventure that due to the grading up to my size, part of what I didn’t like was the huge legs of the wide-legged style. These pants are meant to have a waistband, so you might see a bit of undie lace poking out. Oops! a NSFW post!

HP 1051 Plain & Simple Everyday Pants

For my third try, I laid the Everyday pattern piece over the Razorsharp muslin and recut the legs of the much-larger Razorsharps to the Everyday dimensions. I wasn’t impressed with the result, especially what it did to mash up my hind end! I’m including photos, not only for your edification, but also for my benefit of further study.

So, without any more comments – I mean, what’s there to say? Here’s the lineup… first, the front view.

Hmmm… I’m torn between the everydays and the simplicity for winner on the fronts!

Now the backs…

I don’t even know what to think. The Razorsharps and the Simplicity ‘fit’ better – but have that odd no-butt look! And now the sides…

Hmmm… again, not sure what I think! Except I see here that the everyday leg looks a bit snug on my calf – that’s unexpected!! I probably like the Razorsharp look the best – I don’t like the tapering of Simplicity 3688 and the other two are too snug to decide on. It’s possible that some nice creases could change the look of the the Simplicity trousers in a good way!

What’s next? More fiddling – also, I think I’m going to make Hot Patterns Marrakesh Drawstring pants for the spring challenge – they have a drawstring waist AND a fly and nice little rolly things to hike ‘em up to capri length – perfect for spring gardening – I like to wear cargo-like capris in the garden because I hate kneeling in the dirt with shorts on – it hurts! I assume these will be much easier to fit…

HP 1091 Wong-Singh-Jones Marrakesh Drawstring Pants

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