May 16

Amber Trousers and… Shorts!

I’ve been a fan of Paprika Patterns for a while now. Recently Lisa posted about a new pants patterns and a call for reviewers. I took one look at the pattern and knew I had to do this – they are very similar to a pair of pants I had back in my 20’s that I probably would have married if I could have. I ended up literally wearing them to death and then I married a guy instead, so all worked out ok except I still missed those pants. Until now!

The Amber Trousers are a casual, beachy type pant with front and back yokes, slash pockets, side zip and front inverted box pleats. Variations are a tapered or wide leg, with ankle length (tapered) and regular long length (wide). I started with a test pair that I made in shorts length, just in case I had to toss them, and also because I desperately need shorts for this crazy hot weather we have all of a sudden. I used a rayon challis but because the print was too bright and irritating for what I envisioned, I turned it around and used the more muted back side. I cut the yokes and pockets on the crossgrain for visual interest.

amber shorts front

When I cut them out I used a size 4, and followed the instructions to construct through attaching the yoke, then fit. They were quite big! I took them apart, cut them down, put them back together and compared the sizing to the pattern pieces. They were then close to a size 3. I made adjustments on my pattern pieces for next time.

amber shorts side

amber shorts back

I also vented the hems on the shorts for extra wearing ease, and it looks good below the contrasting pattern of the pockets (although you can’t see the vent on the side view photo, sorry! I found the invisible zipper insertion to be very easy. Lisa will have a tutorial on her site soon for this part of the pattern.

The shorts are so comfortable!

Now to the trousers version…

I made the tapered leg version. The suggested fabrics for the tapered are rayon, silk, or other finer flowing fabrics. The wide leg fabrics included linen. I was naughty and used linen for the tapered leg. I really, really wanted a yoked pant with this rust colored linen I have, but I feel uncomfortable in wide legs (don’t know why, but I do). I was happy I deviated from the list because they turned out great!

amber pants front leg

amber pants back

I forgot to take a photo, but I altered the back yoke to accommodate my hip-to-waist ratio with two darts. Pant making changed for me once I learned to do this.

amber pants side front

amber pants front

Yay! Love these pants!

I received a free copy of the pattern in order to review it – good or bad. This one is definitely good 🙂




May 16

Little White Denim Jacket

I’ve had a serious hankering for a white denim jacket for a long time. Something to wear with blue jeans that wasn’t blue. Yes I know they say that blue denim with blue denim is hot right now but ugh, I’m not there yet. A couple months ago I ordered some white-ish stretch denim from FabricMart thinking I would make some pants with it, but every time I touched it, it said “jacket”. So I made Butterick 6169, a Lisette pattern. Yes this is me in my socks with Birkinstocks…hey that’s how I live!


I had earlier made a trial version of a size 10 B6169 in a sweatshirt fleece and found it too big, so this time I forged ahead and tried a size 8 with no pattern alterations, and it fits pretty darn good.

B6169 side

The upper back of the sleeves has a few wrinkles, as does that upper back on the right, but this is a casual jacket so it doesn’t bother me at all. I had to skimp on the sleeve hem allowance so if I make this again I’ll lengthen the sleeve, although I wear them rolled up most of the time. Oh – this pattern is known for it’s teeny-tiny pockets so I just enlarged my pocket bags.

B6169 back

The lining is a poly crepe (non-stretch) with stars all over it – it makes me so happy to look at it! Overall I’m so danged pleased with this jacket! It gets a lot of love from other people too, and now I know why 🙂

Oh – if you make this, check out the sew-along here at the Lisette Blog. I lays things out nicely and shows how to bag the lining instead of the fiddly Butterick instructions.

B6169 sleeves rolled