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October 19th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Thalia Pants Review

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thalia pants

Thalia Pants (LaFred 102)
UPDATE: I added the picture. After wearing and washing these pants several times, I’m happy to report that I still like them very much. They are so great for work. I tucked the shirt in for the picture. Usually, I do wear the top untucked with these pants because the wide front waistband folds in 2.

Pattern Description:
Thalia Pants are full legged pants with lots of ease, a center front pleat, front side pleats, wide waistband, and pockets.

Pattern Sizing:
Hip size 31.5 to 50 inches. I made the XXL for hips of 48 inches which is the recommended size for that measurement.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Mostly. The waistband is much wider than it appears in the drawing.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I thought they were, but I didn’t completely use them to make the pants. I was using Pants for Real People to fit them, so I followed the instructions in there on fitting.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

LIKE: I like the style. I have large thighs, so I really like wide legged pants with lots of ease for work. I sit a lot, and most RTW pants don’t have enough ease for my thighs when I sit.

LIKE: Since there is so much ease in the hip area, all fitting is done at the waistband. The back waistband is elastic, and the instructions tell you how long to make the elastic according to your measurements. The front buttons down, forming pleats, and making it very easy to the exact perfect wasit fit by moving the buttons.
DISLIKE: The waistband is too wide. It folds in half.

DISLIKE: The back crotch curve is for a flat butt. This is only a problem is you have a protruding butt like me.

Fabric Used:
A very drapey 50% Rayon/50% Acetate woven. It’s pretty lightweight; the lightest I’d go for pants.

It’s very important to use a very, very, very drapey fabric for these pants. The center front pleat will stand out away from your body if you don’t. I have a bit of a tummy, and with the very drapey fabric I used, I don’t have a problem with the front pleat.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:

The crotch curve in these pants doesn’t fit me at all. I took 3 inches out of the front (& back as recommended by PFRP) and added 5 inches in the back. I need to take another inch out of the front. And I need a better back curve; they give me a bit of a wedgie even tho I have excess fabric in the front. The back crotch curve is very much an L shape.

I added 1.25 inches to the leg length.

I had to take the front waist in 3 inches.

Next time, I’ll make a narrower waistband. Mine really wants to fold in half.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Once I find a pair of pants with a better back crotch curve for me, I plan on making these again. I don’t have very much experience fitting pants, so I’m not confident that I could just draft a more C shaped back crotch curve.

I know a lot of people think there is too much ease around the hips and thighs in these pants, but I really like the ease there.

And I’ve heard complaints about the center front pleat being unflattering because it emphasises the tummy. It could be that I have a flat tummy, comparatively speaking. I didn’t find the front pleat unflatering.


These are a great pair of pants for me. If you like full, drapey pants, I recommend giving these a try.

I want DH to take pix of me in them, so it may be a while before I get an image up.

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