Recently I shared on Instagram a little peak into my adventure of sewing two pairs of Lander Pants at the same time. Sit back and grab a coffee (or a glass of wine) if you have the time, because this post is a bit wordy. There were many reasons I decided to do this, the main one being, I wanted to.
In all seriousness though, I had originally planned on sewing the cropped version of this pant, and as I laid out the pattern pieces, I realized I had enough fabric left over to make a pair of shorts. That’s when I decided, why not? So I went ahead and cut out the shorts view as well. It was actually by luck (and a little bit of pattern tetris) that I had enough of this amazing twill to squeeze out a pair of shorts. It is from La Mercerie and it is perfect for this pattern. It is a great summer weight, sturdy enough to hold the high waist shape, but not overly heavy (or hot). Which is important for summers in Virginia. Most importantly it’s my favorite shade of golden mustard and I will love them forever and ever.
I think the best time to sew multiples of the same pattern is when you have a tired and true pattern, that you have sewn previously and perfected the fit. Can you imagine sewing not one but two pairs of pants and having them not fit? The Horror! I had already sewn and worn a pair of Landers before, and I did make some fit alterations to these pairs before sewing. I had to adjust the front and back crotch to get a perfect fit. I would not have sewn this pattern in multiples on my first attempt.
It may seem like a lot of work to sew two pairs of pants at the same time, but in reality it is not actually that much more time consuming than sewing one pair. My process for sewing multiples is the same as sewing one item at a time, I just complete each step multiple times before moving on to the next. For these pairs I cut both views first. Then I interfaced all pattern pieces that required it. I also make sure to keep things in their own piles, so you don’t mix up the pieces. After that I sew as indicated in the directions.
I did a few things to make these pairs different from each other. Most obviously, I sewed two different views, the cropped pants and the shorts. The other thing I decided to do was use a zip fly on the crops (which you can purchase as an add on to the pattern) and the button fly for the shorts. I love both looks and think they are different enough that I wasn’t left with two of the exact same items in my closet (not that I have a problem with that!)
The only other difference between the two was that I opted to leave the back pockets off of the shorts, for a more refined look. I’m still up in the air about this choice, and may eventually go back and add some pockets, but will probably pick a slightly different style than what the pattern provides. I love how they look on the pants, but I think the shorts could use something a little less utilitarian.
I want to also point out that sewing multiplies of a pattern does not mean that you need to rush the process. I still took my time on both pairs of these and used some nicer finishing details to make sure these Landers look good and last.
My favorite is the bias bound waistband. I used this method on the shorts and found it so satisfying. It took a little more time than the method called for in the pattern, which has you turn the inner waistband seam allowance in and “catch” it as you topstitch the waistband from the top. No matter how carefully I do this, I almost always miss a small section of the waistband. With this bias bound method you are left with a much wider seam allowance and there is no chance of not catching it as you top stitch it down from the front.
I’m planning on diving deeper into batch sewing in another blog post coming soon. Until then, a quick recap:
I recommend sewing multiples of the same pattern when you have perfected the fit and love it, have enough fabric on hand to complete the projects at the same time, and most importantly, because you want to! It really is a time saver, and with a few modifications you can have very different garments come from the same pattern.
Also, while this is not a sponsored post, Jess was kind enough to send me this fabric. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Pattern: Lander Pants by True Bias
Size: 4; with some small tweaks
Fabric: Chino Twill from La Mercerie
I’ll leave you with this photobombing cutie.