Sewing Fail: Colette Patterns Clover

Esteemed Sewing Assistant with Clover pants pattern.

I was really excited to get the new pants pattern Clover from Colette Patterns, but upon making a quick muslin of it right off the bat, it was definite muslin fail. I must be too used to wearing vintage-styled clothing since the inseam was way too low on me. That’s something I’m not used to anymore — it feels like the pants are going to fall off. I must have measured wrong or something since I made a standard muslin with actual muslin and the hips and waist were way too big. Granted this is without any alterations, and I have the same problem when buying ready-to-wear jeans.

I thought Clover would be my TNT cigarette pants pattern, but not without some alterations. I have higher expectations when buying modern patterns since they come in multi-fit sizes and are tailored to more modern proportions, and so if something doesn’t fit right out of the box I’m more surprised than usual. The pattern looks well-drafted and has clearly written instructions and I don’t want to give up on it yet.

5 thoughts on “Sewing Fail: Colette Patterns Clover

  1. I just sewed up my Clover muslin as well and had the same problem. It was odd because I measured exactly and graded the patterns to fit, but the finished pants were gigantic. They seemed a lot looser than the photos I’d seen—even at the ankle hem. I think I’m going to try going down a size and grading in the especially baggy parts. I’m determined to get a go-to pattern for slim/side zipper pants out of the pattern. Good luck with your alterations. Love your creations.

  2. It’s so strange, because the pattern said it would have negative ease, and am using a non-stretchy muslin (plain muslin), and it still didn’t fit! I expected it to be way too small not way too big. For me the crotch area was way too short, but I have this same problem in RTW pants, especially the modern low-waist styles that are out now. Good luck in your pants-sewing adventures — I’m reusing Clover for the pants leg pattern, so we’ll see how it goes.

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