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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Make The Pants That EVERYONE Is Wearing This Summer!

Well, at least everyone I see here in Chicago. 
A little over a month ago, Lisa of Paprika Patterns asked if I would test her new pant pattern. Testing patterns for Sew News over the last 3 years has been a delight and I always enjoy giving a new pattern a try. The pattern is the Amber Trousers, and it offers 2 options, a wide leg pant which I made, or a narrow leg. Both feature a yoke with a soft center front "v"

After I made up the pants, no joke, everywhere I went, I saw someone wearing a version of this pant. 
As I said, the pants feature a front and back yoke. 



There are front pleats, 


Side pockets,




and a side seam zipper. 


The pattern calls for an invisible zipper. I didn't have a navy invisible zipper on hand, so I used the metal zipper and made it an accent piece. 


The pants are so comfortable to wear.


 And they look great from the back too! 


  I ran out of fabric, so I lined the yoke in a print. Why not?!! 


The pants I'm wearing are from the test version of the pattern. Not bad at all for a test run. The only issue I had with the pattern was the length of the pants. I'm 5'6" tall and there was not enough length in the leg for a hem. No problem, I just made a facing and all was good. If you do make up the pants, just be sure to check the length of the pant leg to be sure that you'll have enough for the length that you desire.

Now for the good news!!!!

Lisa has given me a pattern to give away, YEA!!!

If you would like a chance to win a free pattern and make your own pair of Amber pants...and be in the "in crowd" here in Chicago :), then leave a message on this post. I'll announce the winner on Monday, July 4, 2016. 

Good Luck!
Rhonda 



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52 comments:

  1. Please count me in the drawing for this pattern. Your version looks so comfy and cool to wear--something I NEED in the part of the country. ;)

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  2. These Amber wide legs pants from Lisa of Paprika are so versatile and stylish. Love them!

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  3. Count me in please. I read the pattern description and the designer's post on fitting-these look like something I could actually get to fit well! I like your design features with the zipper and facing.

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  4. I've never been in the IN crowd but there is always a first time as I love these pants !
    Thanks for a great giveaway !

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  5. Wow, those look stunning -- and comfy! Please count me in the draw as well. Lyn

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  6. I have never been in the "in crowd" in my life, but I've been eyeing off these pants for a while now. I would definitely love to try them out.

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  7. Great looking pants. What a wonderful "zipper solution"!

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  8. Please enter me in this contest. Love these pants.

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  9. Love your pants. Please enter me into your contest.

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  10. New again! I can remember wearing pants and skirts with this dropped yoke in the 80's, maybe the early 90's. Like the zipper solution!

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  11. Yes please. I love the side zipper as I certainly don't need extra bulk at centre front!

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  12. Love the pants & would love to win the pattern.

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  13. Pleats AND pockets? Who could ask for more. Count me in on the drawing, please. Love what you did with the zipper and coordinating lining. Thanks.

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  14. Oh wow those are GREAT pants, I would love to win the pattern and then once fitted would make up about 6 pairs as I am a bit short in the pants department at the moment.

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  15. The Paprika Jasper is one of my favourite patterns so I would love to try this pattern.

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  16. I'm a mere 4873 miles from Chicago but I'd still like a chance :D

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  17. Count me in. Great looking pants

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  18. Those pants look fabulous on you. They are not a style I would typically choose but I would definitely give them a try if I won the pattern.

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  19. A pair of these pants would look great in Atlanta. Put me in the drawing. Thanks.

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  20. Too funny. I wore those same pants (but with tapered legs to the ankle) back in the late 1980's. Add me to the drawing please.

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  21. they do look gorgeous, I might consider them anyway, I feel like I should start sewing pants anyway (severe wardrobe shortage there).

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  22. What a great pattern! Would love to add this pattern to my WIP list, as I'm busy, busy, busy sewing up a complete wardrobe for myself.

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  23. I'm always looking for a good pants pattern. I'd love to be in the drawing, please. Thank you!

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  24. Love the idea of a double yoke. Yokes seem to make pants fit so much better.

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  25. You look smashing! Would love to try it. Thank you!

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  26. I'd love to start a new "Amber trouser" trend in Rainham, Kent England.
    Prettiest please and thank you if I win :-)

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  27. love these pants--just what I'm looking for! I want to know when I can get the pattern.

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    1. The pattern is available now. Since it's a PDF pattern, if you don't win, it's just a click away :) Here's a link, https://www.paprikapatterns.com/shop/amber-trousers/

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  28. I'd love to win I've never been in the in crowd, just ask my daughter. I'm also five six but a lot moe meaty than you are!! Pants patterns that fit are hard to come by. Could this be made in a knit?

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    1. They could be made in a knit, but I would use a very stable knit so that they wouldn't stretch out.

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  29. Thank you I'd love a chance to win!

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  30. These look like really fun pants. Count me in...

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  31. You make those pants look great, Rhonda. Please enter me in the drawing.

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  32. You look fabulous in these pants. What a cool pattern. Thanks.

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  33. Very nice pants! I love the look of the wide leg version. I've never made pants yet (I'm a newbie) but would love to make this pattern. I think the yoke is flattering.

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  34. So pleased to see something other than skinny jeans! I would love to try it!

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  35. These look so nice on you. Love a yoke on pants, takes away from the waist and very flattering. Best of luck to all ladies.

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  36. I'd love an chance to try these. Thank you!

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  37. Looks great Rhonda. Please enter me in the give away. Happy 4th of July everyone.
    KathyB

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  38. I'm always interested in a great pair of pants. I would like a chance to win this pattern. Thanks.

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  39. Really cute pant. Would love to win the pattern.

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  40. Rhonda, Love your version of thee pants so much that I would LOVE to sew up a pair of these pants!

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  41. I would love to win this pattern.

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  42. Please enter me in the drawing. I would love to make these pants.

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  43. These are really nice Rhonda! I love the exposed zip!

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  44. The pants look great! Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

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  45. I hope this is not too late!

    I had a pair of pants like this also a long time ago, the inverted box pleat and yoke is so much more flattering than the usual knife pleats and waistband!

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  46. sigh....I forgot to add your version looks great, and I like the polka dots in the waistband

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  47. I can see why you love this pattern. Your version is great. Especially the side zip.

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