If unfettered bragging makes you want to throw up, you better turn away from this blog. I’m about to pull back the curtain on my conceitedness.

Behold the wonder that is Vogue 1051, an Alice and Olivia design: Slightly flair legged pants with contour waistband, fly front, and welt pockets, with optional turned cuffs.

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With only the most minor of alterations (cut one size smaller at waist, 1/2″ added to crotch depth, a 1/2″ extension of thigh area on the front pattern piece and 2″ in length), I made some of the best fitting trousers I have ever owned. That’s right. EVER.

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While I was trying to build my career wardrobe, I tried on a lot of pants. I tried pants at run-of-the-mill places and at nice department stores and at higher end boutiques. I tried on pants that cost $50 and pants that cost $250 (or more). I’m talking dozens of pants in dozens of different cuts. None of them fit. Many of them–even those in the nice department stores costing well over $100 weren’t lined. I cannot imagine why you’d want to waste money on unlined wool pants. They won’t last as long. They’ll bag out in places. They won’t drape as nicely. Some wool even itches–and if the fabric isn’t particularly scratchy, the serged seam allowances rub in all the wrong places. And then of those few that were lined, the lining itself was awful. It was clingy and built up static like crazy.

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Pants shopping made me frustrated and then angry. My only option was to take matters into my own hands.

I’m thrilled–THRILLED with how these turned out. While the instructions didn’t explain how to add a lining, I winged it and they turned out nice. If you’d like to try a more scientifically sound method of lining pants, then check out the December 2011/January 2012 Threads magazine. It has an article thoroughly explaining how to line pants. Next time around, I’m going to try the Threads way.

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The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the method used to install the zipper. I don’t know what got into me, but I decided to abandon the tried and true Sandra Betzina method and tried the pattern’s method instead. It involved a heck of a lot more steps (none of them hard–just fiddly) and the zipper isn’t buried very deeply under the fly. It’s not exactly exposed, but I like my zippers hidden far under the extension–just in case I eat a vat of Ben and Jerry’s and my stomach bloats up like a beach ball, thus placing an inordinate amount of strain on my zipper area. I may end up looking like a wreck, but my zipper should still be concealed. You know what I mean?

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They pass the boogie-woogie test. I haven’t yet had time or the necessary space to try the cartwheel test.

Behold! My first welt pockets!

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If you don’t agree that these trousers kick a$$, I just may have to kick your a$$ to settle the matter. LOL :)

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