Hot! The Blue Pants of Many Muslins

The Facts

Fabric: Blue Twill, $7/yd, at 60 inches/yd
Pattern: Colette Clover
Year: 2010
Notions: Invisible zipper, $1
Time to complete: Three months? Ok maybe more like 4 hours once I got the fit down.
First worn: I’ve already worn this twice since.
Wear again? Of course!
Total price: $20, but it would have cost less if I didn’t need to cut the pants twice due to mistakes

I started these pants around October last year, three months ago. I had a hard time with fitting. I made three muslins and the last one worked out, but something must have gone wrong because my first version of these pants in the blue twill were very very large. The waist was way too high. It sat in the corner of my living room for another two weeks in its organized plastic bag until I went back and made two more muslins.

I finally used a pair of ready-to-wear pants as a guide to fitting these and copied the measurements exactly. I barely had enough blue twill left for another pair of pants and had to harvest the invisible zipper from the first pair to use in this version.

These pants almost didn’t make it this week, making it a true UFO challenge.



Janice has been sewing her own clothes for the past few years and enjoys sewing from vintage patterns, especially the 40s, 50s and 60s.


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  1. haha love the name of these pants! And I love the color. Very cute.

  2. The more I read about this clover pattern from Colette, it seems everyone is challenged with getting the correct fit. They look great on you and the color really pops, but girl that sounds like “many muslins”, but it’s great to be a seamstress to get the perfect fit.

  3. Way to battle to the finish! Kudos for constructing pants, too…it seems most of us are leery of them.

  4. Quite a few people seem to be having problems with Clover fitting, they look great on you though.

  5. Great perserverence (sic) I like them on you. I’m not sure about that pattern, everyone who I’ve seen make them has had alot of fitting issues hmmm. You did very well sticking with it until you had something you could wear though! I really like the color

  6. three muslins! well done – I think you tamed this pattern. Love the colour.

  7. I bet you could probably make your own pattern by now. I don’t know if I could have struggled through that. You probably learned a heck of a lot by sticking with it. They really are a great color and the fit looks comfortable. Do you think you’ll make another pair after that experience?

  8. Love that colour and you did a magic job on construction, you would after three muslins, perfect job.

  9. There they are! Yay for rocking the Clover!!!

  10. They look fantastic! Bravo for not giving up!