In our continuing Makeshift series that demonstrates how design, craft, and fashion can influence on another, we adapt another pattern using Alabama Chanin techniques. This pattern is from Marcy Tilton, a longtime Vogue pattern designer, author of three sewing books, and a name well known to crafters and sewers alike.
As always, we encourage you to use patterns as a source of inspiration rather than absolute guidelines. The more personalization you bring to each piece, the more the final garment will mean to you as the maker—and the more you will elevate the making process.
Marcy Tilton: Vogue Pattern V8499
*2 yards of 60”-wide 100% organic lightweight cotton jersey
1- 40 inch – 1 ½ inch jersey pull
Button Craft thread
Basic sewing supplies: scissors, pins, needles, ruler, rotary cutter
Note: We omitted the elastic in the waistband—replacing it with a casing that will encompass the entire waist and a 1-½ inch jersey pull. Follow the Vogue instructions exactly as written for everything but the waist finishing and seam allowances. We reduced the 5/8” seam allowances on every pattern piece to 1/4” by removing 3/8” from every seam. Reduce hem by 5/8”.
Hand-sew all seams with a straight stitch, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance, using a single strand of thread on our Alabama Chanin lightweight cotton jersey. We felled our seams for the pants above, but that is a matter of taste and desired style. If you choose to do a floating seam, we suggest reducing the seam allowance or trimming around all seams after completion to reduce bulk.
Leave the hem raw.