This month’s Cashmerette Club pattern, the Ashwood Pants, is a ponte pants pattern featuring trendy flared legs. But what if you prefer straight or narrow legs? It’s an easy change, and we show you how in this blog post!
We’ve taken the comfort of leggings and added a pinch of polish, and voila! The Ashwood Pants are elegant ponte pants with stylish princess seams and optional front slits, and of course, pockets. The Ashwood are fitted through the waist and hips and flare below the knees, with a yoga-style waistband for the ultimate in waist comfort. A super-speedy sew, you’ll be ready to hit the town in your secret pajamas in no time.
The Ashwood Pants pattern comes in sizes 0-32 and is available exclusively to Cashmerette Club members. Not a member yet? Join today for as little as $9 USD—cancel anytime.
What if you prefer your pants to have straight or narrow legs? De-flaring the Ashwood couldn’t be any easier. Here’s how:
How to sew straight leg Ashwoods
To turn your Ashwood Pants into straight leg ponte pants, simply draw a straight line down from the knee notch to the hem, parallel to the grainline. Do this on all four leg pieces (#1, #3, #4, and #5).
Cut your pattern pieces along those new lines and you can then follow the regular instructions for sewing up your Ashwood.
You may find that you also want to take a bit of length off your straight leg Ashwood compared to the flared version. Try on your muslin to check the length before deciding how much to remove.
Here’s the straight leg version shown on our lovely team member Jen!
How to sew narrow leg Ashwoods
If you want to sew narrow, legging-style legs on the Ashwood, start by following the instructions for the straight leg Ashwood in the section above, then sew up your Ashwoods and put them on inside out. Keeping the center seam of each leg centered on your own leg, pin the side and inseam close to your leg all the way down. It may help to use safety pins so that you don’t poke yourself, and remember to move around with the pinned legs to make sure you’ve achieved a comfortable fit while standing, sitting, walking, bending down, and so on.
You may find that you also want to take a bit of length off your legging-style Ashwoods. After you’ve pinned the sides, you can see how much you want to take off, remembering to account for the hem allowance.
Take the pants off and sew along the new seam lines that you’ve pinned. Trim the excess fabric and finish your seam allowances with your preferred method. If you plan to make these pants again, also transfer your adjustments to your pattern pieces.
Easy peasy, right?
Let’s start sewing!
We can’t wait to see how you make the Ashwoods your own! Join Cashmerette Club today to download the Ashwood Pants and get started sewing instantly.
(Joining after January 2023? You’ll need to sign up at the All Access level to get the Ashwood Pants.)