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I found Teach me Fashion when I was first collating designers for my directory. They currently only have a handful of patterns but they are slowly expanding their collection to cover some great wardrobe essentials.

This “new to me” company seems to operate slightly different.  The sell their patterns through etsy at a very reasonable price and then have a you tube video tutorial for each pattern.  The video goes through the full construction of the garment from cutting the fabric to finishing the hems.  The instructions aren’t particularly comprehensive but they are there for guidance only. All of the information you need is in the video.

The patterns are instant download PDFs and are all sizes.

If you want to try one of their patters/videos for free they have a cute two tone singlet on offer.

I recently got the elastic waist trousers pattern from them.

 I haven’t had a lot of success sewing pants (apart from my awesome jeans) and generally I am not happy with the results. I thought that this would be a simple pattern that I could fuss with to get the fit that I like.

I made these out of a lightweight indigo denim and It was very difficult to get photos of these pants.  We had to wait until we had full sun, hence the funny look on my face.

I made the size L based on my measurements and the fit is great.  Though I was a little worried that they might run large as they seem a bit baggy on the model.  

Holding the pattern piece to my leg I could see that they would be too short, so I added about 4 inches to the pattern below the calf.  The elastic waistband sits nicely on my natural waist and after lengthening they finish at that odd 7/8 pant length.  (BTW I am 5’10”)

I tapered it in from the knee possibly a little too much as I can just barely slip them over my ankle!

I made the rest of the pattern as per the instructions. Though it is hard as a “know it all” just to stop and take a moment to watch the video than dive right in.  

The pattern is drafted very well with the waistband and ankle hems angled to reduce the bulk.  It is suggested to use an elastic as wide as the sewn casing. I went for 2″ elastic and I am very happy with how it sits nice and wide and flat.

Now elastic pants aren’t my thing.  But sometimes I do need something a little more comfy than jeans.  The fit is very good and can wear a nice flowing top over them or even something a little more fitting.  I don’t think they look too bad.

It has inseam pockets.  The front and back pieces are designed the pocket openings sit slightly to the front of your hips.  

Overall I am very happy with these pants.  It is a simple pattern that just worked.  I could see me making these again in a cute cotton sateen floral or a dark ponte knit.

Next time I would add the extra length to both above and below the knee.  I also might raise the centre back by a little and not taper the ankles so dramatically.  I might even consider going up a size for something a little more relaxed.

I would love to know if you have tried one of “Teach Me Fasion” patterns too.

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