Trying out the Deer & Doe Narcisse Pants
I made some fun pants that I’m not sure I will ever wear.
I know I am not the first person to say that about a finished project—and I don’t have anything negative to say about making these pants. The pattern was lovely, the style is interesting, and while they are a little bit wild, I do think that the choices I made for these pants are fun. If I’m honest with myself, the problem with the pants has more to do with my extremely boring mom-lifestyle than anything else.
The Deer & Doe Narcisse Pants are an interesting wide leg pant with a side panel down the side. This made them extremely easy to adjust and would make them a great candidate for grading up a size or two without making any major changes to the pattern. I made a quick muslin of these pants out of quilting cotton when I was visiting Loni in December and ended up taking a smidge off the hip before making my final.
The pattern is designed for non-stretch fabrics such as chambray and twills. My final pair of pants were made out of a stretch suiting from Jo-Ann Fabrics. If I make these again, I think I will use a non-stretch lightweight denim or even linen for summer. CAN YOU IMAGINE THESE IN WHITE OR CREAM LINEN? Okay, summer sewing plans are already brewing in my brain even though 2 inches of snow is on the back patio with more coming down.
Because I used a stretch fabric, I had a bit of issue with the pockets gaping. I decided to add a button at the pocket so that I could still use the pockets but the button would hold the pocket closed. I’m happy with the solution and it does solve the problem. I do think that the pocket gaping would not be an issue if I use a non-stretch fabric (like the pattern recommends! follow the pattern recommendations!).
I learned a ton about pants making from this pattern. I inserted my first zipper following their excellent instructions. I made my first welt pocket in the back also following extremely thorough and clear instructions. I really liked how there is a button on the back of the welt pockets that holds the pocket bag down so it doesn’t flip up inside your pants. The attention to detail in the pants construction was extremely useful in learning to make pants and I think a pants-making beginner could tackle these pants with relative ease.
I do think this outfit as styled is very cute. And I could definitely wear it out for cocktails or to the theater… when I do those things which is almost never! Alright, that’s not entirely true. I occasionally go out to a play. And I occasionally go out to a nice dinner. So for the next time I do, I won’t be able to say that I have nothing to wear because I have REALLY FANCY PANTS.
I know that our month of making pants is over but I’M STILL MAKING PANTS. I have two pairs of Ames Jeans by Cashmerette Patterns cut out and in progress. And I have a few other posts I want to write about #sewfancypants and what I learned from this wonderful experience co-hosting this sewing challenge.
Deer & Doe were a sponsor of #SewFancyPants and gave me a copy of the Narcisse Pants to try out during our pants sewing month. I documented making these pants on my Instagram account @makerheart. They also gave away a PDF copy of the Narcisse Pants to one of our #SewFancyPants grand prize winners. Thank you Deer & Doe for supporting the sewing community online!