Pattern Testing: SOS Knit Pants - Patterns for Pirates

Though it's been a short time since I've been sewing, I've been lucky enough to be chosen as a tester for some pretty awesome designers which I will be featuring  in the coming weeks. I think where I contribute most is by being newer, I studiously follow directions, identify areas that are hard for beginners to understand, test fit for my size and, unfortunately, nit-pick about grammar. ;) (Which is hilarious because i'm a terrible speller, thank god for auto-correct!) 

Most recently I was testing a pair of knit pants for Patterns for Pirates designed by Judy Hale. The idea behind the SOS Knit Pants is that they can be Skinny or Straight, jeggings or work wear, date night or office attire. You get the idea.  I sewed up the straight leg version seeing as i'm part of an office...
Judy designs some of my favorite patterns, (which I feel are really under-represented in the blogging world but very celebrated on Facebook, can't we  just merge the two already?) her style is very modern, RTW, comfortable, wearable styles for ladies. Sometimes I feel like it's hard to get all those in one designer! Also, her PDF's are no trim pages. Hallelujah! As compensation for testing this pattern, I did receive the final pattern for free, though all opinions are my own. :)

This is my second pair, and my first successful pair, of the SOS Knit Pants. Let me start off by saying THESE ARE SO DAMN COMFORTABLE! It's like i'm wearing secret pajamas to work. Seriously, it's my favorite secret. I work at an office currently and I have to sit down all damn day and these treat my belly to a soft hug for 8 hours.

 In the first round of testing, the waist was really high but by the end of the pattern, it had been lowered to the perfect height. I mean, right? That rise is simply perfection. 

(but what is up with those pockets?) 

One thing that bothered me about these is no matter the material I used, I was always able to see the pockets! I guess that's the price you pay for comfy knit pants. It really wasn't nearly as noticeable when my shirt was down. (Obviously I wear my shirt up like this at work.) I even trimmed down the pockets and they were still visible. Next time I'll probably do faux pockets on the front to eliminate that.

Here I am standing in front of a bush looking lackadaisical... 
Something I really liked about all this pattern is it has TONS of top stitching details to make the pants go from homemade to handmade. Unfortunately for me, I don't have a cover stitch machine yet so this meant I had to change from double to single needle about 15 times.... one more reason I need a second machine. ;) in the end though it was totally worth it. My fiance even commented how he never would have guessed they weren't store bought because they looked so "professional." Winnnnn.

My first pair was a little..... less successful. This blog is about progress, so I'm going to share anyways! The pictures were taken moments before a torrential downpour, so excuse the vampire flash skin. 

*Toss on my nice jacket, brush off my shoulders* I was SO excited I had sewn pants! 

And they fit awesomely! I did remove about an inch from the rise. (This was lowered an inch in the final pattern, so it's about accurate.) I posted pictures, feeling pretty proud... then Judy informed me that I had sewn the yoke in backwards.... how does one even do this?! In case you're wondering, yes, I have seen pants before, I promise. 

Yes. Backwards. 
*Side note, if you want to feel awkward, go outside in front of your neighbors while it's lightning and thundering and ask your fiance to take closeups of you butt while you are strangely overdressed for 6pm on a Wednesday.

See those visible pockets? Somebody halp! Thinner knit? Faux pocket?

I'm so happy that I sewed up a second pair. Much more wearable. The first pair was also done in a active wear fabric and was much thinner than anticipated. Why does my local Joann's have cornflower blue and camel ponte but not black? Go home Joann's, you're drunk. 

I really want to sew up more of these in many other colors ... you know, more black and maybe some gray. All the pretty office colors. 

If you're interested in purchasing this pattern you can find it here for $8.
If you want to see more pics from other testers you can find those in Judy's Facebook group!

Size: S
Fabric: Black suiting from Joann's, scrap cotton / lyrica for waistband 
Notions: 1" elastic
Price: 12.99/yard - on sale 50% off at 1.5 yards = $9.25ish, elastic: $1. Thread $.50 Total price = $10.75
Alterations: None 


  1. I'm just now re-reading (and giggling) over your post. Because I like to be creepy and e-stalk people in a way that they don't see coming.

    The pockets? My solution was to sew them without having to turn them inside out and stitch again. Okay, that didn't make sense. But to reduce bulk, I lay the pockets out like they will be finished, and then serge the raw, round edges. It lays a lot flatter and is actually quicker because you're not sewing, turning and then sewing again.

    If this still doesn't make sense, email me and I'll make you a crudely drawn tutorial. ;)

    1. Bam! This is exactly the info I needed. You are a genius! I'm definitely going to try this next time.... if my Joann's will ever stock black ponte. I've pretty much given up on fabric shopping "locally."

      Don't worry. I've literally spend a day snooping on people's old posts. Sewing is just so awesome, I love to see the things people create. I'm so glad I'm a blog person. (Someone who reads blogs) because there is so much awesome, independent content to read! :D You can creep anytime. ^^