Vogue 9191 wrap pants – comfortable and easy to make

Hi, I bought this Vogue 9191 pattern on sale earlier this year from the Vogue Patterns website and wanted to make the wrap pants. They looked so comfortable and they seemed simple to make. I started making them a few weeks ago. They didn’t take long to make but I only had time to work on them sporadically and I needed to familiarize myself with my serger, which had been given to me by a generous Bay Area Sewists member last year. She got a new one and gifted me with her old Janome 204D.

Vogue 9191 - wrap pants - V9191

When I found a houndstooth jersey knit fabric at Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics, I thought Vogue 9191 wrap pants! I got the last four yards of the bolt. The pattern calls for 2 3/4 yards of 60″ wide fabric (2.6 meters)  or 4 3/8 yards of 44″ wide fabric (4 meters). The knit is a stable one with no stretch so I thought it would work for the wrap pants. I confess, I didn’t really give much thought about how you put the pants on. But I did notice that the description on the envelope stated: “Wide-leg, front-wrap pants (fitted through hips) have back-button front waistband, back waistband with tie ends, and no side seams.” No side seams. Hmmmm. The line drawing didn’t really help explain it and my brain couldn’t put it together until I sewed them up.

Vogue 9191 wrap pants - V9191

I bought the pattern that ranged in size from L to XXL. I cut size L for everything except for the sides and waistband, which I cut using the XL line. I have wide hips so I thought it would be good to give my self a little extra coverage. Because these were wrap pants, not really fitted, I decided to take my chances and just go ahead and make them – skipping the mock-up. After all, the pants tie at the waist and the waistband could be easily adjusted by adding another button – especially if I lose some of the extra weight I gained over the past year.

Vogue 9191 wrap pants - dartsThere are just four pattern pieces – the front, back and two waistband pieces. The front piece has six waist darts and it buttons in the back. The back piece has four waist darts and a longer waistband piece that ties in the front. I used a shallow zigzag stitch to sew the darts and used some scraps of tear-away stabilizer to sew the darts. The knit fabric is forgiving so they darts looked fine after pressing them.

The front and back pieces are attached at the crotch and inseam. I neglected to use a walking foot for the first seam and one side was about an inch longer than the rest. I had to unpick that entire zig zag seam and redo it. Ugh. Next time I’ll remember to use my walking foot. I used a zig zag stitch because I didn’t want to serge the pieces and have a thick seam. I pinked the raw edges of the crotch seam so the seam allowances wouldn’t be visible. The fabric is a lightweight knit and any bumps under fabric would show. I serged the raw edged of the inseam.

This is the back view of the front piece, which buttons in the back. The pattern calls for one 5/8″ button but I only had 1/2″ buttons on hand so I decided to add two buttons, which seemed more stable than one. Also my waistband was a little too big (I should have cut size L) so I needed a second button. This open back will be covered by the back piece, which overlaps the front.

back detail, houndstooth jersey, V9191

To put them on, first you hold the front piece in front of you and button it in the back. The rest of the pants are in a puddle between your legs. Then you pull up the back piece behind you, overlapping the buttoned waistband like so…

Vogue 91191 wrap pants - waist - V9191

You take the tie ends, bring them to the front and tie them.

Vogue 9191 wrap pants - front tie, houndstooth jersey, V9191

It’s a little tricky to manage the pants in bathroom. After a little experimentation, I just loosened the front tie just enough to lower the back piece. You don’t need to unbutton the pants because it’s open in the back. It’s hard to avoid the pants touching the floor. You need to pay attention to minimize that – especially if the floor is dirty.

The instructions have you sew a narrow 5/8″ hem on the bottom and sides. I decided to serge those raw edges, fold them over and hemmed in place with a shallow zigzag stitch. Here’s what the side seam looked like from the wrong side…

Vogue 9191 wrap pants - finished edge, houndstooth jersey, V9191

And from the right side, the shallow zig zag disappears into the fabric. You can barely see it. I used black thread.

Vogue 9191 wrap pants - finished side, houndstooth jersey, V9191

And here’s what the finished pants look like. I need to shorten the hem another 1.5 to 2 inches. I cut an inch off before I hemmed them but it wasn’t enough. The pattern says the finished length is 42 inches (~107 cm). My waist to ankle measurement is 41 inches so I thought taking off an inch would be enough. (I got all my measurements at a Bay Area Sewists fitting meetup, which I blogged about here.) However, I’m wearing my highest heels here and they’re still too long. Darn. It could also be that I’m wearing them a little low on the waist.

I’m wearing a RTW top I got several years ago from Gap and a vintage beret in this photo. (Most of the shots wearing this hat were underexposed so most of the photos here are with a different hat.)

Vogue 9191 - Wrap pants in houndstooth jersey - front view - V9191

These wraps pants are so comfortable. I feel like I’m wearing pajamas! (BTW – I made the ribbon hat band on this hat. You can see how to make it in this post.)

Vogue 9191 - Wrap pants in houndstooth jersey - back view - V9191

I wasn’t sure how this wide-legged look would be on me but I like it.

Vogue 9191 - Wrap pants in houndstooth jersey - front view - V9191

Here’s a closer look at the front. You can see the some of the darts near the overlapping part.

Vogue 9191 - Wrap pants in houndstooth jersey - front view - V9191

You can see some of the back waist darts in this shot – there’s one under my left hand and another one to the right of that one.

Vogue 9191 - Wrap pants in houndstooth jersey - back view - V9191

Here’s a look at the wrap part. As you can see, it wraps around quite a bit. The back overlaps the more than half of the front.

Vogue 9191 - Wrap pants in houndstooth jersey - front view - V9191

Here’s another side view.

Vogue 9191 - Wrap pants in houndstooth jersey - left view - V9191

The fabric really flows as you walk briskly. I was taking more exaggerated steps for this shot.

Vogue 9191 - Wrap pants in houndstooth jersey - left view - V9191

If you walk normally, it looks more like this.

Vogue 9191 - Wrap pants in houndstooth jersey -right view - V9191

I couldn’t resist taking this photo, which shows off the width of the pants.

Vogue 9191 - Wrap pants in houndstooth jersey - left view - V9191

These Vogue 9191 wrap pants are fun and easy to make. The only drawback is clothing management in the restroom.

Vogue 9191 wrap pants - V9191 - jersey houndstooth fabric

Vogue Patterns I bought

Last Friday I was online looking for vintage patterns. I went to Vogue Patterns’ website to see if there were any vintage reissues.  I was excited to see that all patterns were on sale for $5.99 but the sale was ending that day! I wasn’t sure what time it would end because I’m on the West Coast and it was already after dinner. So I quickly started looking at the available patterns. However, I didn’t see a category for vintage so I just started looking at everything else. It turns out the vintage patterns are just folded in with other patterns. I didn’t feel like searching through every category so I just browsed tops and pants, which are what I need.

This is V9191 – described as “Misses’ Ponchos, Back-pleat Top, Shorts, and Wide-leg Wrap Pants.” I really like the wrap pants on this model.

V9191 - Vogue Pattern - csews.com

I’m not so sure the pants will look as good on me but it was on sale, so I decided to get the pattern. I’m not exactly sure how the wrap thing works. If you walk and there’s a stiff breeze, does the wrap part fly open and expose parts better left hidden, like when you wear a wrap skirt? The description says “Wide-leg, front-wrap pants (fitted through hips) have back-button front waistband, back waistband with tie ends, and no side seams.” Hmmmm – “no side seams.” I confess I didn’t notice that detail until after I placed my order.

The back looks nice. Though I don’t have a flat butt so I wonder how they will fit me. We’ll see…

V9191 - Vogue Patterns - csews.com

This pattern has five pieces – two different ponchos, a sleeveless top, shorts, and the pants. Here’s the line art:

V9191 line art - csews.com

I’m really curious to see what the pattern pieces look like and how much the fabric overlaps over the nonexistent side seams!

I bought two other patterns as well. I couldn’t resist this Patricia Underwood hat pattern (V8891). I have one of her other Vogue hat patterns V8440, which is now out of print (blogged here). I don’t really wear lace very much but I’m curious to see how these hats are constructed. I took a sculptural lace hat making class as Lacis last summer. This pattern is obviously aimed at wedding season. I really like version C. I like hats that perch on your head. Version D looks good, too.

Patricia Underwood - V9991 hat pattern - csews.com

The last pattern I got is this intriguing Donna Karan pattern (V1417), which is described as “misses’ asymmetrical drape top and pants.” It seems like a cross between a turtleneck and a cape. I’m not so sure it really works but the pants look really comfortable. The recommended fabric is moderate stretch knits for the pants, two-way stretch knits for the top. I could use some really comfy pants. I’ve gained some weight over the past two years – too sedentary! – and some of my pants are just a little too tight.

Donna Karan - V1417 Vogue pattern - csews.com

The pants have an interesting drape to them but in the photos you really can’t see what’s going on at the waist because the top is covering it up. Here’s the line drawing. I’m not sure what’s going on with those back seams. The photo doesn’t help either. Her legs are super skinny. I think I’ll be adding ease to the upper leg area. 😉

Donna Karan - V1417 - Vogue pattern - csews.com

The pattern reminds me of some designs in Japanese sewing books. And the patterns arrived yesterday! That was fast!

Vogue patterns - V1417 - V8891 - V9191 - csews.com

Have you bought any new Vogue patterns lately? What did you buy?