Nagoya Pants : : Papercut Patterns : : Sewcialists : : August Tribute Month

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Well hiya everyone.

I’m baaaaack…squeaking in a post at the ninth hour. Again. I remember doing this when I was in grade school…leaving assignments ’til the last minute. Back then I spent days, if not weeks, worrying about the impending deadline. Now I embrace, or at least accept, these last minute challenges as creative pushes.

So, what up? Well, the Sewcialists have returned and the first theme out of the gate is…..August Tribute MonthYAAAAASH. I get another chance to spread the love for a sewing blogger that inspires me greatly. Not gonna lie….I’m on repeat from three years ago when I paid tribute to Nicole of Nicole at Home. That post mistakenly didn’t get picked up by The Sewcialists….hey, things happen…and honestly, I’m just happy for a replay.  My original tribute post, here, had me waxing poetic over Nicole’s Welt Pocket Tutorial. I’m still madly in love with her technique and I follow her tutorial every time I do a welt pocket.

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Welt pockets aren’t the only reason I’m inspired by Nicole. I’m pretty sure she sews every kind of garment, including my current favourite….pants.  And speaking of, today I’m wearing the Nagoya Pants by Papercut Patterns. I’m so in love with these pants! I’ve sewn this pattern three times and I want more. These are the second iteration…the welt pockets, my own addition. I find the instructions easy to follow, right from the Angled front pockets to the Zipper installation {A – Z see what I did there bwwahahahaha}…but seriously, this pattern is good.

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Close up of back welt pockets. Note that I placed the belt loops differently than the pattern instructions. You see…instead of placing my back waistband pattern piece on the fold, I seam it. This way I can sew the centre back seam line of the pants when construction is nearly completed. Gives me some wiggle room for fitting. I opted for two buttons instead of the suggested snaps. I added snaps to my first pair {not shown} and although they’re cute, they’re poor quality and come undone. All. The. Time. The fabric is from my stash…it’s a thrifted piece and I don’t know the content….but….hello polka dots. And not just regular dots, these are classy dots…woven into the fabric, not printed on.
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The one cautionary note I have for you, is to be….oh, what’s the word I seek?…Mindful? Wary? Just be aware when it comes to the sizing. I’m always nervous about stating a pattern doesn’t fit according to the sizing chart. Did I measure wrong? Did I measure eleventy times wrong? Is my body type different from the fit model? I think with pants, there can be so many factors in play when it comes to fit. One gal might have the booty and one might have the pouchie. Short waisted, long waisted…these are all things to be considered when fitting pants. Anyways, my first pair {not shown} were flat out too big. Fortunately I was able to take in the back seam enough for them to be wearable, but the fit around the torso is on the baggy side. This pair….getting better….but still just a leeetle bit big on me.  They don’t lie quite as flat across my tummy as I would like them to. The belt isn’t actually necessary, but it is giving me some added comfort. For my third pair {not shown} I sized down even more and achieved a pretty near perfect fit. For reference, the pattern measurements put me in S/M at the waist and the XS fit me.

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Now….keeping it real here. I brought two pairs of shoes for photographs. We chatted about cropped pants in my Alyse Wide Leg Pant post a few weeks ago. I’m in total agreement that cropped wide leg pants aren’t the easiest silhouette to pull off. Heels help. That being said, I’m totally okay with wearing them with flat shoes. And. These. They be my blue suede shoes…that’s gotta give me some style points, yes?Papercut Patterns, Nagoya Pants, Vancouver Sewing Blogger, Vancouver Sewing Blog, Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One

Okay, one more thing, then I’ll wrap it up…

Recently Nicole attended a Couture Techniques Workshop in Paris….yes. WOW. Really. You can see her posts retelling her experience here and here.  Couture shows, hat making, Paris….‘What better time to debut my new beret,’ thought me. As it turns out….maybe not the best time…it’s in the mid to high twenties celsius here, still summer in other words. On the positive side….looky me…getting a head start on my fall wardrobe. More to come….



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  • Reply Kathy August 29, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Love the pants in this fabric!!

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      First up….thanks everyone for your lovely comments! I’ve been reading, and enjoying, them as always. I’m tardy with my replies because. SUMMER. Yep…I’ve been savoring these last, sweet days of summer.

      Thanks Kathy! I’ve been conscientiously choosing fabric from my stash and although red and white polka dots is a bold choice for pants, it just felt right. I’m glad you think so too!

  • Reply Carolyn August 29, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Very cool Sue!! You look so fresh and airy and perfectly summer in your new duds!

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Hey thanks Carolyn. It’s a week into September and decidedly summer weather still…at least for us, 🙂

      That being said, I have been able to start wearing pants from time to time….and I’m happy about that!

  • Reply Priscilla August 29, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Is that a little basque waist seam line at the closing? Wow, nice detail! It’s a cute material, a little retro but feeling fresh, too.

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Hi Priscilla. I had to look up basque waist seam line. I found it was a descriptor for a slight v shaped, oui? I can see that in the close up shot, but in reality it’s not there. It’s a typical straight across waist seam.

      Thrilled you picked up a little retro but fresh feeling. I love these key words.

  • Reply fran August 29, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Looking great Sue. Love this one.

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks Maman! Okay, okay…I’m overdoing the french.

  • Reply Suzanne August 29, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Oooh! Love this outfit! Très Chic darling!

    It is wonderful that even on your petite frame you can make these pants look good. Bravo!


    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Merci, merci beaucoup.

      Sigh…must fess up…the camera angle is helping me enormously. G is shooting from a low angle and it really helps elongate me.

  • Reply Vancouver Barbara August 29, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Love these pants. They just look fabulous on you. And love the whole Paree vibe avec the beret and the little neck scarf ! Show us the polka dot iteration!

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks Barbara. I’m so into berets and scarves right now. Well…now right this minute, it’s too warm out…but for fall.

      I hope I don’t disappoint when I tell you that these are the polka dot version. And lemme tell ya…it’s hard to photograph these small dots.

  • Reply Lyrique August 29, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Oh, how colorful and darling!

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      Aw…thank you so much. To be both colorful and darling is a delight!

  • Reply Melanie August 29, 2017 at 11:39 am

    So Fransh, Sue! With zee jaunty beret at a cute angle like that. Oui oui. Really, this is fantastic. If you walk downtown in this outfit, people will ask where you are from. Hahaha. I went through the welt tutorial. I did a welt pocket once, and never again since. Heh. I love the polka-dot fabric too. And I like the slightly slouchy fit a lot. So good.

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Oui, oui. So Fransh, je suis. I’m loving my beret and it’s reminding me of the treasures at Holt Renfrew. Can we go again? Can we?

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion August 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I absolutely adore these trousers and the way you styled them. And it is definitely in the shoes with me. Again I love them with the heels and much less with the flats (which you are going to ignore anyway because heels are nice but not for walking… I know).
    With the black heels, the black belt and the black beret you look soooo French. Love the touch of the necktie. A shame that the belt hides the pretty big buttons, but it is the right thing to wear in this outfit.
    The pleats on your belly area are fine. Nothing to see here. This is a very chic and fun outfit. Your sewing skills are awesome.

    • Reply No Fear of Fashion August 29, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Forgot to say I adore the polka dot fabric. All the better that they are woven instead of printed.

      • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm


    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      YAY! I’m so happy you like the look. I have been taking steps towards defining my style and I think it’s beginning to become evident. I was so smitten with sewing everything that I kind of overlooked this ‘important to me’ part of wardrobe building. This coming year/season I am hoping to sew less, but sew more mindfully.

      And yes….totally too bad that the buttons are hidden by the belt. I may be able to take these pants in a bit more…

  • Reply Jess August 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I love your Nagoya Pants! Its great to see another pair in the wild. 🙂 I just finished mine and I am very pleased with them. I made a size M for mine but I did end up taking some fabric out, especially in the hips. I maybe pinched out 5cm all around, now that all is said and done. 🙂 Very pretty pictures!

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks Jess! I think the consensus is that The Nagoya Pants are somewhat large fitting. In general, I think pants a best test fitted before sewing with the good stuff, but I hope our posts help others! Hope to see more of your pink pair….

  • Reply Flo August 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    These are so cute!!! Pants are so tricky for all the reasons you mentioned.

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks so much Flo!

  • Reply Sheila (of Ephemera) August 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Ooh, the dots are woven in? That is so classy! Sue, I think you look spectacular overall, and as always, I give you an “I’m not worthy!” bow at your sewing prowess! Kudos for styling up this tricky silhouette so well – don’t wide-leg pants have such a satisfying “swoosh” when you wear them? I just want to stride about in them, flapping like sails. Lol at the beret – in this weather?? You crazy…(says the woman who wore a coat today).

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      Thanks Sheila! Yep…both you and Mel have mentioned the swoosh and that is seriously one of the best things about this silhouette. Yes! Yes I did wear my beret all evening. AND. I had compliments from two lovely servers at the restaurant. LOL.

  • Reply Connie* August 29, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Now. This is the beauty of blogs….I couldn’t see the fancy polka dots on Instagram. But now I can. And the welt pockets. But what I did see is how chic you are in this look. Love a beret, always. And I like the wide legs a lot! I think heels should be banned. Flat shoes, big pants, berets, curly hair, sunshine, tra la. You’ve got it all.

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      OH…photographing these dotty pants was a challenge. And the welt pockets are still hard to see….of course I was kind of hiding them on the IG shot some time ago.

  • Reply Nicole August 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Oh my goodness, Sue! It was such a surprise to read through your post today! Thank you, thank you for your lovely words, you are too kind!

    Your pants are amazing, too! The red polka dot is fabulous and they look wonderful on you! Très bien!

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:29 pm

      Ah….Nicole. You are a treasure to the sewing community. And…no pressure…but I SO look forward to what’s up and coming for you. You’re unstoppable now.

  • Reply Nancy Baten August 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I always van be so jealouse of people who sew their own clothing! Its so fabulous! You are youre own designer! I like the pants a lot, want to see the smaller fit too!

    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks Nancy! It really is a treat to be able to orchestrate how I want my wardrobe to look. I don’t always get it right, but it’s always fun.

      And yes. I really should fire up a quick post with the pants that fit the best!

  • Reply Rebecca August 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I am like you I work best when I leave things to the last minute! LOL! I get creative! Oh I am loving these pants! I do love the fabric you used and so cool that it is a vintage piece! The pockets look great on the pants and I am loving the wider leg on these!


    • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      Kindred spirits Rebecca! Thanks for your kind comment. I’m reflecting on this post a bit, and I see some of you in my styling, non?

  • Reply Elle September 9, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Yes, to woven, classy polka dots in a sea of printed starchy ones! Love the quality, it comes through. Great styling with the belt, red bandanna, and simple tee. And a gorgeous spot to be in, the fabulous light around you looks artful, almost painterly!
    Well done!
    Xx, Elle

    • Reply Sue September 27, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Thank you so much Elle! And yay…woven over printed every day, especially if the printed dots are off grain.

  • Reply Lisa November 19, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Half way through making these pants , I agree they run big- I measure up between a small and med so making a small and they are huge. I have taken as much as I can out without making the fit weird but will make an xs next time . Love yours in the polka dots.

    • Reply Sue November 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      I had the same issue….the silhouette starts to look off if you take them in too much. Hope yours work out well enough to wear!

      My first pair? Still too big, but also still in heavy rotation when I just want to wear super comfy, casual pants.

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