The outside temperature dipped into the negatives this week in southern Wisconsin. Deep winter is among us. Tucked inside a drafty old farmhouse wearing many layers of wool with a space heater at my feet, I continued sewing my summer wardrobe. On the schedule this week? The MAGDA Pant in a NATURAL Linen.
If you are anything like me, you are constantly searching Pinterest for new sewing patterns to try. Each one, a little bit different than the last. A gather here, a dart there. One pant with an elastic waist, the next with patch pockets. How could you choose just one? Then, add in a fabric obsession and a love of new tools, you may have found yourself quite an expensive hobby. I know picking out the right pattern can be daunting to both beginner and advanced seamstresses. Thankfully, there are many free patterns out there. Fabrics-store has a large selection of free options, the MAGDA Pant being one of them!
A few things to know about this sewing pattern; it features an elastic waistband, side seam pockets, a cropped and tapered leg, and an intentionally loose fit. In other words, the perfect paper-bag style pants. I chose to make them in NATURAL Linen to pair well with anything in my closet, but I think they would be so beautiful in a crisp white or black as well!
This was a quick sewing project. After only 4 hours I had a completed pant, including the time to print, cut out, and assemble the paper patterns. I followed the instructions exactly, with the exception of using a slightly wider elastic I had on hand. So, instead of sewing three separate casings in the waistband, I adjusted to two. This is a simple change depending on the width of your elastic or the width of your desired waistband. I found the top of the pants stretched when attaching to the waistband, so I sewed a basting stitch along the top edge and pinned in many spots for easier sewing.
As usual, I’m loving the ease and versatility of this linen pant. If I make them again, I will consider lengthening the hem a couple inches for less of a crop. For reference, I’m 5’7” with a long torso, so patterns tend to be short on me. Overall I’m happy with how they turned out. They will be joining me on many adventurers this summer and likely some dance parties in the kitchen, too.
Have any questions about this sewing project? Leave them in the comment section. I’m happy to answer!