Simplicity Pattern 9785 Review

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Copy A Trendy Ready To Wear Detail With Simplicity Sewing Patterns

The trendy details you find in ready-to-wear today may not make it to the sewing pattern styles as quickly as we would like — if at all. The open leg side slit has been around for a few seasons and it is difficult to find in patterns. It is easy to be inspired by a designer detail and transfer that to a commercial pattern to create fashionable clothing. I used Simplicity Pattern 9785 to add a side slit to their casual pants.

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The Pattern

Simplicity Pattern

When I was at the last pattern sale I picked up Simplicity Pattern 9785. The casual pull on pants are easy to sew — perfect sewing project for a beginner — and come in a few style options.

Made for a woven and with an elastic waist, I was a little worried they would be too puffy, but the cut is pretty good if you don’t tuck in your top (or have narrow hips).

Version B already had a tiny side slit, so I was well on my way to add the designer detail I wanted to achieve.

The pattern is available in two size groups, 8-16 and 18-26.

The Fabric

I was making a test version of these pants, so I used a solid lightweight twill from Mood. I wanted something that would be easy to wear and lightweight to pack.

The recommended fabrics on the pattern are Chambray, Cotton Types, Lightweight Denim, Poplin, Sateen, Tencel, and Washed Linen. I would love to see these pants in printed fashion fabric – they would be so cute.

For a closer fit, you could use a stretch woven and go down a half or full pattern size.

The Inspiration

Stitch Fix

I was inspired by these striped linen pants from Sanctuary. I got them in one of my Stitch Fix deliveries. The relaxed and casual feel of the linen with the open leg detail felt fresh and trendy. It is an easy designer detail that can be translated into pattern making. With Simplicity Patterns 9785 you can create your own inspired version — it’s like having a personal sew house create your garments. BTW the cute shoes are also from Stitch Fix.

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Improvements To Simplicity Pattern 9785

Simplicity Pattern
Upgraded Pocket Detail

I like Simplicity Patterns 9785. It is easy to wear, quick to sew, and perfect for spring and summer. I am looking forward to making Version A with the channel stitched hem band.

There are a few improvements I will make when I sew up the next pair.

  • The legs are too roomy for me — sizing down the legs will offer a slimmer fit. You don’t want to go too narrow if there is no stretch in your woven.
  • A 2 inch elastic waistband is more flattering than a 1 inch. Widening the waistband and the elastic will add more comfort for curvy shapes.
  • The pockets are top stitched. I prefer an understitched pocket, it takes the same amount of time and looks so much more high end.

The Video

You can view the quick How To Measure video that will show you where you need to make the math changes to reflect the inspiration piece with Simplicity Patterns 9785.

Simplicity Patterns

Simplicity Pattern

Simplicity Pattern 9785 is a solid contender for a tried and true casual pants pattern. Perfect for a beginner sewist and more advanced stitchers will work these up in a flash. You will want several pairs. Simplicity Sewing Patterns are stepping up their style collection with fresh ideas and patterns.

Happy Sewing,



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