After a honeymoon period of discovering indie patterns, I’ve been embracing the Big 4 patterns more regularly. Especially McCalls. I find their designs wearable but still with fashion forward design elements. I’ve found that more people are adding big 4 patterns to Instagram. It’s great to be able to search to see other versions of the same pattern, as some of the pattern envelopes are uninspiring.
The patterns are cost effective – I recently bought 3 for $15 from Spotlight. If I’m trying a different style and it doesn’t work it’s not as expensive as buying an indie pdf which then needs printing which takes time or extra cost.
I came across the Mc Calls 7661 pants on Shauni’s blog and I thought that the style might work for me. In my consultation with Nina, a stylist, she recommended wearing garments which emphasise my waist. I think the combination of the high waistband, the tie and a tucked in blouse are a perfect combination for a smart office look.
My measurements put me at a size 16. I had purchased the pattern in the smaller size range. Normally big 4 patterns are meant to have more ease. I found the sizing of this pattern as per the envelope. I had to unpick the back darts and cut a larger waistband as I needed the extra room.
These pants are designed to have gathers in the front. I changed this detail to a box pleat which I think looks more streamlined on my frame. I love the pockets in this pattern, they sit slightly further back than normal and they don’t add bulk.
The fabric is a cheap cotton suiting. It drapes beautifully. I think this style suits a drapey fabric to appear effortless. I was torn between the long and the short length. I chose the longer length as we’re coming into winter. I definitely want to make this style in a cropped length next summer.
I love this version of the pattern. It highlights the side panel and allows for playing with prints or colour-blocking.
I’ve been really enjoying experimenting with new styles lately. This pattern and these pants are a new favourite. I’d love to know if you have any other favourite big 4 patterns.