A Review of The Sabrina Slims Pants PDF Pattern by Love Notions.
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The Sabrina Slims by Love Notions have recently been released and I thought I would try them while they are on offer this month. I am attracted by the shape and the fact that they can be made with knit or woven but have no fastenings.
... inspired by the 1950’s ‘cigarette’ style pants most notably worn by Audrey Hepburn. The Love Notions take on this classic style features a wide, contoured waistband that sits at the natural waist. This is a slim-fit pant with negative ease.
The Sabrina Pants are ankle length and include a split hem or zipper hem option. You can also choose to make them with welt or patch pockets and there's even the option to add front and back seaming at the centre of the legs. Also included is a maternity waistband.
Three inseam lengths are included - I cut mine at 27" and am happy with that length. Also marked on the pattern pieces are knee and hip markers so you can check that these line up when you are testing for fit. Here I am wearing my Sabrina Slims with My BatWing Top by George + Ginger Patterns.
Recommended fabric for The Sabrina Slims is stable medium to heavyweight knits with at least 20% stretch such as ponte, scuba, french terry, interlock and cotton/lycra or medium weight wovens with at least 20% stretch such as sateen, corduroy, twill, jacquard and denim. I intended to buy ponte from my fabric shop but he didn't stock it (he told me that he was no longer able to source a good quality ponte that doesn't bobble) so therefore I chose a scuba. I love working with scuba as its so easy to handle but its not quite as breathable and I find you can get very warm wearing it.
The Sabrina Slims pdf comes with a 19 page fitting guide. I enjoyed reading through it and it will be a useful resource when making other trousers patterns too.
I chose to make the most basic version, hoping for a wearable muslin. I made View A with no pockets on the front or back, no split/zip at ankle and no centre seam. This made them a very quick and easy sew - essentially you sew up the legs, add the waistband, insert the elastic, check fit and then you're good to go. I didn't think that I needed to make any adjustments although a professional dressmaker may notice areas where fit can be improved.
I'm happy with the finish of my Sabrina Slims although there is some stiffness - due to the fabric choice I think. I'd like to try another pair, perhaps in a stretch denim. The fit on the waist is very comfortable and sits just at the natural waist.
Final Thoughts: These trousers are extremely easy to make and very comfortable.