Seamwork Nolan Pants Pattern Review

It took a lot of fitting to get these Seamwork Nolan pants just right. The style was cute enough that I struggled through, even though I had a lot of issues with the sewing pattern.

I mean, I took a day to make a muslin, but only for one leg, and that just didn’t give me the full picture. I ended up taking an additional inch and a half off the sides, but I wasn’t able to alter the pattern pieces cause…I just don’t know what I am doing I guess.

I cut a size 20 for the waist, which was perfect, and graded down to 18 for the legs, but that wasn’t enough!

The waistband construction was unusual, but nice. The illustrations are soo well done, that I went with what I thought I saw instead of what was written, which resulted in me sewing the belt loops upside down. I did not know this until I had sewn on the waistband and went to fold it over, so I spent even more time unpicking the belt loops and turning them over. Arrrgh!

I love the finished look of these. They are very sturdy, and I used a well made twill from There’s kind of a vintage vibe going with the high waist and the wide belt straps don’t you think?

All in all, it wasn’t fun, and if I make them again I would size down the legs 2 sizes, and probably use a thrift store fabric find. They feel supportive and great standing up, so would be perfect for the fair, or going on a hike, but too tight around the waist when I sit to make them my go-to pant. Very disappointing. Oh well, you don’t know until you try!

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  1. I’m so annoyed by this pattern that I haven’t even sewn it yet. The front rise is unbelievably long and the back rise is equally obscenely short. I cannot imagine who could ever wear these pants without having a wedgie in the back and a great deal of excess fabric pooling at the bottom of the zipper/top of the legs. I’m with you in my love of the Lander pants. Excellent design in the rise-short in the front and plenty of tushy room in the back…like how most adult women are built! I’ll likely transfer the Lander front and back crotch to these pants and sew them up but I have to recover from my disgust first.

    1. I know right? The only thing I like is the long darts in the back and the wide belt loops. Good luck with your Lander pants, and thanks for reading!

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