An Orphan No Longer

One of the satisfying things about sewing is being able to fill holes in your wardrobe. I’ve had this RTW top for ages without wearing it much because I didn’t have anything in my closet which really paired nicely. After searching in vain for some brown leggings or fitted pants I finally gave up and decided to make my own. I swatched this chocolate cotton double knit from Mood fabrics and loved the ridges and texture.


I used Vogue 8859, a Marci Tilton design. This was the first time I’ve used one of her patterns; most of them aren’t really my style. What I liked about this design was the pleated knee treatment and back yoke.


I was pleasantly surprised by the fit of these pants. The crotch is drafted much more toward the front, which I think helps alleviate those pesky whiskers on the backs of the legs. I cut a straight size 12, my typical Vogue size, but had to cut the waist height down by an inch. These pants are drafted to be VERY high waisted. I have a long torso, so I shudder to think what they would be like on a shorter waisted person. When I make these again I will shorted them below the back yoke before cutting out. For these I had to cut off a good portion of the yoke to not feel like Steve Urkel.


I picked this pattern so that I could play with the ridges in the fabric. From the back of the knee down I turned the ridges horizontal. I topstitched every seam and then graded the fabric to keep the seams from being too lumpy. The hems and waistband I stitched with a wide twin needle.


The waistband is elastic, which is perfectly fine for being worn under a tunic.


This was a simple and quick project, and now I can get some wear out of my top. I am definitely making this pattern up again. With a few tweaks it will become my fitted pants TNT (tried and true).



  • sallie
    January 13, 2016

    Yes! I love this about sewing my own wardrobe too! It’s so nice to finally make that perfect garment that will fill some holes! These pants turned out lovely. I love the way you played with the ridges – it really adds some nice visual interest!

  • Lori
    January 13, 2016

    Sewing does help make a great wardrobe. I like how your pants turned out, they look great and will feel great when you wear them.

  • Peter
    January 14, 2016

    This is a lovely combo. I especially like the texture of the pants and how you’ve combined the directions of the ridges at your caff. Great detail!

    • Amanda S.
      January 15, 2016

      Thank you Peter! They’re pretty basic so I was going for a bit of interest.

  • Linda
    January 14, 2016

    I love how you played with the ridges! And yes, as a short waisted person who made these up without realizing how high waisted they were – lets just say modifications were made!

    • Amanda S.
      January 15, 2016

      I was so surprised they were that high! Lol that must have been pretty comical on you! The fit for the other parts was pretty great, though. I hope you made them work for you.

  • Fiona
    January 20, 2016

    I love the texture of this fabric and the fit of the pants through the leg, what a great garment to have in your wardrobe!

    • Amanda S.
      January 20, 2016

      Thanks Fiona! I’m all about adding texture to my clothing these days!

  • Amy
    January 23, 2016

    I really like how you played with the direction of the fabric here. Your pants look great! And, I’m glad to know that cute top is no longer orphaned!