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Pant Pattern 1961
Multi-sized pattern includes sizes 8-18

This pattern was created to withstand the whims of fashion and figures....its fit has helped it sell more than 3,000 patterns strictly by word of mouth. It is the basis for so many new styles: flat fronts with simple darts, cargo pants with zippers, drawstring and elastic waists, and more.

The Pants Conversion Booklet offers several new ways to use this great fitting pattern including converting it to a flat front, contour waistband, cargo style, drawstring waist and more.. The key was to design this basic with great shape and fit, then you can make any redesign simply from your good fit basic. The back is especially flattering to all figure types. How you design the front will be up to you. The pattern includes a special tummy flattening panel built-in to the construction. It also includes the interchangeable pant liner that will save hours of lining construction and money at the dry cleaner.

There is a new 24 page booklet available, Pants Conversions, that includes other ways to convert this or any other pants pattern into drawstring waist, elastic waist, cargo style, shorts and more. The booklet also has a lot of information on waist finishes as well as guides for changing pants leg widths to comply with fashion trends. It's a must-have guide for anyone who loves wearing pants.

In the February 2008 issue of Threads magazine, a reader asked, "Are there any patterns that include a hidden tummy panel?" The response was yes, "...Nancy Erickson's pattern 1961." Isn't that nice to know that our pattern offers something that the reader thought might only be available in purchased skirts and pants?  

Here's my favorite customer comment: "I have to tell you how disappointed I was when I made my
first pair of pants with your pattern. They fit so well and turned out so perfectly that I wish I'd
have made them in better fabric to begin with."


Yardage Requirements:
All yardages given are given for "with nap" layout.

Sizes 8-18:
45" fabric - 2 1/2 yds.

Sizes 8 -12:
60" fabric - 1 5/8 yds.

Sizes 14:
60" fabric - 2 yds.

Sizes 16 & 18:
60" fabric - 2 1/2 yds.

All sizes: 45" fabric, 2 - 2 1/2 yds.
Depending on your height, you'll need two lengths (measure from waist to ankle plus 2" for casing and hem).


Description: Misses pants have mock fly front, slant pockets, front pleats, belt carriers and waistband. Pantsliner has elastic waist and no side seams.

Fabrics: Pants: Best fabrics will be matte, dark, and drapey or fall softly. Avoid stiff and fat fabrics such as poplin, duck, tweed, or corduroy. Use wool or rayon crepe, menswear fabrics, lightweight wool flannel, wool or rayon gabardine, silk duppioni, silk noil, sueded silk or rayon, wool jersey, doubleknit

Pantsliner: Ambiance™ from Logantex company. It's treated to be static free and will wash or dry clean. Make it once, and you can use it with all of your pants and save on dry cleaning bills and sewing time and yardage for linings.

The yardages are a little more for this pattern because there is a facing at the inner edge of the pocket. You can use a different fabric for the tummy panel and it won't show at the edge of the pocket.

8" or 9" zipper, waistband interfacing and bits of fusible interfacing to stabilize the pocket foldline.

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