I recently made a pair of Gaucho pants using Butterick B486, view C, and thought that in addition to posting pics of my work, I’d actually add a pattern review! I’ll note that this was my first experience sewing pants… ever (although I’ve hemmed more than a few pair of RTW, and I have made several pair of shorts). The end result turned out nicely.
Pattern Sizing: Pattern comes in sizes 6 – 20; I made a 16 but sized up the waist a bit for my client for a better fit on her body.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? For the most part, yes. It’s a simple pattern. The only confusing thing is that for some unknown reason the direction steps for inserting the zipper (and the subsequent diagrams) are lettered rather than numbered. Since the pattern includes views A-F I had to reread this section a few times to be sure that all steps applied to me.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It was a straightforward design in a style my client wanted, and will be a good wardrobe builder for her.
Fabric Used: 100% polyester suiting that was lightweight with just a little bit of stretch.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: As mentioned, I sized up the waist a few inches; I also shorted the legs a bit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I’m confident I’ll make it again.
Conclusion: A simple design and a relatively easy pattern to follow. This would be a good wardrobe builder and a good pattern for someone who hasn’t sewn pants before.