Megan Nielsen Flint Pants in Railroad Stripe Cotton

Like a lot of sewers, I snapped up the Flint Pants pattern as soon as Megan Nielsen released it (and the Rowan bodysuit too, which is coming up next in an ugly-cute olive striped rib knit). Never would I have thought that a pants pattern would fit me without any adjustments, but then I saw Jasika’s version and decided to just go for it without a toile. And these pants are amazing, y’all!

I sewed them up in a straight S and made zero adjustments other than shortening the leg by one inch. The only issue I have is a slight gaping at the waist when I sit down, but that might be because I cut the waistband on the bias and it stretched a bit despite interfacing. But since literally all pants do that on me, I’m not that bothered by it.

I struggled with what fabric to use for a while. Linen would be great, but I hate wrinkly pants. Tencel sounded amazing but a little expensive without a toile. And then there’s the possibilities of something really drapey, like rayon, but I like the structured look. It was Megan’s own Flint Pants in lightweight denim that gave me the idea to do something similar, and railroad denim seemed like a perfect fit for the style. Robert Kaufman has a bunch of fabric that’s called railroad denim, but a lot of it is more like striped chambray. This is the “Classic Mini Stripe” and though I was hoping it would be a bit heavier weight, it’s still completely opaque and gives a decent amount of structure. When I sew them up again I would love to try something a little heavier and make the legs slightly slimmer.

Instead of doing the tie waist or using buttons, I used two hook and eye closures for the waistband. I thought both the tie and buttons would put these pants over the edge to sailor territory and I’m glad I went with something a little more streamlined. I do want to try the tie waist at some point and possibly make the ties long enough for a floppy bow. In tencel that could be really nice!

These Flint Pants and the Dove blouse have proven to me what an incredible designer Megan Nielsen is! Like the Dove, the construction for these pants is pretty straightforward but full of clever and beautiful details. I’m excited to sew up the Rowan bodysuit next and see what else she comes up with!

Also, I realized that these photos make the pants look more blue and less striped than they actually are, so here’s a close-up that’s more true to the fabric. And apparently also true to the amount of loose threads stuck on them…oops.