Chanterelle Pants Hack: Inset Pockets on View B

Cindy wears a black Joanie top and oatmeal chanterelle pants

I love all the views of the Chanterelle Pants and as soon as I saw them I knew I’d want to use the inset front pocket on View A with the fun pleated cuff on View B. It is the best of both worlds and fits my style perfectly. Because View A has more ease than View B, it requires a little bit of hacking, but overall it was very easy and I am very happy with the results. If you’ve never hacked a pattern before this would be a good way to give it a try.

How to add inset pockets to View B

  1.  Trace the View B front leg piece.  I traced off a size 10.
  1.  Lay the View B pattern piece over the View A front leg on the pattern printout.   Line up the View B pattern piece along the waistline seam and the side seam of your pattern printout at your size.  (photo1 and photo2)
  1. The grainline on the pattern pieces will not line up but should run parallel.  The grainline marking on my piece is 1/2” to the right of the grainline on View A front leg. (photo3)
  1.  Mark the pocket curve for the size of your pattern piece.  (photo4)
  1. Cut away the excess along the front pocket curve. (photo5).
  1.  Cut out all the pieces for the View B pants except for the Front Pocket View B.  Cut out Front Pocket View A.  
  1. The pants will be constructed using directions for View B except for the front pocket.  Follow the directions for sewing front pocket view A.

A wonderful thing about sewing is how you can alter patterns and clothes to suit you. Even a small change, like the type of pockets, can make all the difference in making your perfect pants. Happy Sewing! I hope you love your Chanterelle Pants as much as I do.

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  1. Thanks for this! I came to the blog wondering about inset pockets on View B. Good to know that it can be done with this tiny hack. I love the barrel legs of View B!