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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Patterned Trouser Temptation



A walk on the wild side
Hello everybody,

It's well known that I am a very classic and conservative dresser.  I do not do trends.  I can't even bring myself to make a red skirt, even though I have  the  fabric in my stash.

So why have I succumbed to the patterned pants trend?

I somehow like this tribal look meets kaleidoscope print.  It's really a bit bright for me, but I am going to throw caution to the wind and live dangerously for once in my life.

I don't think I would make this fabric up in a tailored trouser, but I think I am rather tempted by the Cut and Sew and Go in One Hour approach, after months of making tedious trouser muslins.  A little bit of instant gratification is called for.

And any fitting imperfections are going to be lost in the busyness of this print...

I'm going to use a McCall's  legging pattern again, cut larger so that these become slim fitting pants.  The front and back are in one piece - which will work well with this very busy pattern.

McCalls 6173.
I think it is a case of never say never in the sewing world :).  I'm off to pre-shrink the fabric now .

Happy sewing all:)

Sarah Liz

22 comments:

  1. Go Ahead Sarah Liz! Everybody Need One At The Very Least! Have Patterned/Prints Pants On My Inspiration Board... I Want Them. But SinceI Ever Only MaDe Pj Pants And Baby Pants, AndHavent Own Even A Pair Of PerfectLy Fitted Pants/Jeans Purchase Or Otherwise For A While NOw, It Will Be A Long time Before I Have My Own Patterned Pants....

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  2. Well, I'll pave the way Far - and hopefully you'll pluck up courage to try and make some to wear around the house.

    I really do love that Phone Font of yours - makes me chuckle every time.

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  3. I've just bought some black and white "brush stroke" print fabric from some slim trousers, but now I'm scared its too loud. I should really just go for it!

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    1. Hi Sam, you must be a little like me - I'm a bit scared too - but I think they might be fun around the house.

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  4. I am the same - but funnily enough also toying with leggings in a pattern. Not to be worn outside of the house of course.

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    1. Hi BeaJay - strange how everyone comes up with the same thoughts. I am most certainly not going to wear mine out either - just around the house as a "mood booster".

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  5. I know what you mean when you have sewn something taxing you need a quick and fun project. I have seen some leggings in very similar fabric and they look good and fun, so go for it, look forward to view these ones.

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    1. Hi Louise, that is certainly very true about needing a bit of a break from intense sewing. Thanks for your comment about the leggings - that provides some encouragement :)

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  6. Looking forward to seeing this project. I love the "wild side" fabric. Happy stitching!

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  7. go for it Sarah! you can do it! lol!
    Helen

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  8. Welcome to the wild side!! I think you just might like it:)

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    1. Hi Rhonda - just so long as I can find my way back from time to time :)

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  9. You are being very bold :) I could never pull it off.

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    1. It's not my usual style either, and certainly not to be worn outside the house...

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  10. OH... I really like this print.. I bet you will love them, when you get them made.. Have fun.
    ps-- Have to confess.. I bought a pair of rtw capris, that are REALLY floral, I ironed them, and they are hanging in the closet... trying to convince myself that I am not to old.hahahaha

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    1. I will have fun Judy - not my real style, but okay for fun.

      And -- if you love something, you are not too old - heavens, you are not much older than me! It's a good idea to anchor your style to classic basics, but too much of that, unless it is your style - you will look old and boring.

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  11. I'll be following your progress with this pattern. I have it and have thought about making it. I don't know how leggings will look on me, though.

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  12. Hi L, yes, leggings aren't for everyone. I'm making them up more as slim pants. If you try them in something really cheap, you will be able to get some idea whether they will "work" for you or not.

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  13. Leggings are really fun to wear with dresses and skirts. There is something whimsical about the two layers and the leggings don't add any bulk. I say, dress for fun. And, take it outside the house.

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    1. Hi Mary- that's very true, skirts over leggings can look really nice - especially in a floaty fabric. I'll start by making them, and then assess the outside wearability of them!

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