In this weeks post, I am going to show you a pair of pants I made some weeks ago. The pants in which when tackling the buttonhole, my big machine totally jammed and I could not use it at all. Very frustrating, but the domestic machines saved the day and a buttonhole was made. And as you all know, my big machine is now back in working order and I have also become better acquainted with my small domestic machines. Now that was a digression, so I better get on with the post.
The pattern I used was Vogue 8836:
I have had this pattern for a while, and really liked it, but thought the wide leg trend may not be here for ever, so I had better get on with making this pattern up. I also had some fabric in my stash that had been there for years. I originally found it in an Op Shop, so it had probably been in someone else's stash for years as well. The princely sum of $1.00 was paid. I have never quite known what to do with it and actually rather disliked it. Then, when I was rummaging for something suitable for these trousers, I found this and thought it would be perfect. It's a lightweight fabric, probably a poly/linen blend, a fabric very popular way back when (1980 odd). Ideal, I thought, for making a pair of wash and wear pants for wearing to work in the height of the heat and humidity. I like pants, because then I have something on my legs to break up the icy breeze of the air conditioner. But pants are usually too hot in the middle of summer when you go outside. This fabric was the ideal weight, cool and light, and in a baggy cut, will allow air to circulate.
These pants are cut to the waist, and I found the front rise perfect. I added 3/8 inch to the back rise, but that was probably not needed. I did not make a muslin, because the fabric was so cheap and I still did not really like it. I cut size 10 crotch line, size 8 from the lower hip down, and graded to a 14 at the waist. I took out some length at the L/s lines in the legs, and also from the hem. My seam allowances were seamed a little less than 5/8 inch because I was worried that the pants would be too tight - sometimes a 14 is tight, sometimes loose. As it so happened, the pattern must have been a little more generous in the waist than some patterns, and the waist turned out a little larger than I expected. This did not bother me unduly, because I always put elastic in the back of trousers so they stay up and to accommodate my elastic waistline as well. Still, I would have preferred a little less - but that is the price you pay when you don't make a muslin. As for length, it is often recommended that you wear high heels with wide leg pants, but I don't wear high heels, especially in summer. I wear sandals, and I don't like wide leg trouser hems gettting dirty, and also with our thunder storms, wet and bedraggled. So I hem them a length that works for me. And with this lightweight fabric, I think the shorter length really works nicely.
The pleats were fun to make:
And, I used a bit of gingham poly cotton for the pocket lining - almost adventurous for me, because I tend to like my linings in a similar colour to the garment.
And the button was braced at the back by a small button - the fabric was just not going to hold a button well:
My shots are less than stellar:
As you can see, lightweight fabrics are not the best for back shots - I need more body in a fabric to hide my thin physique. But, these are summer pants, to be worn to keep cool, and as I sit on my bottom, I don't think anyone will notice! We sewing bloggers are the only people that focus on what our backsides look like - everyone else looks at faces!!
And do the trousers look like the pattern:
I think so! Will I make them again? I'm not sure, but I do know I am going to enjoy wearing these when the mercury soars and the humidity saps.
The blouse is also me made and will be the subject of next weeks blog - it's a Simple Sew pattern, the Lottie Blouse and Skirt.
Until then, wishing you all the best for the upcoming week,