I am not quite sure how I did it, but I managed to sit down and sew again this week. I chose a simple pattern that has been on my list for some time. Butterick 5044.
You can't really see clearly from the image, but these pants have no side seams. Front and back leg are cut in one piece. And the waistband is cut on - you just fold it over and insert the elastic. Which makes for quick and easy sewing for when you are a bit out of practice - and it doesn't take me long to get out of practice.
I was highly sceptical that these pants would actually work and look good, although it has had good reviews. But look - they do work....
These are fantastic, fun, casual pants. I cut size small, length D (cropped) and did not make any alterations to the main pattern piece-everything was fine, including the rise and shape of the crotch. The pants sit at the waist as my following picture shows:
I used a cheap calico from Spotlight, as these pants are just for getting back into sewing and intended to be worn as house pants. I like them though, and can see variations in nice fabric for wearing out and about. And I don't mind calico for white garments that are trials - poor man's linen, is what I happily say to myself :)
I did use the patch part of the pocket on view C - but moved the patch up to hip level instead of lower down the leg - which I would find irritating, because you would have to bend to the side every time you wanted to put or pull out a tissue from the pocket - which for me, is hundreds of times a day as I have hay fever/allergic rhinitis. And, they are situated over the side of the pants, half to the front and half to the back, which I love.
I finished the casing by turning it under - I am a bit fussy with how I finish seams with white garments, as everything shows.
(I use a bit of ribbon to mark the back - this is a nice bit salvaged from a Tessuti fabric parcel. Just right for jobs like this :). My overlocking is a bit woeful though - the eye/hand/machine co-ordination is not quite back yet. Still, that's inside and no worse than some RTW. And I got practice, which I need at the moment.
And the hems were just overlocked and turned up:
Now of course I am not going to wear these with a black t-shirt tucked in - I always wear shirts outside, as I don't have one of those nipped in waists, and I am short-waisted to boot. So, this is more what they will look like on me:
Aren't they nice? I can see many more of these in my future, whenever I want a quick, easy, casual pant.
That's it for now, off to get some more practice....