Good morning (or afternoon) - I'm up early today and positively feisty after 6 hours of uninterruped sleep. Usually I wake up a couple times, maybe get up and read for a while. Sleeping through was great.
This is from McCalls spring release - wow, it got me right away. I've only seen one version online, this beautiful midi-length version by Mimi G. It's so pretty, and I love her tropical print fabric. After seeing hers, I pulled out a print that I recently picked up for a loose maxi sundress (Hoffman Fabrics, from Fabric Mart). I think it's perfect for these pants.
So many options. I decided to go with View E, the longest one - I was thinking I could always shorten it, maybe to the midi-length of View C. But I won't - it makes great long pants. Gauchos? I think that views B and C could be called culottes. And how about those shorts - adorable. It would be so easy to make them a little longer, more a walking short length.
Such a great fit. I seldom tuck in a shirt with an elastic-waist bottom. But this waist is so nicely done, I really like how it looks. The waist band is 2" wide and features 4 lines of elastic in the back.
And the front is plain, no elastic.
It takes a little patience to insert four lines of elastic. And lots of small safety pins at hand really help. I started by inserting all four elastics as far as I could without causing any gathering.
Then I worked all four to the end of the casing - and kept using those pins! I was lucky - I used the elastic guide from the pattern and it was just right.
The pleats on the upper front are intended to be open and loose. But I liked how they looked when they were basted down. So I decided to sew them permanently with topstitching.
- I sewed a straight size 14, my usual size.
- The hem is generous on this pattern, no need for additional length. I used a 1" hem with topstitching.
- The crotch measured about 27", so I added 1" to the top of the front and back pieces, and added the extra inch to the top of the pocket pieces as well. I decided to finish the crotch with two lines of stitching, and I serged the allowance together to finish. By stretching the curves open while serging, I was able to get plenty of give in the curves without any clipping.
This is definitely getting sewn again!
Parting shot: My son and grandson, kindergarten graduation day at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando. Joy.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe weekend - Ciao! Coco
I am getting woo'd to the wide leg side with these! I like 'em!ReplyDelete
They look incredibly relaxingReplyDelete
Beautiful print! This looks very comfortable with your styling.ReplyDelete
Love these! You may be convincing me to give it a try. Is the fabric a knit or a challis?ReplyDelete
Your grandson is beautiful. Handsome Daddy too!
wow at first glance I thought they were a skirt! love that pattern! how did you keep all of those rows of elastic from turning? I've yet to figure out how non roll elastic rolls lol! love the print!ReplyDelete
Okay, I am so wanting that pattern. You know, with a smart short tailored jacket I can see myself riding to the hounds in that "split" skirt. Or maybe Annie Oakley?! :-)ReplyDelete
Those trousers are fab. Great choice of fabric and you're looking good too.ReplyDelete
Beautiful...elegant pants!!! Your grandson is a handsome graduate!ReplyDelete
This pattern is in my queue! In a printed challis, no less. Glad to see your version. I haven't read far enough to read about waistband construction, but I like what I see here! May have to bring this one to the front of the queue. I think I'm going for the view c length. I love all the dramatic fullness.ReplyDelete
Beautiful fabric and you made the perfect choice in a pattern to use it. I do like the waistband. I think I will try that method of four row of eleastic instead off the one that I usually do. Love the graduation picture!ReplyDelete
Great fabric, and wonderful pants. Palazzo pants? Whatever you call them, they look fab!ReplyDelete
Your grandson is a cutie!