Do you know those times when you want a straightforward ‘no head scratching’ kind of make? Well, this was one of those times.
Last week was a rather stressful and tiring one for me so at the end of the week when I had the chance of a full uninterrupted day for sewing I decided to make the most of it …bliss! I already had a project in mind too…
Stashbusting For The Cropped Wide-Leg Pants Of My Dreams
A few days before my sewing fest I had been looking through my fabrics and came across a large piece of ivory viscose blend jersey that I’d first used in this tie front top….By the way, as I looked through the draws where I store my fabrics I found that apart from some large offcuts left over from previous projects, all that I have in my stash are 6 pieces and I think 3 of those are for Winter makes. It looks like I’ve really been using up my stash and clearly, I need to go shopping…hehe.
So, as I said before I got sidetracked talking about my stash, or lack of…I found the ivory knit fabric and straight away I had the idea of making some super comfy pull-on cropped wide-leg pants. The colour is my favourite Summer-neutral and I figured that they would be like secret pyjamas. After a quick rifle through my patterns, I came across Simplicity 1071 which was perfect and as luck would have it I had just enough fabric. I think the pattern might be OOP because I couldn’t seem to find it on the Simplicity website, but I found some available on Etsy, so it’s worth trying there or maybe eBay.
I mentioned that the jersey is a viscose blend, well, it’s also fairly lightweight and as a result, is a bit on the see-through side. It would be fine for a top but not for pants that would reveal underwear. A stretch lining was my best option so after a quick mooch on the ‘net I found a really lovely quality stretch knit lining from Sew Essential. It’s stretchy across the width, is nice and soft and has a matt finish (some other linings that I looked at from different websites were shiny and didn’t seem to be such nice quality). I also bought some soft sport elastic which I’ve used before in my workout pants. It’s soft, has a nice amount of stretch and comfy to wear.
Easy Sewing For The Win
The sewing process for this project was really simple. I made up my lining and main fabric separately using just my overlocker and the pattern fit me pretty much straight off. I cut a size medium and just had to scoop out the back crotch seam and lower the front rise.
After joining up my waistband side seams and folding it in half I attached the band, the lining and main fabric together all at once by sandwiching the band between fabric and lining. After threading through the elastic I sewed four vertical lines of stitching at each seam intersection. This stops any twisting or rolling of the elastic..see here
And finally, I hemmed both lining and main fabric. For the lining, I used a roll hem finish (tutorial in this post) so that I kept bulk down to a minimum.
This make was a really straightforward, satisfying palate cleanser. Loved doing it! And obviously, I just had to wear it with the original top that I made from the same fabric. It’s kind of a faux jumpsuit…all the look without any of the toilet hassles of getting undressed each time a bathroom visit’s needed. Of course, I’ll have fun styling other outfits, but this is definitely my favourite combo.
As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!
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