Monday, December 19, 2011

Crazy Pants (or how to embarrass a kid)

"Are you actually going to wear those in public?" asked my son. "Why yes," I replied. "In fact, I am wearing them to work tomorrow!"

I was feeling like a lazy sewer for awhile and I decided I needed something a tad more involved to sew. I have been loving the new fringe trend of printed pants. I've always been a sucker for printed pants ever since I was a little girl. Just ask my mom about my 7 Up pants! My favorite pair of pants had 7 Up logos printed all over them. Even in high school I had some crazy pants. My favorite were pink and purple floral pants from Benetton.

You Look Fab wrote a Blog Post about them and I obviously vote YAY on them.

You Look Fab

This fabric was an original purchase about three years or so ago from my local indie...Fabric Gallery. I thought for sure it would be a coat or jacket but it's been screaming for me to make it into pants for the last couple of months. I guess it would be considered a brocade. It frayed horrible when I sewed it but other than that it was great.

I've been doing my best to utilize stash patterns and fabric. I really wanted to order the new Colette cigarette pants but I was good. I found this pattern and always have great luck with Burda pants and these were no exception.



I wasn't sure about the added bulk of the gathering on the waistband so I left it off. I'm glad I did. The reviews for the pattern are less than stellar but that's mostly due to Burda's crappy instructions which is normal in my opinion. I didn't even use them at all. As usual, I followed Sandra Betzina's Flyfront Zipper Tutoral...it never fails! I left off the little pocket in the back, just a waist of time I think. If you don't need instructions or can find them elsewhere, these are wonderfully drafted pants. They aren't so skinny that I look like an apple on a stick. They are more straight legged. I shortened them a smidge so they hit right at my ankle. I think they are meant to be a bit shorter though.







I really like them with this shirt.



Below are pictures of my practice pair. These are a cotton blend I think. There was three yards in a FabricMart mystery bundle. It is wonderful fabric. I have enough left to make a straight skirt at a later date. I wore them today so they are wrinkled. After wearing them, I think they might have some wool in them.

This pair I cut out a size 42 and only took 3/8 inch seams on the side seams. I am usually a large 42 or a small 44...kinda in between. This pattern only went up to 42. I found them to be pretty generous this way and did a straight 42 for the crazy pants. These are really comfortable though and I will get a ton of wear out of them. I wore them all day today running errands. A great alternative to jeans which I am liking less and less as I get older.



16 comments:

Carol said...

I've been a lurker on your blog and had to post when I saw your pants.

I LOVE your pants! I don't think they are crazy pants!

velosewer said...

These pants are really stylish. They look very high-end.

K.Line said...

Children are ridiculous! I love them - excellent pattern and they fit really nicely.

Amanda S. said...

I was expecting something really cray cray with your big leadup and 7up pants reveal. These are great and not at all over-the-top. And stellar fit as well!

Robin said...

The pants look fabulous! I LOVE the print-- it is beautiful.

Mary said...

Kids are so conservative! Those are just right on the silly scale. Love them with the black shirt.

Aminat said...

Your pants are fantastic...I really love them, and they fit you sowell.My son would say the same thing....lol

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Kim - you got those pants to FIT girl! Bravo *standing up and clapping* And I love, love, love the print you chose for those pants! Great Job!!!!

MAD14kt said...

Get work!

beurreblanc said...

These a great pants!
-Sewingelle

Tia Dia said...

I love your crazy pants! What a great use of the fabric! They are so stylish! And great fit on them, too.

Shannon said...

I love the print pants! They look great on you- the fit is spot on. They look perfect with that sweater/top, too.

Melody said...

love those pants! They look great

lsaspacey said...

Those look great! I could see them in a Dries van Noten, Philip Lim or Marc Jacobs collection so easily. Not silly at all. A co-worker had a pair of red wool plaid skinny hip-huggers (probably vintage) that I adored. Of course she was 26at the time so her wearing them wasn't seen as strange. That Burda pattern is almost a dead ringer for the Clovers except Sarai put the inseam pockets on the front not the back.

Dharma said...

I love the pants-both pairs. The fit looks great. I am with you on finding other pants to wear when running errands. I like to look stylish even when shopping.

Judi said...

Those aren't crazy at all! They fit perfectly and look expensive!