Two nights ago, I had a weird dream that one of my co-workers read my blog and said, “Ebi, I like your skirts and all, but I’m bored. Do something different.” In response to that, I woke up and evaluated some exciting pants I’d thought about making.
These are not those pants. :-p But they’re in the same vein: casual pants that can be worn to the office in a pinch. (I’d wanted to make these pants, but the fabric is too textured, so…back to the drawing board.)
These pants are actually leggings, from my first (and most beloved) TNT, McCall’s M6173. (On sale through the end of today, btw…) This is, by far, the easiest pattern to alter for fit that I’ve come across. It has two pattern pieces — one of which is a waistband — and it sews up in an hour and a half on a regular sewing machine. Doubtless half that time on a serger. I’ve made these leggings about ten times, but my supply has dwindled through wear and tear, because I wear them sooooo much.
Technically, I made these leggings months ago, but they’re a great transition piece. Also, I get mondo compliments on them, because of the killer fabric I used to make them! Don’t tell anyone, but…I actually have more! And it’s ALL FOR ME. Yup, I’m selfish. :-p
As mentioned above, I constructed these on my regular sewing machine. I used a narrow zig zag stitch for the seams, and overcast the raw edges with a wide zig zag stitch. I hemmed the ankle with a twin needle, and finished the waist with two layers of 2″ wide decorative elastic…because I forgot to cut a waistband. Hah! Not the greatest substitution, frankly — even tacked down it manages to twist and flip and it’s not really that comfortable. Eh. Evs.
As you can tell, I did this photo shoot outdoors. Looking back, I don’t know when I lost my taking photos outdoors mojo! I don’t know if these photos are better than my indoor photos, because there’s a much narrower range of poses. I’m not going to do my fun kooky poses out in public…I’m just not that brave/exhibitionist. Trade offs…
So this is my first official fall piece, what do you think? I wear tons of black/black and white/black and gold in the cold months, which trend you’ll definitely see as I build my fall wardrobe. I’m trying to work some blues and purples into the mix, but…don’t hold your breath!