Last week was Frocktails. A night of dinner, cocktails & talk about sewing. It was great to meet so many lovely ladies who love to sew & to see their gorgeous creations up close! I have to send a massive thank-you to Kat from All the Whimsical Things for organising such a fun event.
Even though the idea was to make a dress, I decided to make some silk pants. I already have two dresses on the go & neither were anywhere near finished so I wasn’t really keen on starting another.
The pants were made with some silk I bought in Shenzhen back in 2010. I’d wanted to make them with the same pattern that I used for these pants. The problem was I couldn’t remember how I made those pants! I was sure that I’d used one of the patterns in my collection I just couldn’t remember which. I eventually found Vogue 9061 which looked vaguely familiar. When I compared the pants I made years ago with this pattern the shape looked pretty much identical, it just looked liked I’d straightened the side seams & added an extra 15-20mm to the width (at the side seam).
So that’s what I did. I modified the pattern to straightened up the side seams & add an extra 15mm at each side seam. & then cut out the fabric. Cutting out the fabric was also a bit of a pain, I didn’t want the fabric to look too mismatched at the seams, I’m reasonably happy with the result but it would have been nicer if I had have had another metre to play with, (I only had two metres of fabric).
The actual sewing didn’t take to long at all, the pants came together really nicely. The result was pretty close to the original. The fit is a little bit tighter around the hips than the original, so next time I might add 20mm to the side seams instead of 15mm, but it’s not uncomfortably tight & certainly doesn’t look like it’s pulling across the thighs.
I really like this style of pants. They’re really comfortable & really easy to dress up & wear out for cocktails. They feel so loungey & relaxed. I think I might be making a few more pairs of these. I was also thinking trying this pattern in some soft patterned cottons or rayons too for summer. With the right fabric I think they’d look quite nice with a pair of espadrille wedges at a summer BBQ, don’t you? They’d also be pretty comfy on long haul flights… hmmmm… I’ll definitely have to try that.