|Blouse, Simplicity 1806, future blog
Sandals, Stone Mountain
The pants speak for themselves – polka dot love! I do not know why, but in mid-June I became obsessed with the idea of wide leg pants with big polka dots. Had to have them! I had the perfect pattern on order, Vogue 8584 – it was targeted for my brown and black linen pants this fall. And good old JoAnns had the perfect fabric – chocolate calico with big white dots. Off and running!
|Blouse, Simplicity 1806
Sandals, Chinese Laundry
Braided Belt, Dillards
I sewed a 14 and got a really nice fit. Vogue 14 is for 38″ hips and this pattern is spot-on for me. I shortened the rise by taking 1/2″ off the top edge (which is folded to form the waistline casing).
Ease-stitched 1/4″ from the upper edge and at the top fold line, using a long stitch. This helps with the next step.
Folded the casing and turned under the raw edge. I used the ease stitching to draw up the curve on the turned edge. Then I topstitched 1/4″ from the fold and close to the turned edge.
And inserted 3/8″ elastic.
I checked the pattern markings for the distance between the top pocket corners – 8″. And drew up the elastic so that the pocket would be 8 1/2″ wide when finished and sewn on the pants leg. I wanted a little softness in the look, not a flat pocket, so the extra 1/2″.
My last step was to use the drawstring pattern provided, but make it much shorter. I did one overhand knot at the center of the tie and attached it to the middle of the gathered casing. (I would show this in a pic as well, but you can’t really see it on this fabric). Love it, great pocket, but no fussing with drawstrings!
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