First pair of pants for spring! Even though it looks like fall in my back garden. The mahogany trees trade in their foliage and drop their very large fruit in April. When this happened the first time after I moved here, I thought all my trees were sick.
This pattern is from the Vogue spring collection (although their model doesn’t look very springy to me). It’s a nice group of pants and shorts with lots of details and options: A contour waistband, back zipper, and multi-piece fronts and backs. Slashed hems, cuffed hems, plain hems, and just about any length possible.
The capri’s got me…I think they’re so cute – the cuffs and ties are so overstated that they really work.
|Tunic – Vogue 5881|
Thank goodness this version was intended to be a muslin – these pants are way too big for me. I don’t know what happened when I was figuring my size. I usually sew a size 14 in Vogue patterns – for the life of me, I do not know why I cut a size 18! I’m blaming it on the blood moon…
Oh well. It gave me a chance to work out some other things I wanted to do with the pattern. Mostly, I needed to get around the zipper. I can’t wear zippers – it’s a skin thing. Shielded zippers, as on jeans and trousers, are usually OK…but that’s about it. Now you know why you rarely see me with a tucked-in blouse! Any pants or skirts I sew have stretch waists. And my tops are all pull-over or button-up 🙂
I redrafted the top of the pants to incorporate the depth of the contoured waistband (it’s 2″ wide) and straightened the side seams so that the pants would slip over my hips. Then I simply added an encased elastic waistband. Works great!
Here’s a pic of the super-cute cuffs. I put them on the pants before I sewed the legs together, much easier to handle separately. And I cut 7.5″ off the ties, they were really long!
Such fun. A couple more pics, this time with the Deer and Doe Plantain T-shirt. Love it! And it’s free to download on their website.
The fabric is the Phoebe stripe cotton blend jersey from Girl Charlee. I call it my Dennis the Menace shirt…
Parting shots. I was one of those people who got up at 3:00 a.m. to go outside with my tripod and camera and gaze at the beautiful blood moon. It really was so amazing to see it hanging in the sky over my house.