Pattern Emporium Harem Pants…rockin’ the casbah

I’m a busy blogger this week. But I like these pants so much that I wanted to write them up as soon as I could. They are a blast to sew and wear!
Pattern Emporium is very clever with this design. So many options. Travelling the tree, I made the baggy fit in ITY knit, with a plain elastic waistband, the relaxed pocket, and the lounge pant hem. To achieve the fit I wanted – baggy v.s. slim – I used the size 16, one above my usual size. 
This pattern is thoughtful as well as clever: 
  • It has 2 hemline cutting lines, one for 5’5″,  and one about 3″ longer for taller gals. I so appreciate this, because at 5’7″ I’m forever adding to the length on things. 

  • A vertical line is provided, waist to hem, for cutting and spreading the front and/or back, for more overall width and ease. I used it to add 1″ to each piece, and then took the 1″ away from the upper side seam – 1″ at the top edge and cured down about 8″. This was to reduce bulk in the waistband. 
  • And it has the ultimate pocket. It’s all one piece, lining and facing. It really makes the pocket fast and easy, particularly for a slippery knit fabric. 

That’s all my sewing notes! Precedent setting. This pattern really delivers. I’ve made two other similar pants, Vogue 8909 Cuffed Knit Pants and the True Bias Hudson pants. The Harem Pants are absolutely my favorites.
I’m wearing these with one of my four Butterick 5954 knit tops. Yes, four now. White, marigold, avocado green, and red. Love in many colors.
Given my tendency to make multiples of things I really enjoy, of course there’s another pair of pants, again in ITY knit.

So freaking cute! I wore this pair to Cleveland Clinic yesterday, and even Mr. Doctor told me how stylish they are. Make these pants!

On another front, playtime continues. With a deep bow at the waist to Martha, at Now Sewing. Her post, about using Derwent Inktense Pencils on fabric, got me going. After my visit to the clinic, I was in bed at 7 p.m. and up again at 2 a.m. What better time than the dark middle hours for an experiment…

 Lab equipment: the pencils, a black Micron pen, paper, cotton broadcloth (pre-laundered), and aloe vera gel. Also clean water and paper towels.

There’s lots of info online about applying permanent inks to fabric. How to do it, preserve it, and wash it.

Fingers crossed that 24 hours from now, I have a good outcome.

The top of this image is my trial, dark and light color. The pink smudges are my impatient reuse of the gel without cleaning my brush. Good news – the gel really did keep the color from bleeding. And the Micron pen worked really well for the doodling.

The bottom image just shows how much the ink went through the fabric to the paper underneath. I was curious about how much destruction I might do to my bottom surface.

Wishing all a nice weekend – Coco

26 thoughts on “Pattern Emporium Harem Pants…rockin’ the casbah

  1. You're so very welcome! and thank you as well. I really like this pattern – I've made 3 now (the third is black ITY, goes with everything). I live in a sub-tropical climate and love to find versatile patterns that are unique and well-drafted. I truly admire your work on this one.

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  2. Thanks, Judi. I've been acquiring some doodle and zen tangle books lately. It's fun. I hope to do my logo on a shirt or something similar. Oh, go ahead and get some…Derwent is in the UK, should be pretty easy to find at a good price. The set of 12 is enough to start, but the set of 24 was only a little bit more and includes a black outliner pencil that is insoluble, nice to have.

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  3. Thanks, Bunny. Indie patterns can be a challenge…some of the sizing can be funky, the drafting can be poor. But this is a winner. The pencils…really a fun way to make a small mess.

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  4. Thanks so much. The pencils are fun and really a different medium for me. Still experimenting…my first one was not so good, because I discovered I used a poly/cotton fabric. Derwent makes it pretty clear the pencils don't work well on poly. I'll give it another go…

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  5. Yes your new pants are freaking cute!!! The Derwent inktense pencils look like major fun…your doodle letters are downright pretty. It's the 2nd thing I've seen today that is tempting, but I'll be content to see what you make with them. For a while. 🙂

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  6. Those pants are awesome and that pattern is brilliant. I love all the options provided. I am so not an Indie person but this pattern I can really respect and see myself making it. Thanks for enlightening me.

    I am anxious to see more of your painting. I am going to check out the pencils right now!

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  7. Those pants are awesome and that pattern is brilliant. I love all the options provided. I am so not an Indie person but this pattern I can really respect and see myself making it. Thanks for enlightening me.

    I am anxious to see more of your painting. I am going to check out the pencils right now!

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  8. What great looking pants, love those colors! They look comfy and stylish! I really like the way the pattern envelope shows the options too. They make it very easy to see how you can change and combine things.

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