Skip to main content

Sailor Pants and 1970s Simplicity Top

Oooh! A fun two-fer post! 
Also, Happy New Year! I can't believe it's 2019. The year 2020 used to feel so far away... and now it's less than 365 days away. 

I've been kind of liking doing this two-fer post thing because it means less time taking photos and more time sewing random things -- haha. 

While out and about shopping for work pants in October/November 2018, I realized that no one really makes any interesting wide-leg pants out in the stores lately (not even Nordstrom Rack or TJ Maxx) and that's kinda what I want.

Lucky for me, I found a Burda pant that was exactly what I had my eye on! I've wanted a pair of sailor pants for maybe 3-5 years now and I just never got around to making any or even buying a pattern. Welp. Here they finally are! 

I pretty much used a wool-feel fabric from Field's Fabrics which have multiple locations within the West Michigan area. I think it was something stupid, like $3/yd which reminds me of the old days of shopping at Chicago's Textile Discount Outlet in like, 2005. 

Pattern below.

I made them in a size 10 although my waist measures like a 26.5" and was worried they might be too big while I was making them, but I went along with it. Of course, I removed like 5" in pattern length since I am 5 feet tall, but that's always a thing. 

The size 10 ended up being perfect! 

Although I really took my time making them (thanks, holiday season) they were a relatively quick sew. I would recommend them for people who are just learning to sew pants since there is no fly zip. (I actually find fly zips to be stupid-easy to sew, but hey.) These pants aren't complicated in the least bit to sew. 

I think I need them in a bold print someday too!

The top I made and finished a few months ago. I honestly can't remember when. It's been hanging out and waiting to be photographed for months now! 

This fabric was from Vogue Evanston in the remnants bin. I was supposed to work for 2 different patterns I had planned but those patterns took too much yardage. I think this was just shy of 1 yard but I somehow made it fit on this old Simplicity pattern that was my mom's. 

Fun fact: one of the 1st tops I ever sewed (ok, maybe like the 3rd) was from this pattern! I thought I had a photo of the one I made in 2004 from this pattern (I made view 1 in a houndstooth knit with the other panel/sleeve plain black.) But I can't find the photo of course and I know it's stored on a disc somewhere (amongst the other 30 discs I have)... Oh well. 

I think the sleeve detail on this is really cool -- will be another good one to wear to work.

Happy 2019 everyone! Can't wait to see what you end up making and it's a mystery to me what I might end up making too! 


Popular posts from this blog

Latch Hook Rug Update

A little under a month ago I received all of my supplies to take on one of the biggest long-term projects I have ever taken on - a self-designed latch hook rug. I don't know why, but I am clearly nuts. So beginning today I am posting photos each month, (preferably on the 1st of each month) progress of this gigantic shag rug. See how I started it here (scroll down past posting of my $10 dress).  This is a photo of it today:  Yes, I used the candelabra for scale. Haha.   This rug is really soft and is fun to run your fingers through.  It doesn't look like much was accomplished, but though the number of packages we have gone through of pre-cut latch hook rug yarn already I have calculated that  we've used over 2500 strands for this ie.) 8 packages. I also just ordered 10 more packages of lime green since that's what I ran out of first and 6 more packages of straw yellow. There is still quite a bit to go, but you see the blue row squares? Each of th

DIY Trapeze Dress

I'm a pretty big fan of tent dresses (or trapeze dresses - call it what you want). They're simple, easy-to-make and you can have many variations of them. These are a fun style to wear for spring and summer!  See this DIY from a Good Housekeeping Crafts book from 1971 - photos at the end of my own trapeze top from a while ago! (Bear with me on the photos here - this book is quite cumbersome and hard to scan.)  Applique patterns, in case you wanted the dress to look EXACTLY like the photo. (But why?)  How to cut the fabric efficiently. (This is actually pretty important cost-wise for you - especially with something this big.)  Using pattern instructions from my patternmaking book from college, I created this swingy trapeze top a bit ago. I used sweater fabric from a thrift store find for the collar of this top.   I also opened up the back on the pattern to have a diamond shape.   It can easily be belted like in this photo fo

How Print on Demand Sites Helped Me! And Pros and Cons

I don't know about you, but I don't always have a ton of time.  Well, ok -- maybe that was before the pandemic hit. But one of the things I have learned over time being a designer of sorts and loving fashion design was that it seemed I never had enough time to do/make everything I wanted to have available within a product line to sell. Especially not when I was working a full-time job either!  Bags! Shoes! And yeah, duh -- clothing! It seemed most of my friends who are designers made all of their own items from scratch on their machines and I just didn't want to sit at my machine after working 40+ hours a week. Maybe for myself only but not as a side hustle. But I always had requests from people - "Can you make me something? I want something designed by you!"  I really appreciated the sentiment, but often times it was just as confusing/hard for me as it was for them.  I would sit there and go "How should I adjust this for them? Am I even gonna find that fabri