I’m not entirely sure, but I think this might be the very first pair of pants for myself that I’ve ever posted on my blog. I’ve made my fair share of schleppy pajama pants and one year, back when I was a teacher, I spent a great deal of time making a pair of fancy pink trousers complete with pockets, a waistband, zipper flap, and belt loops — that is to say, I’m not a complete novice when it comes to pant sewing — but I don’t think any of those ever made it onto the blog. In truth, I have felt for so long that I was waiting for my body to return to a stable size that I didn’t feel it was really worth the time investment to sew pants, not knowing how long they would be worn. I’m really excited about these! They are similar to pajama pants in the sense that they are comfortable and were incredibly quick to make, but the pockets and fabric choice especially makes them appropriate for out-of-the-house-wear. I also love them with Birkenstocks.
I have ventured out of the house in these quite a few times now, and I have gotten SO many compliments on them. This surprised me at first, actually, because floral pants can be a bit, well…Crazypants. But I was reassured by the comments they got, and nothing is more rewarding when wearing one’s creations out and about than receiving unsolicited compliments on them, I do believe. The fabric is downright lovely, so that is half of it right there; this is one of Leah Duncan’s prints from her Meadow line for Art Gallery. Leah has since joined the roster of Cloud9 designers as of this fall (yay!!), and I’m very excited to see her new line with Cloud9. I’ve loved all of her fabric lines; her artwork is lovely and the colors she chooses are really spectacular, and this deep green floral print is one of my favorites.
I do think this pattern may be a strong candidate for my next sewing pattern; I love that these are basically a ladies’ Moon Pant, just not quite as wide at the bottom, but also not as tapered and fitted through the calf as some of the pairs of elastic-cuffed pants I seem to be seeing around latelt. At first I wasn’t sure that the waist should be completely elasticized, so I might experiment with a flat-front waistband for these yet, but we’ll see. For now I’m just having fun making (and wearing!) my own pants. Above all I am about keeping it simple and not making them too fussy or tailored; that’s really what’s led me away from most of the other pant patterns I’ve seen on the market this past year (though, I said this before and I’ll say it again: I really would love to make a pair of Ginger Jeans at some point!!), so I’m focusing on that right now.
So, what do you think? Would you wear these out of the house?? Or would these be utterly mortifying for you?