Seriously. They’re my very first pants and they’re awesome.
Ignore the wrinkles. I took the pictures right after driving souricette 2 to preschool and I was too lazy to do any ironing…
Details, because I know you want them. The pattern is Juniper by Colette. The fabric is hampton twill from Hawthorne Threads in the peacock colorway. I was hoping for more of a teal color and this is definitely green in person. But it has blue undertones and is the exact shade of green I love so it’s still a score.
I was again smack dab between two sizes. I looked at the finished measurements and went with the smaller size. I like my pants to be fitted at the waist and hips. I knew modifications might happen so I made a muslin. Too tight at the hips and waist by one measly inch. Otherwise, the fit in the back was perfection. So I did the teeniest of simple modifications. I reduced the seam allowance from 5/8″ to 3/8″ along the waist and hips and graded back out to the 5/8″ seam allowance for the leg. I also had to reduce the waistband seam allowance to 3/8″. And voilà! Perfect fit!
And when I say perfect fit, I mean it. I wear these without a belt (no belt loops) and there is no gaping and no tightness. I can lie down, get up, sit, jump… And I never have to readjust them. Come on, if that isn’t a dreamy fit, what is?
Other details. I used one of Mr. Mouse’s old shirts for the pockets. You may recognize it from the PRP refashioning challenge.
And for some reason, I got it into my mind that I wanted all seam allowances finished with bias tape. I knew it would take forever and that the serger would be so much quicker. I tried to convince myself not to use bias tape. But once the idea of beautiful bias tape finishing… I knew that I would never be fully satisfied if I didn’t do it. So I did it. I needed a lot of it! I ended up making some from that shirt, using some of the flowered one that also showed up on that PRP outfit, and some dark green that I bought at Joann’s.
There are definitely more of these in my future. I’m thinking of playing with my muslin a little to see if I can trim down the leg a little. I love a wide leg in the Summer but I’d love something slimmer for Winter. With piping at the pockets and waistband!