The frustration began when I realised the only kind of pants I had in my closet were jeans (no, don´t cry for me yet). Every single new pair I tried didn´t fit properly: these are too loose on the hips, these are too loose on the waist, these are alright but have heart shaped pockets and a hello kitty applique, ohh get out of the kids section, you... One day, I was at Girissima
filling my shopping cart like I was rich just looking around and found these that caught my eye:
I had achieved that gathered high waist line look once in some shorts made for my girl, by adding elastic to a wider waistband, so I could try these with the same method, using a similar pants pattern from Casual Sweet Clothes:
I wanna make everything in this book and it´s not just because of the beautiful styling of the pictures. Patterns are really good, fit well, and inspire you to mix and match between them or make simple alterations to the models. Everything an intermediate or a beginner who likes challenges needs.
I decided to have a go at the pants because they were a simple pattern, no zip fly, off seam pockets and elastic waistband. With these features one would expect to end up with pyjama pants; couldn´t be more far from that.
The fabric is a navy blue viscose ponte knit (I´m guessing here, it´s quite thick and stretchy) and was very easy to work with. Serger on one side, ball point needle on my Alfa, nothing to report there.
I made a couple of alterations to the original pattern to achieve the look I was aiming for. Though sizes in the book are small, the pants are wide legged, and I was afraid it turned up too baggy, so I didn´t trace the seam allowance (which is not included in any pattern, ugh...). Because of this, then I would have to change the marks for the belt loops, but since I wasn´t feeling that bow belt at the time, I excluded them and moved on. All I wanted was a pair of wearable pants.
The pockets are french seamed on the inside and top stitched by my choice. That gathered waist effect also appears on those shorts next to the pants (but the pattern for these is not included, so see how it pushes you to alter and create what you really wanna wear?). You just need to widen the waistband so it ends a little after the waist and top stitch where you would like the elastic to be enclosed. Once you insert the elastic, it will create the gathered effect on the fabric above the elastic case.