Hot! The “Hey sailor!” Pants | Sarah Gabbart

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The Facts 
Fabric: 3.5 yards of lightweight denim fabric – from stash.
Pattern: Weekender Jeans from Hot Patterns
Year: c. 2005
Notions: vintage buttons (6) and vintage 6" zipper from stash
Time to complete: about 4.5 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~$? 

Buttons Once, while looking for the perfect sailor pants pattern, I stumbled upon this awesome outfit. Red and white sweater? Check. Adorable sailor pants? Check! Blog that details sewing projects, one garment a week? I was in heaven. I clickity clicked all around that site for what seemed like hours. It quickly moved to the top of my Google Reader and inspired me to sew more often. 

Fast forward a little over a year and boom – I get to blog about sewing an outfit a week with a bunch of talented ladies doing the same thing! Talk about lucky!

For this homage, I decided to recreate the pants that started it all – adorable sailor pants! The pattern, a simple wide leg jean, was amended to fit this challenge and saved from the UFO bin (I had cut this pattern a year or so ago and never made it!)

I omitted the fly front and moved the zipper to the side. I also took out the back pockets and added three vintage buttons on each front pocket. It was very simple and straightforward, though I don't recommend these patterns for beginners – they are a bit light on the directions.The fabric was a lightweight denim – a must have in humid Texas!

I LOVE these pants! They're perfect for work or for hanging out on the weekends. And for eating Popsicles!

Full lengthI swear I was wearing heels with these and the pants looked lean/amazing – I blame the tall grass for bunching them up!

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  1. Ah, the search for the perfect sailor pants, I know it well. Have two patterns up my sleeve to try! Just need a moment! Lovely buttons too.

  2. Wow those pants have a great fit. I like those a lot! You were inspired to sew more from a someone and you and the other sew weekly gals inspire me to sew more often.

  3. Love your sailor pants, LOVE! Super fun and great styling!

  4. Sarah,
    these are great.Love them.. Great job.. Know you will enjoy wearing them.

  5. Fabulous trousers! Love the buttons! These look like they will be a great staple piece!!

  6. The buttons add such a cute finishing touch to your sailor pants! Great job!

  7. Miss Sarah, you look amazing in those pants! Definitely a good inspiration choice.

  8. Thank you Jessie! I love this blog and the community of folks who want to make more time for sewing – I’m so glad we all found each other!

  9. Thanks Cathe!! Can’t wait to wear them out!

  10. Thank you Debi!! I can’t believe these awesome buttons were just stuffed in a drawer somewhere!

  11. Nice work Sarah, I’ve never made jeans and would be super scared to even cut denim, let alone SEW with it!
    Love your styling and yum popsicle!

  12. You’re clever Sarah, great fit and fab buttons and it’s great to see pants being made yay well done as always.