The “Pinky” Pants
(Worn with Lacewing Top, a Hack, cotton and nylon lace)
Facts: The “Pinky” Pants
Fabric: Very solid, plushy pink “no-wale” corduroy, $AUD 8/m.
Notions: 7″ zip, trouser hook and bar
Time to complete: 6-7 hours, including carving out the seamlines “just so.”
First worn: 29th April 2012
Wear again? Yes- I like the way they turned out, and they fit well into my wardrobe.
Total Cost: under $20
Pink! I probably should make something pretty and pink, like a fluffy dress or something girly. But I knew when I saw this week’s challenge it would be Pinky Pants week. (In fact, my last 4 Sew Weekly Contributions were pink….!) I picked up this stretch “no-wale” cord on sale a few months ago, intending to make some winter pants from them. The weather just turned chilly and I realized I threw out my old, comfy, ratty warm corduroys at the end of last winter. And rightly so, but I don’t have any warm pants!
I drafted the design inspired by the seaming I noticed on some Burda pants. The curved back yoke runs into the CF “princess” seams on the front, I like that. I added circular patch pockets (front patches are my favorites!) but I think they break up the design too much so they may have to go. They’re only basted on, which allows me to wear them for a few days to see if I like them- if I don’t, the basting comes out very easily. Do you ever find you need to “test drive” a design feature before you know for sure if it works? I do it all the time.
I spent some little time converting my “woven” pants block to stretch, but I got there in the end. It never occurred to me to try before but since I receive a lot of requests for how to do it, I thought I should work it out properly. With skinny-leg stretch pants, I think the key is to lower the back crotch slightly, bring in the side and inseams equally, and stretch the back inseam within an inch of its life. (Compared to less-fitted woven trousers.) The Pinky Pants were a test to be sure those alterations would work for converting a woven pants block to stretch. I plan to make a few more similar pairs of pants to perfect the technique. (And to fill a big BIG hole in my wardrobe!)
That said, this pair still has a few wrinkles. Part of that is because I’ve been wearing them for two days straight! They’re so comfy I can’t bear to take them off. I console myself over the rest of the wrinkles by comparing my fit to RTW fit, and also because I have an idea about how to stretch that back inseam and keep it stretched on my next pair, which should result in even fewer butt-wrinkles. I’ll definitely write more about the process as it happens, but for now I’m terribly pleased to have a very useful (and comfortable!) pair of pale pink cords.
(The best part? The super-high waistline. I love this height, been wearing them for years solely because I can bend over, stretch, move and *live* without anyone spotting my panties, my muffin tops, or my crack. They feel very secure, so much so I can forget about my clothing. That’s always my main fitting goal, because if I’m aware of my clothes, I act weird. If I forget the clothes, I’m just me.)