Toeses & Roses tap pants
I really liked the way this week’s challenge was worded. “Use at least two different prints in an outfit“. (emphasis mine).
“Ha!” I thought. “That’s easy – that means I don’t actually have to make a garment with two prints in one item – just wear two items that are both prints!”. (I know, totally cheating).
So I consulted my list of things that I actually need to make for myself (because I believe in making anything just for the sake of fulfilling a challenge – even for Sew Weekly), and top of the list was tap pants. I love tap pants. I’ve made them before for a Sew Weekly challenge, but with the amount of swing dancing I do, and how often I wear skirts in windy Wellington, I can never have too many pairs.
And top of my list was a pair to wear under my ‘Not Actually a Circle Skirt’ dress, and I thought “Ha! The dress is already a pattern – I’ll just make patterned tap pants to go under it.”
So I pulled out all the pattern possibilities in my stash, and sat on the floor with the circle of the skirt spread around me, and the fabric sitting on it.
I like the bright paisley on the far right best, but the rose trellis second from the left was a much nicer, finer, smoother cotton, so it won the pattern battle.
I’d got everything but the hemming done on the tap pants when I decided that patterned tap pants under a patterned dress was a bit of a cop-out ( I mean, it’s not often that you get to see both of them together!), so I did a pyjama hem on the tap pants in this sweet green and white checked voile.
Voilá! Two patterns in one item.
Problem: How to actually photograph the darn things?
For my first Sew Weekly tap pants I chickened/stuck by my morals (it’s all about perspective!) and just photographed them on Isabella, my dressform. But these tap pants are much less lingerie-y, so I got brave and creative about finding a way to show them off.
Also, Mr D teased me into taking this picture, and I saw it and had a “River Song discovers that she has Alex Kingston’s derriere” moment:
Are those my legs?!? If my legs look like every day that I’m going to wear short shorts all.the.time! (they don’t, but all the dancing I do is sure paying off!). So this time I’m photographing the tap pants on me under my dress.
Roses and tap makes me think of the ‘Moses Supposes’ number from Singing in the Rain (love that film, love that song!). So these are ‘Toeses & Roses’ tap pants, because calling them ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ is something only Steven Moffat could get away with.
In my nod to the film I wore a cardigan over my dress – love Donald and Gene’s cardigans in that scene!
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 3/4 metre of rose-trellis patterned cotton, and a scrap of green and white checked voile for trim.
Pattern: My own, based on a vintage pair of tap pants that I own.
Notions: 28″ of elastic for the waist.
Hours: 1.5, including dithering over fabric. Not bad for me!
Wear again?: Yes! Even after I give away the ‘Not Actually a Circle Skirt’ dress. These are super comfortable and practical. They would make great summer pyjama bottoms too.
Total cost: I think I paid $2 for 2 metres of the rose patterned cotton at an op shop, and $5 a metre for the green and white voile, so for the amount of each I used, $1.50.