The “Accidental Tourist” Pants
Fabric: Rayon-blend faux linen
Pattern: NL6160 (modified)
Notions: Interfacing, elastic
Time to complete: 12 hours
First worn: During a hot and humid photoshoot
Wear again? Yes
Total Price: $18
I probably won’t get a real holiday away from home this summer, so sewing for the Vacation Challenge rubbed it in. But from the looks of our early summer weather, my neck of the woods is going to feel like a sauna for the next 3 months. So, if I venture past my backyard grill, it will be to visit air-conditioned museums or a large body of water.
To inspire a garment a choice, I imagined what I’d be doing if I did go on vacation. I’d definitely be a tourist in a foreign country…probably a lost and confused one like William Hurt’s character in the Accidental Tourist (1988). And, I’d wear PANTS. Flowing, wide-legged pants with a comfortable waist and plenty of pockets.
I replaced the pattern’s original below waist drawstring with an elastic casing that fits at the waist and added curved pockets to the front & patch pockets with flaps to the side seams.
This pants pattern was conquered during my early, more fearless sewing days (before I learned too much and started second guessing). The crotch fits just right and I realized I can borrow the curve for other styles. I dig this touristy version of the pants and may sew another pair in a print fabric.
Thanks for looking.