Hot! The “Accidental Tourist” Pants

The "Accidental Tourist" Pants


New Look 6160The Facts
Fabric: Rayon-blend faux linen
Pattern: NL6160 (modified)
Year: Contemporary
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.

The "Accidental Tourist" Pants

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.

The "Accidental Tourist" Pants

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.

The "Accidental Tourist" Pants

Thanks for looking.




Najah Carroll is a project manager by day and seamstress by night. Once it became clear that ready-to-wear was never gonna support her five feet of curves, she taught herself to sew and make pattern alterations. In January, she lost her mind by signing up for this 52-week garment sewing challenge.


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  1. Great trousers (translation: pants!) I’ve just bought a pattern having never had a go at doing them apart from pajamas. I’ll see how it goes…

  2. Love them!! I’m all about loose and cool pants in the summer. Those would have been perfect today.

  3. 12 hours or 2 ;) I love the color as well as the style, your rockin the look.

  4. Love your pants.. Such a pretty color.. Happy sewing.

  5. Love love love Najah, comfort plus style. You are owning it, and your photos are great.

  6. Oooh…nothing beats a wide-legged pant for comfort and class. Love the colour too.

  7. These pants look great on you. I gotta say you’re one of my photo heros – you always have such a pretty smile in your photos.

  8. I love these pants! I need a pair of wide-legged pants that aren’t jeans. Sew Weekly helps me to see all the holes in my wardrobe!

  9. How very, very pretty : ) Maybe I’ll try a pair of these sometime this year since I think we’re about the same size. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. The more I see everyone’s lovely wide legged trousers (sorry I can’t say ‘pants’ without giggling…even after nearly 3 years in the States) the more I think I need to bite the bullet and try my hand at my first pair (perhaps the reality check week is the week for me). Yours are so lovely, the colour is perfect and love, love, love your pics….you’re too darn photogenic you know!

  11. Awesome job! The look breezy and comfortable, perfect for summer!

  12. I LOVE this idea and may make some like yours for my MIL who wears only black ones all year long, boring.

  13. Really lovin those pants! You’ve made me rethink elastic waists. You look great. Perfect colour choice.