When I was in my early twenties I found a plaid suit at a thrift store. I loved wearing it with platform shoes and I would make braided buns high up on both sides of my head. I was like some crazy Minnie Mouse. For this challenge I knew I wanted to make pants but wanted to do something different from what I’d already made. So I made drop crotch pants.
Pattern: Vogue 1204
Fabric: 3yds medium weight cotton $21
Notions: 1 zipper .50, one button, 2 D-rings, 2 white snaps, and some trim all from my stash. One bicycle inner tube $0
Total Price: about $22
Time to Complete: I don’t know…10hrs?
First Worn: For these pictures. I’ll definitely be wearing them when it gets cooler.
I’ve wanted a pair of these for years. I’d really like to make another pair out of denim and add some pleats to the waist.
The first thing I did was trace the front and back pieces of the pattern onto some paper. I cut the pieces just above the crotch curve (I’m sure there is a name for that) and inserted an extra 6 inches. I blended the lines as best as I could then shortened the length at the bottom by 6 inches. I wasn’t sure this was going to work and played around with the pattern for a couple of days before I finally decided it was time to jump in. It worked beautifully. I could have narrowed the legs a bit at the bottom but decided to leave them as is. I added the trim to the pockets and the D-rings to the front so they wouldn’t look too much like pajamas.
I forgot to have the back photographed so I had to crop a photo my husband took of me as I was walking around. It’s a bit grainy so use your imaginations. No wait, I’ll take a quick picture for you.
I used a bicycle inner tube for the pockets and belt loops. Again, I felt like I needed to break the plaid up a little. I cut the tube into strips and sewed them together then cut the shape I wanted and sewed them on just like that. I plan on using inner tubes on a future project so keep your eyes open for that. They’re pretty easy to work with so if you’re looking for different materials to play with I suggest you try them out.
This is going to be a very short post this week. I’ve just been so tired lately I’m not really feeling like myself.
I’ll leave you with a couple more pictures before I sign out. We took these at a junk yard. I love the place and would like to take all of my pictures here. So much better than trees and flowers.
These pants are dedicated to Bethany who’s been going through a lot lately. I know how much you love ska and Gwen Stefani so working on these made me think of you. Maybe before the “year of no fear” is over you’ll make yourself a pair of these too. Hang in there beautiful!