For Bethany

 

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.

The Facts:

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!

Author

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Gina Clark is a girl from Texas living in the Midwest. She has been sewing most of her life but swears every few months that she is giving it up for good.

13 Comments

  1. Wow Gina! Thank you so much. Your dedication to me brought tears to my eyes, and not just because I have been exceptionally emotional lately, but because I have a friend in you. These pants are amazing! I love them, and want to make a pair SOOOO bad! The Junk yard is such a good idea. You look amazing in them. Thanks again Gina. You are a great person/friend.

  2. I enjoy your posts because they often come out of left field. The creative use of stuff that you don’t usually find in a sewing basket is great.

    • Thanks Jen! I was very limited as a child so I had to learn to use whatever materials I could find which often wasn’t much. It’s become a great gift now that I’m older.

  3. Very cool pants and awesome setting. You look pretty good in them too. They definitely have a bit of a rapper feel. I don’t think I could get away with that style, but you wear them quite well. I had to read and look over those pockets a couple of times. How did you come up with that? You are SEW creative!

    • Thanks Barbara! MC Hammer wore harem pants and Gwen Stefani wears drop crotch. There is a slight difference. You just have to work it when you wear them and ignore the fact that you’re not dong your backside any favors.

  4. Awesome as always! Lady, would could wear the proverbial burlap sack and make it look gooood…and I have to say, that junk yard wouldn’t need a guard dog with you at the gate in such an authoritative stance. No one would dare mess with you!

  5. Love these and your motivation. The grey and teal are a lovely combination of colours. What are they like to walk in? Can you strut in them? Sorry, I’m intrigued because I think I made the drop crotch on my onesie too low and I do a very funny penguin waddle around the house when I wear it, which is fine indoors but I wouldn’t want the world seeing me walk like that. And those inner tubes are fantastic. A lovely quirky industrial touch. Fab make!!

    • Thanks Tempest! They’re easy to walk in. I forgot to mention in my post (as usual) that I added a bit of width at the hip so they would be more relaxed. I do have to hitch them up when I get into my car.

  6. Awesome Gina!! LOVE love LOVE them!

  7. Thank you Kazz! You would totally rock these and then some!

  8. These are great! Not something I could pull off in a million years, but you are totally rocking them. And the inner tubes are so imaginative!

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