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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Fancy Pants

My first real life, non-elastic pants with side zipper, sewn by me.

It all started with a vintage men's pajama pants pattern.

After altering the pj pattern a couple times to make it more fitted, I realized I could add a couple darts to the back, and a zipper to the side, and call it pants. I ended up adding a waist band instead of facing because I trimmed it down too low. Finally, I have pants with a waist band that fits me. It doesn't cut into my no-waist-having self.

I stay stitched the hem and let the fray stay.

These pants were made for my San Francisco trip. And, since I always feel like a country bumpkin when in the city, I thought I'd make it a theme — frayed hem and straw hat were worn with pride.

Do you see a uniform emerging? A style? Yokel couture, perhaps? I made my first French seams on these bad-boy bumpkins.

I'm feeling sassy with my made-by-me outfit.

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Blogger mimulus said...

you look sassy too! great!

Thu May 01, 01:23:00 PM PDT  
OpenID twolimeleaves said...

Mighty purty pants there, Cletus! You did a great job. The fit is perfect!

Thu May 01, 02:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Project Pink Suitcase said...

Nice handiwork on the Fancy Pants.
They're fierce!
Tim Gunn would be proud.

Thu May 01, 02:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Myshell... said...

The pants are super super cute...just like you!

Thu May 01, 03:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

You look great!

Thu May 01, 04:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Natasha said...

You are looking super sassy. Way to go making your own pants. I tried that one time but turned something funky so when I tried to walk I walked a little sideways cuz one side kept catching, giving me the night of the living dead drag your foot~ walk. I haven't tried it since. I am impressed.

Thu May 01, 06:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Cheryl said...

great pants - I remember my first zipper - what a feat!! love the fray hem as well!

Thu May 01, 06:47:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Lori said...

girl, you rock.

Thu May 01, 07:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger thewindhover said...

They are great! I love them... and now I want some too.

Fri May 02, 01:45:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Our Green Nest said...

Love those - really like your top too! - Jillian

Fri May 02, 09:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger capello said...

SHUT UP. your new pants are AWESOME!

Fri May 02, 12:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Blogging Molly said...

way to sew! "country bumpkin in the city" - i have said those exact
same words!!! next time i visit the city of my birth i'm going to take your advice and wear my foothill couture with pride. perhaps i'll even make me a pair of pants (but 18 pattern pieces! eek - maybe four panels and a long piece of elastic - conceal it with a long shirt).

Fri May 02, 01:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Christina said...

Great job on your pants, they look really well made.

Fri May 02, 02:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mo said...

Love the outfit!! Well done on those pants. And I love the "Yokel Couture" comment- funny!

Fri May 02, 07:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger cookie said...

groovy cool! rock on!

Sat May 03, 02:14:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hannah said...

those pants are adorable!!! Love the photos!

Sat May 03, 05:23:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous tracey@paperdollsforboys said...

Those are quite possibly the coolest pants I've ever seen. Jealousy, I mean admiration, is spilling over into my morning chai. San Francisco wishes it was as cool as you.

Sun May 04, 05:18:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous dorie said...

you are my idol for looking good and cute and having a style in clothes you made yourself. Awesome.

Sun May 04, 05:44:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous jouette said...

you are so cute! i love your outfit, great job :)

Sun May 04, 06:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Joanna said...

Look at you, hot mama, in your fancy pants. You look awesome!!! I'm so inspired to make some pants now, but would have to go buy myself a girdle first. tee hee.

Mon May 05, 08:59:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Victoria said...

Love the whole outfit. LOVE the freyed hem, makes me want to fray the hems of my own favorite jeans!

Mon May 05, 09:50:00 PM PDT  
Blogger CRAFT SPROUT said...

You are looking so dapper and comfortable at the same time, livin' the dream - definitely a step up from my yoga pants slouchiness...

Folks at the turn of the century pooh poohed off the rack, saying folks would never go for clothes that didn't fit. Long live hand tailoring!

Tue May 06, 02:17:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Helen said...

They came out really well and look comfy too, bonus!

Tue May 06, 10:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mystik Mamma said...

The pants look great and I enjoyed reading about your no waisted self... I also suffer from not having a waist. It seems all my bottoms bunch in the waist and then hang off of my no thighs area. Hour glass shape isn't here.

Fri Aug 15, 04:36:00 PM PDT  

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