Thursday, March 20, 2014

Simplicity 1887: (Almost) Harem Pants


The pants saga continues.  I couldn't help myself and had to make the pants version of Simplicity 1887, the same pattern I made the highly successfully fitting shorts from the other day.  Yes, I even used the same fabric (I'm trying to only use stash fabric right now)-- it's my hand-dyed linen , likely blended with cotton.   I am on the fence with these.  The fit is dead on.  It's the design and how they look on my figure is what I'm unsure of.  Comfort level... it's obscene, they are more comfortable then my favorite pajama pants.





One second they look fairly decent on me...


Then when I bend my knees or move they look weird to me.  At one point while taking pictures with me, my three year old said "Mom, you're wearing weird pants." Why are they weird?  "Because they are so big."  The legs are meant to be quite full so that means weird shadows and lines appear when I move naturally, like here in the photos below...




I'm debating whether to cut them off to make them into shorts, then give them some new crazy dye job.  Or to just enjoy them as giant pants that will be so comfy this summer.  Or for yoga classes. 


I'm quite happy with how the side silhouette looks.  The side seam is nice, straight and perpendicular to the floor.  I used the same sizing as the shorts... 12 waist and 16 hip with added crotch depth and the back crotch scooped out some.  You can here on my last post about this pattern how I do this to fit my full bum and thighs.  I also added 1.5" (3.8 cm) to the hem length to fit my 5'8" (1.73 m) height.

I feel a little overwhelmed by the leg width.  But maybe I will appreciate it more when it's hotter then I can stand outside.  I did some fancy 'towards the camera walking' action to see what that does for the silhouette.  *The blue belted top is Burda 7/2013 #103-- you can see my blog post about it here.


But I must say, I am pleased they fit like they should.  I never would have guessed I would ever make harem-like pants  Just because I may not be super thrilled about this particular design on me doesn't mean I'm not dumbfounded that I am cracking the pants fitting code. 


3/24/2014 UPDATE:  It's official... these are pajama pants. I even wore them to bed.  I cannot wear these in public, people. I've got a few other more fitted pants patterns waiting in the wings that will suit my tastes much more...

16 comments:

  1. Yay for cracking the pants fitting code! I think you are right, the fit on these is great!! Enjoy how comfortable they are.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I just need to enjoy giant comfy pants :)

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  2. I bought this pattern to make these pants as lounge wear (aka pants to sew in). I am so glad to know they are comfy plus, they look comfortable your fab linen choice has to elevate that comfort!

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    1. Thanks, Melody! Yeah, these are stupid comfy. Go make giant pants! Hmmm... these would be ideal pants to sew in, they slip on and off easy so I could do any fittings of whatever I'm sewing really easily.

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  3. I quite like these pants on you. I have a pair of slightly large billowy pants I love to wear at home for the comfort factor. I wonder if you dye these a darker colour, they may appear slimmer and the shadows won't be so noticeable?

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    1. Thank, Sue! Yeah, one moment I like the look, the next I'm just unsure. I will see if I actually wear them when the weather warms up. Walking around in the house for a few mins in them felt pretty nice.

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  4. I think you're being over critical (having said that, I enjoy and think I can learn from your analysis). They look good. I like the shape of the more fitted black top paired with the pants. It always feels weird to wear a shape or style you're not used to. I remember the first pair of skinny jeans I bought. I felt so odd for the first few wears but now it's the only style I wear.
    Happy sewing,
    Abbe

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    1. Thanks, Abbe! You're totally right, I am being over critical. I think I am just not used to such full pants on me. And I know exactly what you mean about skinny jeans! I bought a pair a few months back and now they're the only ones I wear.

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  5. great fit. This style is right on trend too

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  6. I think they look fine on you, but I don't think they're your best look. I've seen you wear plenty of other things that are more flattering. One thing I've learned if I feel weird or uncomfortable in something then the likelihood is that never will go away. I don't think you're being too critical in fact I think it's important to trust that initial intuition. In fact there are many times when I thought oh I'll just save this somewhere for our yoga or for pajamas or something like that and honestly I never do and then I feel guilty for having it in my closet. So in my opinion if you're not really happy having them and wearing them make them into something that you will feel happy about and that you will love to wear. Because life is too short to wear clothing that doesn't make your heart sing!

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    1. Thanks! I think you're thinking what I've been thinking. You are right one. I might have to slash the legs off and dip them in some fun dye!!!

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  7. I love them! Nothing weird about them. And seriously, pants that feel like pyjamas but look this good is a total win in my book!,

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    1. Thanks! I am all about pajama-feeling sorts of clothes :)

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  8. I've made these too, and felt the same! So out of my comfort zone, wearing these pants. But I like that they are different and i'm 'mixing it up' a bit. I need to bring the crotch a bit higher, as they sag big time around my butt. Spooky, cos I made the same colour. Snap!

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    1. I wore these today as pants to lounge around the house... they are huge and comfy. Yeah, these are so out of my comfort zone, I'm not sure about wearing them in public. I may or may not alter them since they make good lazy Sunday pants for home.

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