Tina Louise - Tina Louise
30 May 2011
Khakis for June
This is how I spent the long weekend. The boy and I went to the park and I fell asleep in the grass as he read. A lovely day by the lake, watching dogs chase around geese.
I'd mentioned that I was working on a new iteration of my self-drafted pants pattern using some thrifted oversized khakis. Many a tweak later, here they are:
The tricky part was getting as slim a fit as I could using non-stretchy material, leaving enough ease in the thigh. The inside's not stellar with all the back and forth, and the waistband's just reattached from the original and taken in. Since it was partially based on the BurdaStyle Ruby Shorts pattern, which has a button side opening, these pants have a side zipper, also recycled from the original.
These may be my own version of fast-fashion: The sewing quality's not nice enough to hold onto after the season, but they served as yet another muslin in my aim to get slim-fitting ankle-length pants. They'll also serve me well for Me-Made-June. :)
For what it's worth, I think I'm getting closer to the right fit, though I'm tempted to take a create-a-trouser-block class. Jessica of A Yen for Craft and I took a create-a-bodice-block class today and it was so helpful and fun! It feels great to have a pattern that's been professionally fit and know I can use it over and over. Either way, in my next pants-pattern iteration, I'd like to get to the point where I can add a front-fly, pockets and belt loops, as that's how I typically like to wear pants.
Here's to Me-Made-June!