whenever i hear the words “resort collection”, in my mind i would see this kind of pants. and if i add the words “vintage-style” to it, these pants pretty much sum it. 😀
i really meant it when i said that there are many mornings (and nights) when i open my closet to look for something to wear… and regret the fact that i don’t have that many solid coloured clothing items. i mean, do you know how many pants i have that are non-print, not counting my one and only blue denim pants that i sewed 2 years ago? one pair. the other pants i have all have prints, from almost normal to crazy ones.
so it was necessary for me to get some solid coloured fabric for pants. *sigh* there goes my new year resolution out the window.
anyway, the fabric i got was this gorgeous pink viscose (or viscose blend) twill. oooh, i just love the feel of it, and the colour is still me even though it has no print, don’t you think? 😉
i was so nervous when sewing these pants, because when there’s no print it means every mistake you make and every crooked stitch will be clearly visible. so i made sure i used interfacing for this project, in all the places that i should have them (no room for being lazy this time!) and sewed as calmly as my patience could take.
i used a pattern from Burda Style magazine 01/2016, number 119. prior to copying the pattern, i read a review that this is one of those patterns that seem to be larger than normal. this pattern is in tall sizes, and by normal standard i should be using size 40, which is similar to size 80 in tall sizing. but instead, i copied size 76 (one size smaller than 80) and prayed that they would fit (okay, i did measure the pattern pieces & calculated them. see, i wasn’t that lazy!).
there are 2 versions of the pattern: A has longer hem & without a belt and B is shorter & have a belt. i chose the B one for the length, and still took away about 10 cm from it, and omitted the belt/belt loops.
as always with Burda Style instructions, i got completely lost when i was supposed to do the waist part, so i pretty much improvised everything there. :p
and thanks to J, my co-worker, i learned that the best way to sew the hem of pants is to do it by hand (doh! i guess it’s obvious to some seamstresses/tailors out there, i wonder why it just never occurred to me!). that was what i did this time, and it worked like a charm. this is by far the neatest pants hem i have ever done!
when the pants were done, i couldn’t help feeling like i was seeing my husband’s grandmum’s pants. 😀 they really look big, and i guess the high waist make them look old. hence the name vintage-style resort pants.
but guess what? i absolutely adore them! yay for granny pants! i have to admit that i’m one of those who can’t really dig into the whole hipster/low waist and skinny pants/jeans trend. the higher the waist is better, i say, and loose/straight/boyfriend/whatever cut that isn’t skinny/super tight on me means love. so these pants, with the solid colour and all, are like the answers to my prayers.
i feel quite proud of myself for producing something useful (because of the solid colour) that actually also look good (enough). i’m beginning to love non-print fabrics, and seeing the nice outcome of this project already made me think of what else i could make out of solids. a dress? a skirt? or another pair of pants? wait and see! ❤