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70s Inspired Bell Bottom Pants

Added Jun 25, 2013

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






I made these pants by drafting out a pattern using an old pair of pajama bottoms. I haven’t learned how to draft pants yet, but I’ve been learning by cutting up old pants, and taking notes on their construction. I can’t wait till I can finally take a pattern drafting class at SCAD and learn the correct way! For now though, this has been working.

I used the pajamas as a basic start pattern, and then I changed the measurements to create the shape that I wanted – well fitted bell bottoms. The fabric is a printed jersey knit that I found in the $1.50 section of Wal-Mart. Because I wanted the waist area to be well fitted I used an invisible zipper, instead of inserting elastic around the waist band. That way I could get a more well fitted look at the top so it exaggerated the flared knee even more. These are the most comfortable pants that I have ever worn, and I’m planning on making more in different sizes to add to my Etsy shop later this summer.

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Material Notes

Jersey Knit, invisible zipper, interfacing, thread




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Vintage

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    Jul 2, 2013, 08.07 PMby iba

    you have the talent of making me see a whole movie including stories that rock the stars from the sky, instead of just pictures! It’s beautiful! The world is waiting for refreshing ideas and styles like yours. I learned how to draft patterns for pants and it’s not too hard and they work wonderfully, but yours looks great too! Good luck with everything !

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      Jul 6, 2013, 03.56 PMby melonhead

      Oh thank you so much for your kind complements about my work! I can’t wait to draft pants! I’m glad you said they’re not hard, because they seem a bit daunting to me. I can’t wait though!

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    Jul 1, 2013, 07.55 PMby loyl8

    i swear you make some adorable outfits and rock it..and rockin photography too!

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      Jul 6, 2013, 03.56 PMby melonhead

      Thank you! (:

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    Jun 26, 2013, 08.23 PMby wzrdreams

    Fantastic! I love the shirt you paired it with. I miss the $ Walmart fabric! You wouldn’t find that in NYC… I’m happy for you that you are choosing SCAD!

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    Jun 26, 2013, 04.22 AMby donnaroxy

    These are so good. It’s amazing the fabric you can find at wally world. If I were your age I would rock these. Beautiful girl, beautiful pants.

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