Alice + Olivia pants
Added Dec 2, 2008
I love wearing jeans for the comfort-factor, but at my work that’s only allowed on Fridays. I found this lightweight denim fabric on sale at Darn Cheap in Glen Huntly Rd, Glen Huntly and thought hmmm…. that might just scrape through for Monday-Thursday if I made a smartish, tailored pair of pants… I’d heard good things about the Alice + Olivia Vogue patterns so I grabbed a couple at the fabric store last time they had a sale and this is the first one I’ve tried. Welt-pockets were a new thing for me, and I had been warned that the instructions that came with the pattern were confusing so finding Nikkishell’s how-to was a huge relief. You should try it yourself- it’s so clear and concise and straightforward. I’m so pleased with how they turned out. If I’d stuffed them up the pants would have looked awful, so thanks Nikkishell! Now that I can do them I can see incorporating them into other projects in the future. One word of advice- if you’re putting these pockets at a position on the pants where they’re going to be over a curved area- like lower toward your bottom rather than higher toward the small of the back- you will want to have some sort of button-arrangement happening or they can be pushed open in a way that’s not very neat-looking. It took me a couple weeks to get these pants finished, not because they were hard or anything, just had no time to sew. But this weekend I finally got some time to myself and finished them off, and I wore them to work yesterday and got away with it. My boss even said she liked them :o)
Denim with a self-stripe. The weight is lighter than regular denim and is soft and drapey, but it’s heavier than chambray. For the contrast piping and welt pockets I used a plain-weave cotton with a red, white and blue toile-du-jouy type print.
Thanks JenniferElizabeth for taking the photos!