Pantastic sailor digs
Added Apr 17, 2011
So, since the dawn of time… well… not that far back… as far as I know, with the start of communism started the widespread use of this blue blue fabric in China… All the older people in our town use it for pants, shirts, coats, and perhaps more than I can see… I have been pretty blue lately… (no, not blue as in down… blue as in, look at all the stuff I’ve been making. Blue is definitely my color of choice!) So this fabric makes me happy thinking of China and really feeling a part of our blue clad community!
This is almost my first pair of pants… (I did make a pair of pants in high school using a pattern from the 50’s whose high waist and flared legs were a bit too much when combined with the lightweight peachy cotton with fuzzy flowers on it… I’ll post a picture of it when I get back to the states (and those pants! :))) I used my favorite pair of jeans as a sort of a pattern… carefully tracing around them trying not to cut into my jeans. Instead of putting the entrance in the front of the pants I decided to put it on the side. At first I thought it would be easier. It was stupid to think that!
I used the remnants of my “cascading polkadots” fabric to line the inside and give the pockets some spunk… all good pockets deserve a bit of spunk, I believe! I used the two red buttons as my main closures and a few well placed snaps in the pocket to keep from exposing upper thigh!
These are wonderfully comfortable and I love the little funny pleats. I always have that fear that I didn’t sew them well enough and they will probably split in the hind quarters… but they are too cute to let caution get in the way of style! :)
typical Chinese Communist Blue fabric… also used by our local Tun Pu people! main leg seams are all machine sewn but everything else is hand done!
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