Added May 14, 2011
Pink pants for winter became top of my to-do list after seeing these pants. I searched far and wide for a pattern before realising that my Built By Wendy Built By You Misses’ Slim Leg Pants pattern would be perfecto. And Spotlight had the perfect pink denim, in a rare instance of that store having anything that might be considered useful or attractive or shock, both.
It had taken me the better part of a year to make the shorts in this pattern; in fact, you could track my sewing confidence over the last year against the progress of those shorts. And when, in a short-lived moment of triumph, they were complete, I was immediately crestfallen by how ill-fitting they were. A few months on and I could finally see that the droopy shorts could be chalked up as a learning experience, especially as the fabric had been super-cheap and yes, they’d taken a year to make. I took the plunge to finally make use of all those extra lines on a pattern, drafting the waist in a 12 and moving out to a 14 for the hips and back to 12 for the legs. It wasn’t very scientific and I didn’t really exhale properly until the legs were stitched and I could try them on. The fit was excellent. Finally!
Given I was using denim, I wanted the pants to be more suggestive of jeans, so I took it upon myself to flat fell the inner leg seams and the centre back seam, right up to the fly (which, incidentally, I’d kinda botched on the shorts, so am extra chuffed about how well I followed the instructions this time ‘round). I’d like to think this makes them look less homemade. I also double-stitched the hems for the same reason.
The Built By You patterns let themselves off on the finishes, so I overlocked the fly pieces and the outside leg seams, and the flat felling looked after the inner legs. The pattern was relatively straightforward (with the exception of the zip – why tell me to get a 7 inch zip, which I then have to cut almost in half?), and I was pleased to knock these off in about a week. That’s about 358 days less than it took me to make the shorts.
I finished it all off with some clear buttons and grey polka-dot fabric for the pockets. I resisted wearing these to bed the night I finished them, but I’m pretty sure these will be getting a good work out this winter.
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