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Pantastic sailor digs

Added Apr 17, 2011

by littlewren

Rutledge, Pennsy...






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! :)

Material Notes

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!




Garment Type
Geek, Mod, Preppy


photographer extraordinaire

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    Apr 28, 2011, 03.45 PMby concreteknickers

    they are really wonderful…great idea in tracing some fav-jeans..i´ll try it

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    Apr 24, 2011, 06.11 PMby cantare

    These are Awesome with a cap A!!

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    Apr 23, 2011, 12.07 PMby Liora Litman-Cohen

    adore these!

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    Apr 22, 2011, 09.10 PMby janul

    these are perfect!

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    Apr 22, 2011, 07.26 PMby stekpanandeath


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    Apr 22, 2011, 06.32 PMby Natasha Venzke


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    Apr 21, 2011, 09.48 PMby otrotamal

    oh so amazing! love them!!

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    Apr 21, 2011, 03.16 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    great pants! great pictures! love it!!! well done!

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    Apr 21, 2011, 12.23 PMby peaches2218

    Oh my, these are just lovely! I adore the shape, and those buttons are such a cute touch! I also really like the way the side closure makes the lines of the front cleaner. And no need for that very-obviously-visible-almost impossible-to-get-straight-curved-stitching on the fly, which is a huge plus in my book.

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    Apr 21, 2011, 12.22 PMby mixtlii

    They are fantastic!

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    Apr 21, 2011, 11.54 AMby kristensaurus

    I love these! The side closure might be difficult, but it sure does look nice, especially with the red buttons.

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    Apr 21, 2011, 11.54 AMby suzeb

    I love these pants. I want to make a pair!

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    Apr 21, 2011, 11.18 AMby machelefranklin

    I love these, well done !

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