Hello readers and a very happy Sunday evening to you all!
Remember my last post about simplifying my wardrobe with good basics and building outfits by adding accessories? However I don’t just like plain ol’ basics…I need a bit of nice detail. But not too much! I’m not a ruffly person, I just like a few well placed details and I always appreciate a pattern with some good lines.
For these reasons I just loved the Bella pants! And go figure, it’s on the front page too…a sign or what?
A couple of things I didn’t like, though. Firstly, I think the leg is too wide and secondly, I need 3/4 length pants now, not full length since my day job is in a lab (where we can’t wear anything above the knee…yeah, sucks I know) and it’s coming up to summer (and it gets *stinking* hot in Perth). I got a nice light weight denim from Fabulous Fabrics that worked really well and is a nice blue.
But, no worries. Nothing a bit of pattern manipulation can’t solve! I just traced the pattern up to the ‘Lengthen/shorten line” and drew that as my hem and took 2.5 cm off of each side of both the front and back leg pieces. Easy.
They went together really well, but I just couldn’t bring myself to make buttonholes in the front for some reason. I also couldn’t bear the thought of undoing 6 buttons every time I went to the toilet! So, I bought some hooks and bars and did that instead. The buttons are now simply decorative. Sorry about the colour difference, the first pic was an afterthought and taken oh, 2 minutes ago!
I also wanted cuffs but had little fabric left over…well, had *no* fabric left over! So, I invented a way to take 4 cm of seam allowance and turn it into a cuff! HA…innovation for the win!
Here’s how I did it.
Finish the edge using a zig zag stitch
Press up the hem to your desired length (mine is to the red dots in the above pic)
Flip the cuff up, so right sides are together and press a seam about 0.5 cm below the raw edge…like so! Now, stitch that seam right next to the raw edge.
Fold the cuff over again and press your little overlap so it conceals the raw edge.
Now, sew another line of stitching to secure that bugger in place. This is top stitching, so you’ll have to do it from the right side…just make sure you’re catching the bottom edge of your little overlap in the process. This is fairly easy to do if you’ve measured precisely and have a mark to go by on your throat plate to keep a straight seam.
There! A cute ‘cuff’ with barely 4cm of seam allowance! Score. Warning, though, this will shorten the length of your pants by about 1cm or so, but for me and my 3/4 length pants, this does not matter.
Well, that’s the pants finished! Here are some shots of the final product.
And some detail shots!
And here they are on!!
Relax and Enjoy,