|Slim leg pants drafted from pant block and self-drafted knit top|
I made these pants out of a white cotton sateen I purchased from Mood Fabrics. The fabric has a little bit of stretch in them which, of course, affected the way the pants fit compared to the non-stretch woven pants I previously made. Kyle from Vacuuming the Lawn has said that each fabric is its own universe and that is most definitely true.
Below on the photo on the left you can see there are drag lines along the leg. Granted, I had been sitting all day in the office so maybe they stretched out a little but they nevertheless fit better than the ready-to-wear pants on the right which I have actually worn out in public! I think I will tweak the back crotch length a little for my next pair to see what happens.
|On the left, pants I made. On the right, ready-to-wear pants|
The fabric was tightly woven and opaque so I did not see a need to line them for modesty which also makes them a cooler garment to wear on a hot day. Despite the fabric's opacity, if I were to make pockets or a fly front, you could still see the pocket bag and fly front facing through the fabric which I don't like. I therefore decided to make them very clean and simple with no pockets and an invisible zipper on the side. I could have made pockets in beige to avoid some of the see through, but I still believe you would be able to see the impression of the pockets which I also don't like! So they are as simple as simple can be for a pair of pants.
For the waist treatment, I originally drafted a facing instead of a waistband. However, I again did not like how you could see the facing on the right side. Not only that, I had serged the raw edge of the facing and you could see a ridge from the serger stitches as well. So I took inspiration from the ready-to-wear pants. I cut the facing to a width of 1 1/2 inches, folded under 1/4 inch and topstitched. The result is a clean waist finish that looks like a contoured waistband:
I am happy overall with these new summer pants. Now I need to make more but the warm sunny days are calling me....