When I first saw the pattern for these pants, I thought it would be the perfect comfy pair of pants for work. But once I made it, I realised it was much more than that. Not only could I dress it up for work or a party, but I could also dress it down for a really chill hang out in the day.
Photo credit: Andre Tabula
One thing that can confuse me about commercial patterns is sizing. I was a size 14 on my hips and a size 8 on my waist. I decided to make a size 14 and it ended up being too baggy for my liking. So this became one huge altering experiment.
Attempt Numero Uno
For my first attempt, I decided to base my altering on a pair of pants I bought from Boohoo which fits me nicely.
The issue with doing it this way was that I couldn’t put my legs through it! Why? I realised that the Boohoo pants were made from a far more stretchier material than my Panama Stretch Suiting. So the Bohoo pants would perfectly stretch to my size, but the pants I was sewing just didn’t stretch the same way.
So that was a FAIL.
Attempt Numero Dos
I then decided to use myself as the model. After all, what’s better way to see what would fit my legs than by measuring my actual legs?
So I brought my box of pins with me and stood myself in front of a mirror wearing my pants inside out. Then I just pinned and I just took in how much I thought was necessary for it to look decent. I wasn’t 100% satisfied, but I was still happy.
So that was GOOD ENOUGH.
This blog is more than just about fashion and sewing, for me it’s about pursuing a passion. So this section is about what I learnt while sewing and tips I hope you take on while you pursue your own passions!
My passion tip for this week is don’t be afraid to make mistakes. During the altering process, I made a lot of mistakes. But if I didn’t make these mistakes, I wouldn’t have the final product I have now and gained new skills.
The Final Product
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Photo Credit: Andre Tabula
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