Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jogger Pants

I decided to make a pair of jogger pants - aka sweatpants.

When I searched my inventory for a pattern to use, I came across this one.  I actually
bought it with plans to make the top,  but I never did.

I'm always looking for that pants pattern   - one that's both flattering and comfortable.  And I think I've found it.

I used a sweatshirt type knit that I've had for several years.  For the waistband and cuffs, I used the wrong side of the fabric - which is solid gray. The fabric is very soft, so the pants are so comfortable. Since the pattern is designed for wovens, and I used a knit, they are a little looser fitting.

I'm so glad I gave this pattern a try.  The ONLY change I made was to remove some from the top of the pants as they came up too high. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.

I decided to make a 2nd pair using a woven - some kind of a poly. For this pair, I narrowed the legs from the knee down. Of course, they aren't as comfortable as the knit pair, but they're good.  I hope with minor modifications this will become my TNT pants pattern.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Simplicity 7541

This is a sleeveless dress pattern designed for woven fabrics.  It's a simple pattern
that has a great fit.  The neckline is neither too low cut nor too wide for me -
which is unusual.  And even though there's no darts, it has a nice shape. 
Its my go-to pattern for any simple woven top or dress.

I used it as my starting point for this top:

With these white pants, the outfit has a 60's vibe.

I love this cotton black and white print fabric, but didn't have enough of it to make anything.
So, I used solid black cotton and added a wide band to the bottom and a pleated center panel.
I also used the black to make bias binding for the neckline and armholes.

 I lightened this up trying to show the pleats in the front.