7th pair of Ottobre 02/2015, no. 14 Loose Fit Casual Pants
Seeing all those oh-so-cool summertime white pants out there, and realizing I had none, turned to my tried and true (TNT) Ottobre no. 14 Loose Fit Casual Pants pattern from the Ottobre Design Woman 02/2015 issue and completed my 7th pair.
This top is supposed to sort of hug your hips to create gathering at that area, but between the loose knit and losing a little weight, it sort of slides on down. But that's okay. I like it like this too.
Okay, let's talk about the pants. This is an elastic-waist pants pattern with side seam pockets from the Ottobre Design Woman 02/2015 magazine made from 100% white cotton twill purchased from Wal-Mart. You can buy back issues from Ottobre's Etsy shop here. Ottobre does not support my blog in any way, I just happen to love her designs and they tend to fit me well.
Such a simple pair of pants to make. I do not construct the waist band as per instructions. Instead I've always used 1 1/2" elastic and turned down the casing 2" to accommodate. Oh, but be sure to use the heavy duty elastic for heavier woven fabric like this. Ask me how I know....! Anyway, I've made this pattern so many times, I don't need the instructions anymore. Which is kind of cool. Not even for the pockets. :)
Wanting to try something a little different, I made this pair with a slit at the hem. Not having instructions at hand, thinking that process through made my head spin! But I like the finished look. Here you can also see the back view. I did not do the full butt adjustment on this one. It seems my exercise routine is helping pattern fitting issues. :)
You can see the hem detail a little better here below. You can also see a little of the topstitching I did on the outside seams...... another little detail I've added to the last few pairs that are different than the pattern instructions, but one I would not not do now. May I say how ridiculously happy I was with this slit hem result. ;)
After making the entire pair of pants, the pockets really, really bugged me as you could see them sort of bulging through my white twill fabric. Thinking ahead, I'd made the pocket bags out of 100% soft white quilting cotton to reduce bulk, but it was still not working for me. So I decided to shorten the pockets and cut off the 'bulging' part as you can see below. I made an angle and wheel traced it to both pocket bags, so they'd both be even, then cut them off and re-serged that area. Super happy with the results. Also, in the photo below, you can see the construction of the simple elastic-waist and the channel area I leave open at the side seam for the elastic insertion. I've gotten to where I do not close this up when completed just in case I might need to go in and shorten my elastic someday. Positive thinking, right?!
Hemmed my usual 1 1/4" hem.
These were not narrowed, as a few of my previous pairs, as I wanted the fuller, almost semi-cropped look.
Methinks these will get lots of wear, even though summer is more than halfway over here in South Carolina.
You can view pair #1, #2, #3, #4,#5, and #6 by clicking on their corresponding numbers.
Happy Sewing Everyone! :)