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.
I've got another top planned to go with these, but in the meantime the asymmetrical Ottobre 02/2015 no. 10 Sculpture
out of a pretty turquoise knit suffices.
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
, #4, #5,
by clicking on their corresponding numbers.
Happy Sewing Everyone! :)
You are so very very beautiful!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing
Thank you ever so much! You have made my day!! :)Delete
That hem detail is lovely. I am always fascinated with the Ottobre makes and think I've found a place locally that sells the magazines, so I shall be exploring. I love your trousers!ReplyDelete
Thank you Sue! I'll be interested to see what you think!! :)Delete
Even though I haven't sewn my own clothes in many years (seems like about 100), I can readily see what a simply fantastic seamstress you have become. Your garments, without a doubt, look professionally made. I am fascinated by the way you continually learn and grow by using your intelligent noggin to figure out new things! Your style of clothing is that which will remain wearable for many years to come. So traditional.ReplyDelete
By the way, very nice looking derriere in back view shot! :o]
Thank you so much for your kind compliment! It's always a learning curve and a hobby I really enjoy! :)Delete
Don't you love a TNT pattern? Especially when you jazz it up with style tweaks, the way you have. I feel 10 degrees cooler just looking at your pictures!ReplyDelete
Wish it was 10 degrees cooler! We've had the hottest, driest summer temps/weather this year so that's probably why a white pair of pants seemed so exciting to me. ;) Thanks so much Nancy! :)Delete
Those look fab Lisa and I am pretty impressed with this neat hem! Everything about the pants look pretty neat and I like the fit on you!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Katharina! :)Delete
Hello Lisa - the pants look superb. And your hem slits are lovely. Elastic waist trousers are absolutely the best, I am starting to think. Absorb the days ups and downs, and move with you. Good idea to reshape the pocket bag to suit - one doesn't need much to tuck a hankie into, after all. I hope you enjoy wearing these white pants - a timeless classic.ReplyDelete
Completely agree! I'd like to have a few zip-up pants in the closet to have the option to wear something with the look of a smooth backside, but for the most part this pattern doesn't bug me too much in that area. Particularly since I don't tuck tops in anymore. They are so comfortable to wear. Thank you so much! :)Delete
Your white pants look so nice and summery, Lisa. I love the hem slit detail, you did it so neatly. Shortening the pocket was a good idea, too. It seems like a very good pattern to have. I will have to see if I can get a copy of that issue.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Kathy! :)Delete
Great pants, Lisa! I really love the hem slit. I am sure you will wear it a lot :) Happy Sewing!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Hana! Guess I really, REALLY needed a white pair of pants because I want to wear these each day! :)Delete
Thankyou for my coat comment. I just bought my first ottobre magazine and I can see from your ottobre makes it is going to be a good investment. The mesh around our chickens and orchard has been great. We used to lose a few chooks to foxes and hawks but not since covering the whole area.ReplyDelete
I look forward to seeing what you make and what you think of Ottobre patterns! :)Delete
I loved these when I saw them on instagram, and all these pictures just make me love them more! Everyone needs the perfect pair of white pants for summer. I just adore that clever little side slit at the ankles, perfectly sewn and adds just the right amount of interest to them. I can easily see why you want to wear them every day ! xxReplyDelete
Thank you sweet Carolyn! :)Delete