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Monday, 3 August 2015

I Made It Monday - 50's Inspired Pants, self drafted

This week I made pants!

I have made a number of skirts, dresses and tops from self drafted patterns (for my non-sewist readers: self drafted means you make the pattern, it's not a purchased commercial pattern) however I have never attempted fitted pants.  I thought pants would be too tricky.

A lovely lady from my knitting group gifted me her 20+ year old Sure Fit Designs kits (they are still available, and I'd recommend them!) so I thought I'd give pants a go.

circa 1960. Goes to show skinny jeans are recycled as well!

I love the 50's style high waisted cigarette style pants (sort of a jegging with a back zip!).  However, being tall it's hard to find them with a long enough rise (crotch length) - the tall girls know what I'm talking about!!

I used an inexpensive stretch denim to make a wearable muslin (sewing code for: wearable but okay to make many alterations on & junk if it all goes horribly wrong!).  After 4 fittings and rounds of alterations I was happy with the end result.

I was unsure about the high waist but they are so comfortable!  No muffin top to be found! 

Wool top: Country Road (old) / Pants: Made By Me / Shoes: Old

Photos c/o my wonderful Husband

What have you made with a self drafted pattern?

16 comments:

  1. Bravo! These pants look perfect. Very chic and they sound comfortable - combining these two aspects is always the holy grail for me! I definitely know what you mean about rise problems. I ordered a pair of custom made jeans a few years ago and it was wonderful to be able to choose my rise length (as well as all of my other measurements).

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    1. Thanks Beth! Custom made jeans would be amazing! Jeans are one thing I won't make. X Allison

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  2. Wow! How impressive. I've always loved this style and you captured its spirit. Given the fittedness of pants, it must take huge skill to pull this project off.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! They are only very simple pants, but it did take 4 fittings to get them right. X Allison

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  3. Super cute! Love the whole "Audrey Hepburn" vibe!

    www.mylittlenest.org

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  4. Great 50s spirit, classy, elegant but informal at the same time. Love how the black top looks on you!
    Have a great day!

    Paty @antesAltaquesinsilla.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Paty! I appreciate you taking the time to read & comment. I have some 1950's vintage dress patterns which I'm looking forward to making & will be appearing on my blog in the near future.

      X Allison

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  5. I love, love, love these pants!! The cigarette pants are my favourite style but I can never get a pair long enough. You are talking my language girl!! Well done drafting them yourself. Very Impressive. (Oh, and the high waist is BRILLIANT) Bron x

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    1. Thanks Bron! I am so happy with these pants & I had no idea how comfy the high waist would be! X Allison

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  6. So Audrey inspired! FAB! Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Dawn! Thanks for the link up - I love your blog & your style! x Allison

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  7. Oooh I love these. It's like something straight out of Mad Men! Wonderful post.

    Sara x
    www.girlintheprettydress.com

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    1. Thank you Sara! I love them too & have been wearing them a lot! X Allison

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  8. These pants looks amazing on you - great job of drafting your own pattern!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thank you Alice for the kind words & great link up! x Allison

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