Oh how I love these pants! Can’t you see them paired with a boxy cashmere sweater or a crisp white shirt? These pants are proof that the right fabric is everything when it comes to making your own clothes.
- Inspiration: a pair of Stella McCartney silk brocade pants I saw at Saks ($965)
- Pattern: a vintage pattern from my stash, but you can find this design from just about any big pattern company. I made a muslin first and found I needed to lengthen them by about two inches so they’d hit my ankle (I’m 5’7″). No waistband, slim-leg pants, very basic design that works well on just about every body
- Construction: Incredibly easy. Invisible zip in the side seam; faced waistband. Pants are so easy to make I’m not sure why I don’t make more of them. Must ponder this.
Can’t make it to our NYC or LA stores to look for fabric like the one I used here? These are some brocades from MoodFabrics.com that I think would make an equally cool pair of pants: 300714, 300687, 300738, 300747, and FP19599C.
What I am sewing now: I love the Prada fall 2012 collection, with its bold brocade fabrics and boxy jackets with matching pants. (Have you noticed I have a thing for brocade?) I found a stunning Carolina Herrera brocade here in the store and I’m making a long jacket out of it. More to come…