My dream closet would be filled by pieces from Isabel Marant. So chic, so French, and so wearable. Take these silk pants from her, pictured above. They are utterly elegant, but they have an elastic waistband. Incroyable!
I rarely sew pants because I can always find a pair or two at Zara that fit my needs, but my sewing mojo was a-twitching at the thought of making chic elastic waistband pants. First came the fabric: this wonderful green wool twill print from Oscar de la Renta that I found on our wool floor here at Mood NYC. It’s very drape-able and soft to the touch, so much so that I decided not to line these pants.
Next came the pattern: Simplicity 1808. There are a gazillion elastic-waist pants patterns out there, but I liked this one for the flat front panel part of the waistband. Figured it might eliminate some poofiness at the waistline, which it does. Also, pockets. Love pockets!
If you sew this pattern, I strongly recommend you take the time to make a muslin first. I did and it was worth the time because these pants are very wide. I probably took about two inches off the outer seam, just to make them a little more narrow.
Another thing I recommend is to consider the weight of your fabric. The pattern calls for the waistband to be self-faced with your fashion fabric. In hindsight I wish I had made the underside of my waistband out of a thinner fabric, like silk, just to reduce some of the bulk. Or, made the entire waistband out of black silk charmeuse, like the Isabel Marant pants.
I am so happy with these pants. I love, love, love this Oscar de la Renta wool. I went the whole day at work feeling comfortable with this wool next to my bare legs—no itchy feeling at all—and then I never changed out of them until bed. I’m already searching the shelves here at Mood for more fabric to make another pair of these pants!
Want to make your own Isabel Marant-inspired pull-on pants? I suggest looking at MoodFabrics.com’s silk prints, wool challis (you may want to line), wool crepe (choose lightweight crepes; consider lining), and 4-ply silk. Now go get sewing!
Gorgeous pants, love the fit, the pattern suggestion and the fabric. Thanks for the inspiration.
LOVE these pants!!!! Very flattering! Did you just remove the width from the side seam? I thought with pants you had to take away evenly from inseam and outer seam? I’m off to buy the pattern!
You know me, I never sweat the fit details. I’m sure you’re right, but taking in from the outer sides worked for me. Glad I made a muslin to test it! Glad you like the pants.
I never would have thought elastic waist pants could look so classy (although I’m not surprised – you always look super classy!). Love these, and of course now I want a pair 🙂
Thank you, Lauren! I just looked this morning for more pants fabrics…
I love these kind of pants. I’ve made one pair and I’m about to cut a pair out of red ponte from of course Mood!
So I go to the simplicity site to check out the pattern thinking I don’t have to worry this won’t come in a plus size…and it DOES! Egads ~ now I’m wondering if I can pull off the pants and the top in one of Mood’s silk crepes! In a dark color with a belt it will almost look jumpsuity – yeah I know not exactly your Isabel Marant pants but they did inspire me! 🙂
So how do you think this pattern would fare in a knit? Say, high quality ponte?
Rita, really well in a stable knit like ponte, though I’d probably make the waistband out of silk charmeuse or satin to eliminate bulkiness and add a designer touch.
I have some lovely ponte, but I do worry about the bag at the knees with a knit.
Love the jacket with it .. what a nice outfit … I want.
I already have this pattern, and after seeing how nice your pants look I just may give them a try. Great to know your pattern fitting suggestions, I will definitely make a muslin. Now to check my stash at home to see what I have on hand that would work.
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do you think that i would be less of a designer if i used patterns to create garments? i know that most if not all designers create their designs from scratch.
I really would like to know because i want to start making clothes for work and every day wear
Absolutely use patterns to help with design! As you get more proficient you’ll have your own slopers to use as patterns.