My slim brocade pants made from fabric I coveted in the Mood NYC store. There are a few yards left of this same fabric in a lighter colorway, $40/yd. Call or email the silk department (email@example.com) and ask them to recommend similar brocades if this is gone.
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.
I love everything about this fabric. It was wonderful to sew with, and look at how sharp that pressed crease is.
Can't make it to our NYC or LA stores to look for fabric like the one I used here?
I used petersham ribbon from my stash to edge the waistband facing for a neat finish.
These are some brocades from MoodFabrics.com
that I think would make an equally cool pair of pants: 300714
, 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...