If you want a new take on the boring leggings…these pants would be them. I’m always looking to get a cute design detail, something out of the norm.
The fabric was this new stuff that has been showing up all over the place, “Bengaline” sold by StyleArc, JoAnns and also Hancock. I got mine at Hancock. It really is extremely stretchy. Not easy to topstitch if you go across the “grain” or across the direction of the stretch.
This fabric is so new to me. It takes some getting used to, in order to stable on the different cross seams and topstitching. I’m really not too fond of it right now. But, we shall see. I got a little more for some other projects.
I know you couldn’t wait to see the back!!! That is the main reason we read about peoples pants post..to see if the butt fits. LOL…yes, me too, I have no shame.
I cut the size 16, but the waist again, as has been with the last 3 pair of stylearc, had to be taken up by 6 inches. These things are drafted for juniors or something, to have the waist measurement so close to the hip measurement. I don’t understand.
The pattern is your basic leggings, but cut with the front and back which has the side seam…not the quick version. The knee is sewn with a couple pleats on the outer and inner seam to give it the padded look. I had to sew out most of the ease. However, I could do too much, I had to leave the pants slightly loose, otherwise, I would not be able to walk because of the cross seaming over the legs and knees.
I may make them again after a tad bit more tweaking in the legs. The back leg seam cuts into my leg, and the calf section is too tight.
I did an inventory of my wardrobe and found that nice t-shirts and button downs comprise the majority of my separates. Well, nice to me…I don’t actuall have lace ones just test..but that’s on the burner.
So, I went to my studio to rectify the problem and this is what I came up with. another Renfrew. Go figure.
In my own defense, I settled with the fact that this version, view “C” has a cool collar.
… a different sleeve length. Lol. Does it help that it can be used as a hoodie if I were trying to protect the hair?
After I get my fill of t-shirts and button downs, we shall see where I go from here. I am truly a creature of habit.
In the meantime another button down is in the works… This next one will be in a really luxurious, buttery stretch 4-ply silk.
I have made it already for a Christmas gift and really LOVE it. I used a poly georgette from Hancock.
Until next time, keep sewing.