Experiment: Sewn Square One's Paper Bag Pant
1.5 inch elastic
1/2 inch elastic
2 1/4 yards of unknown tan material
Light tan Gutterman Thread
As always, I pick up fabric when I find deals and steals. This tan fabric was found for $2.00/yard therefore I could not pass it up. I bought a whopping six yards. It has been in my stash for over a year. If I had to venture a guess, I would say it is a nylon derivative with some added stretch. It reminds me of the fabric that the hiking pants the unzip to become shorts are made of...who knows? It worked fabulous for this experiment.
This pattern is a very simple design. I loved the detail of the waistband which, I think, hides the elastic waist. With my first version of the waistband, I followed the directions of the pattern. FAIL. I diligently ripped the seam and cut a new waistband. There was no saving the old one since this fabric frays easily. With the new waistband, I made it completely separate (The pattern directions have you make the waistband while attaching it to the pant). I attached it to the pant and filled it with the 1 1/2 inch elastic. Sewed it shut and viola! Much prettier, much easier.
The pattern has a lot of room around the hip area. I went with a size small based on my measurements but definitely could have gotten away with the extra small. Do I hear a pair of floral print or some other wild print paper bag pants in my future? I opted for the crop pant with elastic below the knees. This material is light, making it perfect for the warmer weather. I choose not to put the pockets on the side. After seeing the amount of material around my waist, I know the pockets would not have been flattering on me, maybe a smaller size and different fabric.
I am loving Indie Sewing month. My next project is the Emery Dress. There are so many great versions out there that I know I will like this pattern. I have several summery cotton florals in my stash that will work perfectly. I should also mention that the 3rd edition of the Perfect Pattern Parcel is out! More Indie patterns and helping education. I literally just bought the Bombshell pattern like 3 days ago and there it was included in the parcel. Of the patterns listed, I am drawn to the Jorna dress. I am less excited by the other patterns but I am sure I just need a wallop of creativity and these patterns will yield something fabulous. My creativity has been running on empty for last couple of weeks.
I recommend this pattern. It is fun and funky. My husband has dubbed these my pirate pants. Arrgghhhh! Despite that, I think these are bananas. They will debut today at a birthday party.
P.S. I'll announce the winner of the giveaway contest tomorrow!
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