I'm on a kick.
A jogger kick. A boho kick. A "wear voile and rayon challis and other loosey goosey unfitted stuff" kick.
So when this brilliant opportunity presented itself....
I jumped right in with a bucket-list sew, the Pattern Emporium women's harem pants.
I've made these a handful of times for my daughter, and every time she wears them I wish I had my own. I mean, how stinking cute are these?
I'll give you the quick nitty gritty on these and then my own "what did I do and what would I do next time?" run-down.
- Sizes (Stacked) US 2-14, UK 4-16, AU 6-18
- Options: 4 pocket styles, optional drawstring waistband, slimline or relaxed fit pants, 3 ankle options (hem, full elastic, ankle tab/partial elastic).
- 77 page document: 40 pages of tutorials; 30(ish) pages for printing, based on chosen style pants. (Full printing guide available)
So here's what I did: I sewed by my measures, which put me between at 10 and a 12. I chose the 12 to be conservative, but had room enough for my toosh that I think I'd be safe in a 10 next time.
I chose a beautiful Cotton + Steel voile. I plan on living in these this summer, and voile offers the drape necessary for a great boho pair of joggers, as well as the breath-ability (totally a word) for comfortable summer wear.
I was a half yard short of the fabric reqs for this, but thanks to being 5'2 and making my pre-muslin length adjustments, I managed to squeak by with the assist of a navy contrast fabric for the tab pocket and waistband lining. I shared this trick when I was making knit joggers last week as well - but it illustrates the same process I used to get the right inseam the first time on my harems:
Getting the right inseam on my custom blend jogger pattern before even cutting into fabric! I folded up the hem allowance on an already fitted leggings pattern, and compared finished length of my joggers by lining up hem and crotch points, and folding out excess length at the knee. Premuslin work totally pays off saving me fabric and errors from guesswork :) #isew #imakefashion
I used my favorite legging pattern as a base, folding up the hem allowance. Then did the same for my pants pattern pieces, matched up the crotch points (yuck I hate that word..) and the hemlines, and folded out any excess length at the knee.
I did more or less the same to get the right rise on my seat seam, but I'd probably add some more length to the back seat next time.
Otherwise, these babies were a super simple sew! And I got to wear them all Mother's Day to a vineyard feeling like I was in pajamas, but looking like this....
Pretty schnazzy huh?? I'm in absolute L-O-V-E.
Stylistically, your most challenging things will be...
- Getting the right length (You don't want a bulge of fabric pooling at your ankles - not so sexy)
- Pairing this pattern with the right fabrics (Voile was fabulous, a chambray blend would be lovely, cotton lawn and rayon challis would be too - though you have to be willing to iron them)
- Finding the right balance between "sure, these can skip the wash for another consecutive wear tomorrow..." and "Ok now they just stink, go sew up another pair to wear for laundry day."
So there you have it! They were fast, they were easy, stash-friendly, and had a beginner-friendly tutorial jam-packed with sewing tips and instructions. I would recommend them in a heartbeat - so go snatch up the pattern for yourself, then see what other Pattern Emporium pretties my bloggy friends made for themselves and their darling littles: