I live in a warm, often sticky, climate. Clingy clothes aren’t very comfortable. When I decided to make something for date night, I wanted a flowing, wide-legged, linen pant. The blouses are currently UFOs, but I went ahead and made the trousers. I didn’t start until after date night, and wore them to work yesterday (temps 85 degrees, a bit muggy). Oh, my, I was in heaven – loose, casual and dressy at the same time. They made me feel as if I could fly. I will be making them again.
The pattern is Paco Peralta’s view D of Vogue 1550. It’s tough to see the pants, hidden under that very long tunic, but I had a good feeling about the pants. I made a muslin, and confirmed the following. I needed a size 14, with 1/2 inch side seams and inseams above the notches. I also wanted them for heeled/platform sandals, so I added 2 inches at the leg lengthen shorten line. I fit is almost perfect. At the last minute, I decided the crotch seam should also be 1/2 inch – I don’t need this, the pants are slightly too big. I may go back and fix this. As I have plenty of fabric to re-cut a waistband if need be.
About the fabric: a very fine weave black linen from Gorgeous Fabrics, purchased in 2015. I had purchased some to make a color block dress, and loved it so much I ordered another 6 yards. It’s perfect! The black and white batiste for the contrast binding is the same that I used for my niece’s doll dresses.
The pattern: super easy – no big issues.
I will make these again. I also plan to make the culottes and tunic version as well, but not just yet.
Bathroom selfies. I can’t find my selfie stick. On top of that, I can no longer connect my iPhone 5 (new one please) to my PC, so I cropped and uploaded directly from the mobile. And, thought I did a rear view, but didn’t. Trust me, these pants are beautiful, but not meant for the camera. They are a great basic that expands my wardrobe.
And, gratuitous shots of the orange blossoms. The tree isn’t yet in full blossom, but in another day or so, the scent will be intoxicating.