Sewing, With Fabric

Free-Range Slacks from Sew House Seven

I bought a pair of lounge pants in China a few years ago, and they were really comfortable. I only could wear them on the weekends, so it didn’t make sense to have more than a pair. However, a week into Colorado’s Stay At Home order, I realized how nice it would be to have more lounge pants. Not only they would be comfortable, they could hide the weight I have been gaining.

I am still quite new to sewing. If I want a clothing item, I always debate if I should make it or buy it. Fortunately, it wasn’t hard to find a pattern. I figured I would spent a few hours to get familiar with the pattern, and my furture pairs will take substantially less time.

For this pair, I used Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun in Paris Blue. It’s 55% linen and 45% cotton. It feels a bit scratchy but tolerable. I hope once I wash it more, it’ll become less stiff.

I really liked how this turned out. I made size 6 according to the measurements on the pattern. Even though the fit was meant to be loose, size 6 for my 28 inch waist is a bit large. This could be a bit of a problem when I have my phone and wallet in the pockets. I felt like these pants could fall.

I like how this design came with four pockets. Two front pockets and optional two back pockets. This provides plenty of space for a phone, wallet, some keys, and hands (if you like to put your hands in pockets).

I made quite a few mistakes during the process and had to undo my stitches multiple times. That was partially due to the fabric didn’t have a right side and a wrong side. So I messed up some of the steps. I also cut it a bit wrong in the front piece of the pants. I had to mend those pieces before I started sewing. If you look closely at the pictures, you can see there’re two white lines between the legs.

Now I got through the learning curve, I’m ready to make a few more lounge pants this summer. Stay tuned!

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