Remember my inspiration photo? Did you notice the wedges? I really like the fabric on those pants, but couldn't find anything that was similar in a small print, so I ended up going with a tan and black zebra print stretch poplin from FFC. I had fun making this outfit, and the pants are super comfy; a near perfect fit. But it is a bold look, so I will have to see how brave I am to pull it off. I used two patterns. Burda 7590 and a free Hot Patterns from Fabric.com.
I changed a couple of things on both patterns. I gave the pants a cuff at the ankle and I eliminated the waist band on the top and used elastic instead. Here is the look:
Gorgeous Fabrics. It is a simple cowl neck style. The back neckline has a facing that encloses the folded drape on the front in the shoulder seam. I used my coverstitch machine to hem the sleeves and topstitch the one inch wide elastic applied at the hem.
The Burda pants required a lot of fitting adjustments. I started with a size 12. The crotch curve was the perfect depth, but there was too much width. I ended up trimming about 3/4" from the inner back leg seam, beginning a the crotch and tapering back into the seam about 7" down. That seemed to help pull out a lot of wrinkles from the back and front. The waist was too small as drafted so I eliminated the front darts. The outside leg seams were taken in about 3/4" on each side beginning at about 4" down from the waist and tapering back in to the normal side seam at the knee. I wanted cuffs on these pants, so I just turned up a 4" hem then folded the cuff up. Here are some more detail shots:
A few thoughts...
I wish I had set my snaps closer to the edge, but that is a minor detail, as I plan to wear these with the waist covered. I used snaps to keep a sleek flat look. I like how the waistband sits above the level of my hip bones. The pants don't tend to creep down. Now that I have the pattern tweaked to my liking, I could see making these again in a tamer bottom-weight fabric. The fabric I used is a bit light weight, and my stretch is running vertical instead of horizontal. We'll see how that works out in the long run. So far so good, as far as comfort goes, but I think they tend to wrinkle a bit more in the hip area because of this. I am going to try styling these pants a few ways. For this first go around I really wanted to keep the long legged look as in the inspiration photo, so I went with a shorter top. However, I am going to see how I like them with a tunic length top too. How about some camera angle fun? Now that's what I'm talking about!
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