I couldn't resist the urge to make another pair of linen/rayon blend, beachy, flowing pants. My boys think they look like PJ's. I can tell you they are as comfortable as PJ's, that's for sure, but hopefully I can get away with wearing them in public without too many funny stares. I'm not sure the lace top from the previous post really works with them. You'll recall this is an experiment! I'm stepping outside the box a little bit here and you are welcome to chime in with your opinion. So without further delay may I present Linen and Lace.
One thing that got me chuckling about this pattern is I believe women will either love the wide knit waistband or hate it. I was thinking to myself, I would probably have hated it if I had just had a child. I remember feeling that the last thing I wanted to wear was pants with maternity panels after giving birth, even though it was a necessity for a while, and this waistband kind of reminds me of one. But now that I am 7 years past my last pregnancy, I rather like the comfort and sleekness of the wide knit waistband.
The pants have wide legs, side seams that are shifted forward slightly, and on seam pockets. The instructions were clear, and I learned a new technique for on-seam pockets. Rather than sewing the pockets together right away, they have you press them open and topstitch the front pocket edge first. It worked out pretty well and the pockets are nice and roomy. Here are some detail shot of the pants.
I knew that I would be laying my pattern out on the straight grain, because I planned to lay lace over my fashion fabric. The lace is something gorgeous from Gorgeous Fabrics. It has a wonderful drape and a pretty silvery sheen. My fashion fabric is a light-weight cotton sateen, also with a nice drape. Since the shell is not cut on the bias, it doesn't have any stretch from side to side. Therefore I had to insert an invisible zipper on the side seam.
Also, the neckline and armholes are finished with bias strips. I didn't want any topstitching to show, so I hand stitched all the bias strips to the fashion fabric only, not the lace. The directions did not tell me to under stitch the neckline or armholes, but I did anyway so that the bias strips would gently pull the seams slightly to the inside.
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