Quick -- your gut reaction: Yes? No? Maybe, on a bus and truck tour of "The King & I"?
I whipped this muslin up yesterday from Simplicity 4788 (I needed a break from drafting skirts), and I must say, they look just like the pattern envelope. I used a cotton poly sheet that doesn't have much drape, so you have to picture these in something that hangs a little better, like crepe.
Here's what they look like before adding pleats, casing, and cord -- big. The pattern calls for some decorative trim as well, which of course I would want to include for the full Yul Brynner effect.
One more time:
Not to be confused with...
I think these could work in a darker color and with a very preppy look on top: a formal button down shirt and rep tie...maybe a blue blazer. And a walking cane. And a bowler. And Mary Poppins. Yes, yes...I can see it now.
The real name of these, since you're dying to know, is zouave pants, named after a French army regiment in Algeria in the Nineteenth Century. And a variation of them was even worn in the American Civil War. History notwithstanding, they look like something you'd wear if you lived in a lamp.
But seriously, they're quite comfortable; everything between your knees and your waist has lots of breathing room, as you can imagine. And you never have to worry about VPL.
I think this one deserves one more iteration, don't you?
Any other accessories I might add to pull this off? I'm all ears.
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