Today I started working on a pair of lightweight knit pants to go with my lace shirt outfit.
I'm using a very soft gray cotton jersey and am trying for something more interesting than just plain old sweat pants. To construct them, I'm stitching the seams first with a narrow zigzag on my Kenmore 158.141 (just to hold the two layers together) and then going over the seam with a four-thread serge.
Working from an old Simplicity track suit pattern, I added five inches of width to both of the two fronts, and am using that fullness to create an interesting pleating arrangement, inspired by my book of avant-garde Chinese designs, Flatness Folded.
Another source of inspiration is this photo I found on Pinterest, though with cotton jersey I can't quite recreate the fullness of it. I'd like to try this in a stiffer fabric like linen in the future.
The crotch and side seams are all finished, so I'm just experimenting with how I want to arrange the front pleats before I finish the waistline, most likely by adding a waistband with elastic in it. I'm leaning toward pleating the left front beyond the center seam, creating a slight wrap effect.
For tips on finishing, I'm using a pair of H&M cotton jersey lounge pants I own. Also for adding pockets. They're very well constructed and have lasted many years.
I hope to finish these pants tomorrow, and I'll be posting my completed project -- pants and lace shirt -- on Thursday. I can't wait to show you the whole thing.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!