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. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!