Feb 9, 2015
Call me perverse, but when the weather gets cold and gray and the streets are covered with dirty snow, I want to wear white -- or least, sew something white! (The shot up top is from my 2011 jeans sew-along and the month was May, but so be it.)
I've been planning to make myself a pair of white twill pants (basically jeans) for some time now. Since I'm focusing on pants this month, I decided to jump right in.
I picked up about two yards of white cotton pants-weight twill in December and pre-washed it once, though twice wouldn't have been a bad idea as it does tend to shrink in the dryer initially.
My pattern is Kwik Sew 3504, which I've used with success many times. (It's the pattern I used for my jeans sew-along many moons ago.)
I tweak it a bit every time I use it: currently, I add about 1/2" to the side width (my 30" waist is history, alas) and this time took roughly 1" out of the back width, starting just below the seat; I just pinned it out.
Everything else was straightforward.
I sewed these on my Kenmore 158.141.
For the pocket bags, I used an old white cotton jacquard tablecloth.
After I was finished but before hemming, I threw the pants in the washer and dryer. They shrank hardly at all width-wise but roughly 2" in length!
Here's a peek at the finished (all but hemmed) pants:
Note to self: avoid black underwear.
Curse thee, muffin top!
Once change I make from commercial jeans is to add two belt loops -- one on either side of the center back seam -- instead of one. A good way to avoid visible butt cleavage when squatting!
I'll do a more elaborate photo shoot down the line.
Anybody else digging out their white fabric stash these days?
Have a great day, everybody!