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?
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!