Big girl play pants

So, there’s what I’ve decided is a myth about ugly old lady elastic waist pants. I’ve actually seen this phenomenon once — a woman who had pulled her elastic waist pants up as high as she could over a tucked-in shirt, just like she might have done on a baby. It was an awful sight, and, well, I don’t know how anyone could be that oblivious. But I’m betting there are twenty-year olds who’ve never worn any but elastic waists. Yoga pants, sweatsuits, jogging pants, that’s all many young people wear around here. My prediction is they’ll never wear anything with a woven, interfaced waist band, and those uncomfortable things will be history in another twenty years or so. You’ll have to go vintage to find them 🙂

I wear elastic waist pants, and if I can slip a cord through the casing along with the elastic, well then I think I’m dressing young, not old.  I found a pattern that’s actually labelled “young” and decided to buy it (on drastic sale) primarily to compare it with my own self-drafted yoga harem karate dance pants. It’s a cool Burda pattern for short pants.


I used an exterior microfibre fabric from my stash, and experimented with putting longer legs on this thing.



I took a page out of Marcy Tilton’s book actually, and tried two angled wedges, one in front and one in back to make the legs narrower than they would have been if I just followed the inner and outer legs lines.


This is the front one. The back one is a little less angled, and longer, but without topstitching (I was running out of thread). I have to confess I have no idea how or why angled wedges work. But if anyone decides to try this at home, make sure your pants legs are a couple of inches too long before you start.

They’re fun pants and super comfortable. More comfortable than the harem yoga pants, which give me trouble when I try to scramble into my truck. I plan to make another pair out of linen for the summer.

Unfortunately I had to steal a lace from a hiking boot for this project.


What will we do about that?

cut ‘n paste skirts

You know those rectangles of fabric that stores, particularly upholstery stores, have to show the fabrics you can order? They come in a wad, sometimes with holes punched at the top to secure them together, sometimes framed in cardboard? I like to collect those when I can find them. I always figure there must be something I can do with a 4 x 6″ or 8 x 12″ or 16 x 20″ rectangle.

A while ago, I used such a rectangle, along with a short width of doubleknit fabric to make a little skirt. I just sewed the rectangle to the stretch fabric at both sides, and made a casing on the stretch fabric to hold a cord, to which I attached those sports thingees that clamp down on a cord.


Nice fabric, isn’t it? Over time I’ve been wearing it more and more often because the little slip of a thing is really comfortable.

I wanted to make another one with some green stretch fabric and this sample of upholstery fabric.


That turned into a long learning process. The stretch fabric was too fine and stretchy; the upholstery piece was too heavy and unyielding. I tried this and then that and yet another. I ended up with two fabric panels separated by double layers of the knit fabric at the sides. Ta da!



I sewed a couple of darts in the back panel, and inserted elastic into casing in the side panels.


The front panel, replacing the too stiff piece I really wanted to use, is nylon, interlined with something from the scrap stash to give it the right body and stop it from glueing itself to leggings. I have to say I kind of love khaki/pea/moss greens and tend to grab any scrap of it I find anywhere.

I can’t believe I’m wearing mini-skirts.

Notice the green and pink bracelets? They’re felted. Picked ’em up at a yard sale. Ditto the hat. I got the boots second hand in Saskatchewan, which is, like, iconic cowgirl territory. I figure these boots have felt living horse between them.

Now you’ll have to excuse me, I have  business to attend to. Must be somebody needs some kind of sleuthing done on horseback.