Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Fancy Flouncy Striped Pants - McCall's 7786

These pants were one of the first items I sewed when I returned to sewing this past June after my major surgery. At the time I was still suffering from severe joint pain (which had not yet been diagnosed) and the sewing was very therapeutic for me. It took me a long time to sew things, but it helped me feel "normal".

I choose the pattern because I thought the flounces along the lower sides and hem were fun, but the main reason was because they had a flat front with an elastic waist back. At the time I still didn't have enough strength or dexterity to use zippers or buttons. In fact, even pulling up the partial elastic waist pants was more of a struggle than I anticipated.
This is one of those items that attracts attention when worn. They're just so different, and I think you either love them or hate them. No middle ground here. Obviously, I'm on the love side. In fact I plan to sew a pair out of a lightweight denim for fall. (Because temperatures are still in the 90s here in east Texas, a fact I'm still getting used to but find that I am enjoying.)
The pattern is McCall's 7786, which features four different looks. Each view has side pockets, a flat front, elastic waist back, and wide legs.
Fabric suggestions are cotton blends, linen, crepe, and stable knits. Personally I wouldn't use a cotton blend unless it was very soft with a lot of drape. I used a striped fabric that was purchased as a pre-cut from Fabric Mart Fabrics about a year or two ago. I don't recall for sure. Do any of you remember when Fabric Mart Fabrics bought out a lot of the Craftsy fabric stock and had deep discounts on the pre-cuts? This was one of those fabrics. I believe it's a crepe and it has a wonderful drape. Perfect for these pants.
The construction is very simple as it's just a pull-on pant design. Be aware that there is a LOT of ease in these pants. I went up a size and ended up cutting it back to my usual size, and it's still quite loose-fitting. The only reason I went up a size is because of the weight gain I've had over the past two years. My body was fighting the ailment that I eventually had surgery for as well as an undiagnosed inflammatory arthritis, and part of that included unexplained weight gain.  I just didn't know it at the time and kept asking my doctor to check my thyroid.

As sewers we tend to get a bit excited when pockets are included in the designs we sew. If you're one of them you'll be pleased to know there are pockets included. I was even able to match the stripe.
The flounces go past the knee, which results in the swishiness of the pant legs when walking.  It is a little difficult to cross your legs as your leg ends up exposed.

I took this photo soon after sewing the pants.
The flounce is finished with a narrow hem, and attaching the flounce was rather easy. 
When I first sewed these I had enough fabric left over to sew an Ogden Cami thinking I would wear them together.  Yeah, no. It looks like fancy prison outfit with those black and cream stripes, LOL. And trust me when I tell you it looks 100 times better on my dress form than on me.
The finished length was shorter than I anticipated. Granted I never bothered to look at the side length from waist measurement provided on the back of the pattern envelope, which is provided for view A and B (this is view D). Keep that in mind if you're taller than I am (5' 5").

I wore these to church this past Sunday with wedge heels! I'm excited about that because it is the first time I wore a heel or wedge for more than just taking a photo for this blog!  I am all about celebrating my small successes in my healing process, and this is one of them.

As I mentioned earlier, I like these enough that I plan on sewing a lightweight denim pair that I can wear as we transition into cooler fall temps.

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  1. You look fabulous in that outfit! As to the temps in the 90's still. Knowing you are not a Texas native, just FYI, we may have 90's well into October. It's true what they say about our weather, "if you don't like the weather right now, just wait a minute." For November, we may have 80+ degrees or a surprise snow around Thanksgiving. So happy your health is improving and love seeing your creations!

  2. LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I remember when you were first working on these because I recognized the fabric. I have it in stash.

    The floaty, frilly pants makes my heart sing!!

  3. These are great and just the perfect fun summer pants!

  4. Marilee Judith Gramith10:35 PM

    These pants must be really fun to wear. Floaty, fabulousness is good for raising your spirits. Would they be cute with a cropped, tiny polka dot, jacket??



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