Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Sewing Workshop Urban Pants ~ Summer Pants in a Linen Blend

I spend many of my summer days wearing denim short shorts and tees (and I'm talking really short as in I don't wear them in public any further than my mailbox, haha!)  When I need to run an errand, or attend a meeting, or simply want to walk the dog, I switch to pants.  That's when I realized I was seriously lacking casual, yet cute, pants. 

For my birthday my daughter had given me a gift certificate to Emma One Sock, where I saw this Red Clay linen/tencel/cotton blend fabric.  I loved the color and purchased it with visions of using it to make some loose-fitting pants. 

Earlier this year, I had joined the "Sew Confident! Series 10" offered by The Sewing Workshop.  Because of that I had Sewing Workshop patterns on my mind and choose to sew The Urban Pants. I had sewn the Urban Tee a few times previously, but never the pants. 

The pants are described as cropped, straight-leg with a center front seam with faced vent and button and loop detail, no side seam, flat waistband in front with elastic sides and back. I liked the idea of a cropped pant and partial elastic waist, so I forged ahead.

For a pull-on pant, they took much more time to sew than I thought they would! First of all, the fabric was probably too lightweight for pants, even though pants were listed as a good project for the fabric. The cut edges raveled easily and I was concerned that seams would pull out when I wore the pants, even though they're fairly loose-fitting.  I did serge all of the edges before sewing the seams.

The slowest part was the faced vent.  Somehow I didn't measure accurately and ended up with the hem on one side of the vent 3/8" longer than the other side. Honestly, no one probably would have noticed. But it would have bothered me every time I wore these. So I ripped out the stitches, remeasured, and restitched. 

The vent closes with a button and loop. I really didn't want to purchase two buttons and settled on gold buttons that I had in my (small) button stash.

The waistband is a separate pattern piece, a detail that I appreciate.  The elastic is inserted and stitched in place at the center front seam so that part of the waistband is flat. There's no interfacing at the front of the waistband so it does fold over when worn.

I thought I would really like that partial flat waistband, but on me? Not so much. It's my body shape. I have quite a bit of high hip fluff combined with an almost non-existent waist and the pants aren't as flattering as I had hoped they might be. 

 I do wish these had pockets! I'm not sure what year this pattern was released, but I'm pretty sure we didn't all carry our cell phones with us at the time.  With no side seam there is no easy way to add pockets if I were to sew these again.  Which I won't. 

The pants are out of my comfort zone as this is not a style I normally wear. I don't feel "good" when I'm wearing them, but it might just be that I need my eye to adapt to a shape I'm not used to. Even though they aren't getting much wear I'm glad I tried the pattern.

Have you ever had high hopes for a pattern that ended up to be a "meh" once completed?

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8 comments:

  1. I am a pocket person…this year I have added pockets to all clothes on my bottom half… I would create interesting patch pockets and stitch those on. Front and back, or cargo style, yo have a place got phone or other essentials when popping out. Love the color on these sand really hope some time in a magic closet will help you like them more. I am working to like shorter pants- not natural fit me yet but maybe for next summer. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh now why didn't I think of that with the pocket? Great idea and I'm glad you shared. I'm hoping time in the magic closet (haha) will change my mind :-)

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  2. I like these on you. Nice modern look. It is a new style that probably needs our eyes to adjust to. I have made two wide cropped pants with partial elastic waist using Stylearc’s Fifi pants. I might try to adapt the pattern to make that interesting front placket you have going on. The Fifi has pockets 😀

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    1. Thanks Vicki! I went and looked at the Fifi pants -those are cute! I may have to add that pattern to my Style Arc collection :-)

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  3. I think the pants look great on you. My waistline is not as defined at 58 years old as it once was, so I look for T's and tunics that are worn outside the waistband to conceal that. I love the faced slit with buttons. Great job on your sewing!

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    1. Thank you! Yea that darn waist that disappears :-) A few of my girlfriends are about 10 years older and they told me it was coming...I didn't believe them, LOL.

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  4. I think these look really good on you. I mean, are you going to wear anything tucked in with them? I usually see you wear your tops out so the elastic waist issue won't show. I don't like the look of elastic waists at all with my hip/waist ratio but if I am not tucking in, who cares? They look great and you did a beautiful job on those vents.

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    1. Thank you Bunny! You're right, I no longer wear things tucked in (does anyone else miss their waistline too?!?) so I think it's a matter of letting my eyes adjust to a shape I'm not used to wearing.

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