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.
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 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.
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