Showing posts from June 13, 2021

Simplicity 9236 - Bright Green Pants for Summer

Recently I had an opportunity to visit SR Harris Fabric Warehouse in Minnesota, where I proceeded to load up on fabrics I thought would work well for my summer wardrobe. One of my purchases was a   bright green, lightweight cotton blend that I planned to use for loose-fitting pants.  I decided to sew Simplicity 9236, a fairly new release. It is ridiculously easy to sew, taking just a few hours from start to finish.  Fabric recommendations are lightweight denim, linen, microfiber, poplin, silky types, and soft cotton. Without doing a burn test I'm not positive what my green fabric is, but it sewed beautifully and is quite comfortable to wear in our current temps (mid 90s F). The pull-on pants are pleated (inseam and side seam) into an ankle band.  For reference, I'm 5' 5" and I made no length adjustments. I purchased the pattern because I liked the little hem detail and the leg shape.  The inside pockets are top stitched in place on the outside of the pants. My thread m

Vogue 8588 - Side Drape Pants with Big Pockets

I remember pondering whether or not to purchase Vogue 8588 when it was released in 2009.  I ultimately decided against it as I was working in a fairly conservative environment and didn't think I'd have too many opportunities to wear them. Of course once the pattern became OOP (out of print) I wanted it. But not enough to pay the high prices when I would find it on Etsy and eBay, haha.  Can you relate?  Recently a sewing friend sent me a few patterns she was not going to use, and Vogue 8588 was included! Lucky me!  The pants are rated easy and described as "above ankle length, with upper and lower sections forming drapes at the sides, large pockets, and stitched hems".  Here's the pattern cover and line drawing.     The pants are designed for knits and I used a floral ITY from Metro Textiles.   I sewed a 14 and found there is quite a bit of ease, especially since the fabric is fairly lightweight. I'll admit, combining a bold print with a bold design is not for