Tuesday 18 June 2024

Friday pattern Co Saguaro set and a long, subsequent elastic pants comparison binge sew

 I made this set in a time crunchy state of urgency just before leaving on a trip (and I wanted to wear the set on the trip obv).  For this reason I had everything on my floor: the lovely red fabric I thought I would use plus about 7 alternative fabrics in a mix-and-match free for all to come up with enough yardage for these *hungry* pants.  The issues were that I wanted the set to still be a set, so I wanted the top and bottom to go together.  Considered 3 colours of raw silk in a jester-style mix and match but decided it would be too comical for me.  There was a lovely flowered linen for the bottoms, but didn't have anything that would be a good top, and I think the red fabric I had initially planned was not enough enough to make the pants.  

Lesson: really high waisted, wide hem pants take a LOT of fabric.  I can't fit them on 1 meter of 110 wide!!  Rare!!!

It was with a weird shock that I pulled out the super amazing high quality linen from Tessuti that I have been stashing.  I love it so much that I bought more than a meter.  I didn't have enough to make the entire set, but the white raw silk was a close enough match to be the top.  

Onward!  Size S and no modifications because I didn't have time.  I was accepting the potential for a HUGE DISASTROUS fail with one of my most coveted recent fabric purchases (to be considered distinct from the so precious deep stash I am just unable to cut into), and just flying with it. 

I did make the tactical decision on the top to go with a tighter elastic that grips my chest, rather than a loose elastic which skims without sticking.  I reckoned this way I could go without a bra.  However, in reality I hate the clinging feel - the loose elastic would have been a better choice.  So the top is kind of uncomfortable for me to wear, though I think it looks pretty cool.  I overlapped the tops quite a bit, trying on as I went, to get the amount of coverage I was content with.  This way even when I lean forward there's a bit of coverage.  

The result is that the pants are amazing.  I think it's the linen that does it - this linen just wanted to be a pair of swishy pants, and the length of them suits it perfectly.  High waisted loose pants have been the thing this summer, with cropped tops, and I actually have a few cropped tops that have gone really nicely with these, so they turned into an absolute win.  The crotch is too low and the pockets are annoyingly small, but despite that I adore these pants. 

This is with a Victory Frances tee hacked out of a very old tshirt - but my most judgy eye felt that the armscye fit is horrible (the pattern offers a back tie as a cheat so it won't keep falling off your shoulders) so I didn't do any more variations of this.  In fact I never kept the original ones I made for similar reasons.  Maybe I'll get more inspired this summer, it could be as simple as adding in the very necessary sloping shoulders adjustment that I know I need but rarely do.

I don't think I'll wear the top due to the tight elastic.  I think it's quite cute though and before giving it away I will probably take some notes in case I want to make it again as a stand-alone piece.  Sadly with my crazy travel schedule I thought I'd taken photos but I didn't (or I threw them away.)  No photos of the top.  But it was cute.

In the meantime I thought it would be fun to make the adjustments I should have made the first time around.  I was near The Fabric Store so I could even buy fabric for the experiment.  I wasn't sure whether these stripes would yell "clown pants" or be great. No way to know but to try, right?  I shortened the rise by 1", increased the size of the pockets by 1" all the way around, and changed the hem to an Anna Allen style 2+1 inch foldover (1 inch, then 2 inches) lengthened the hems to make up for that (maybe not necessary, they are longer).

All my thinking about these pants and modifications of them and some future shorts vision all got conflated together into a great big elastic pants binge, which follows: 

I moved onto the Peppermint Samford Pants 

Great pattern info, says it's for a 5'8" human. 

shortened crotch 1", and length 2", made size C 

Adjusted back pockets so I didn't need to double them- I thought the instructions were a bit silly. 


These are functionally identical to the Saguaro pants - a wide leg pant with a self made waist tie and 2" elastic.  Seriously SO similar.  However, these are FULL length and again, I had very few fabric options here.  I spied some drapey rayon that I bought recently and had completely forgotten about.  Not sure what the vision was for the rayon, but I bought 2m.  These pants feel like they run the show, but they also feel like something I might cheerfully wear to swan about the house.  I had some thoughts about whether to stabilise the pockets with interfacing.  Should one always stabilise pockets?  I don't remember what I ended up doing. 

Learning to shorten the rise on all these high waisted things has been a game changer.  So much that I'm considering going back to the Florence pants .

Anyway then I made the Peppermint Loungewear set pants.  (Incidentally the fit looks so similar to my old pictures of those Florence pants, but it isn't - the rise on those was terrible for me.)

These pants do NOT tell you what height human they are made for. 

I made size B and shortened the pants 1" but left the crotch height alone. 

It was really interesting to compare patterns which appear superficially quite similar - in terms of fit, of course, but also in terms of the information provided in the patterns ahead of time.  It seems like a mark of the quality of the pattern designer to share as much relevant info as possible.  Lately there are so many people designing patterns and selling them on etsy, and there is no longer a good, clear repository of new patterns and people's opinions on them - so it's hard to know whether to try out a new designer when you spy a cool new pattern. 


Sorry these are a bit rubbish, it was too cold for this.

Anyway these pants used a bit less fabric, so I could fit them on 1.5m of delightful drapey viscose twill, possibly from Blackbird fabrics.  Also, this pattern is SUPER easy, because there's no waistband. You just attach the elastic to the top of the fabric and fold down.  It's nice, for once, to have an elastic that won't be able to roll up or be obnoxious, although it was a bit tricky to sew down as you have to make sure not to fold over the pocket edges.  These pants have a much different shape to the previous selection - bigger pockets, cropped styling.  Way too cold for these now, they are going straight away for spring, but they are a surprise winner - I really love them! 

None of these pants are suitable for the shorts I have been dreaming about but luckily it's winter now so I can save that for next summer.


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