Confidence is key when wearing anything beyond just jeans and a tee. That confidence has waxed and waned in the last few years. But mostly waned.
I also have ridiculous fit and texture sensitivities which makes branching out into atypical silhouettes really hard for me. But I really want to give harem pants a try. And I did this week. I’m still deciding if I love or hate them.
I guess they’re growing on me. I’ve worn them mostly all day. At least the fabric is awesome.
Like super awesome. I wish I had made these in the thick of summer when it was super hot. I got this fabric in LA’s fabric district. There’s a black/pink colorway version available here.
I nearly asked Chris, “Do these pants make my butt look fat?” before realizing it’s a question that should never be asked. By anyone. Ever.
There’s a disconnect between how I feel they look and what I see in the mirror (and these photos). And I want to get over that disconnect and feel confident in them all the time.
Do you have any pieces in your closet like that?
- earrings: Forever 21
- top: c/o Home T (vote for them!)
- bracelets: vintage, handmade (tutorial), handmade (tutorial), handmade by my dad
- pants: handmade
- shoes: Lulus
Click to read more about the sewing process (warts and all. I mean all warts).
I used Simplicity 1887, I’d seen it around the web a couple times (Beth and Erika) so it seemed like a safe bet. Hardly. Please excuse the negativity and midnight photos, but you need to see how ridiculous these pants were before I brought in the seams by about 4 inches on each side.
I went with the recommended size for my dimensions. Size 12. Since it has an elasticized waistband, I should’ve gone with a size 8 and lengthened the hem by 2 inches. One leg had enough ease for both of my legs and then some.
The front rise was too long and the crotch seam was too far back. I don’t need space for junk in the front.
More leg room.
I’m pulling back on the legs here, this is what I thought they would fit like. Not even close. The construction was easy enough, but the fit was waaaay off base.
Had I known I would run into these issues, I would’ve adjusted the front rise and the legs in the pattern pieces beforehand. So, you’ve been warned.
I won’t be making these again, but I’m glad I gave them a try. They’re my first pair of real pants (leggings sort of count, not really).
Have you had to save sewing projects gone wrong? Do you turn sour to the final product afterward?