Hope the weather is treating you well. In southern California, we've been lucky enough to enjoy warmer days and cooler evenings lately. As I type this, I'm listening to the birds sing and the leaves flutter on my Mulberry tree. The 3 tier pond in my backyard is bubbling away. This is what heaven sounds like-peaceful and serene. I live in southern California, but am not in Los Angeles. I'm far from it, actually. We live on a quiet dirt road. I don't hear cars drive by. No basketballs bouncing in a nearby driveway. I do however hear the occasional dirt bikes ride up and down the hills.
I love where I live. I'm thankful every day for the beautiful things and landscape that surrounds me.
On that note, I'd like to introduce you to my close friend and brilliant photographer, Erica. She is the owner of Desert Sky Studio, a southern California photography business.
You either have it, or you don't
You know the saying, you either have it or you don't, Erica has it. And she has a whole lot of it! She takes beautiful pictures of people and places. I was fortunate enough to have her take some pictures of me in my new pants. If you're local to southern California, check her out at www.desertskystudio.com. She does weddings, portraits, families, and more. Erica has taken photos of my kids in the past and I couldn't ask for an easier person to work with.
So, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let me walk you through Simplicity's pants pattern 8243 a.k.a. my favorite pair of pants.
This pattern was easy to cut. Easy to sew. I had zero fit issues as well. How often does that happen, you ask? Um... never!
I bought the pattern on sale a few years ago, and it's been in my stash along with this fabulous tweed. I made this pair of pants at the end of winter but, was able to squeeze a few wears out of them before summer hit. I live in the high desert and our weather can be finicky.
These pants are wide legged and high waisted. They are perfect for any 1940's fashion-loving gal. The pattern 8243 has a shirt pattern I have not tried yet.
I did not prewash the fabric first because tweed is made with wool fibers. I planned on dry cleaning these after a few wears. One thing I did not think about before I made them was the fact that they are made with tweed which can be itchy. The fibers don't bother me at all, luckily. Although next time I sew with tweed, I'll make a lining. Eeep!!
This post isn't a step by step tutorial, but more of a simple guideline. I didn't take photos every step of the way, but hopefully, there are enough photos to inspire you to make a pair.
Gather your sewing tools and let's get started.
Cut out the pattern pieces according to your measurements. For pants, I always stick with the waist measurement. I don't have hips, so that's not an issue.
I stabilize anything that will need interfacing at this point as well.
Sew the darts on both front and back pieces.
Sew your stay stitching along the top.
Now, apply your invisible zipper. This always feels wonky to me. I use my chalk pen to mark the zipper tape. When I sew the other side, I match my markings and I get a seamless invisible zip every. Single. Time. #sewinghack
Pins will be your best friend with all zippers. I pull mine out at the last minute. It also helps to line the zipper up with the edge of the fabric.
Once your zipper is in, it's time to sew up the crotch seam. You're going to sew the inseam area first. Again, pins are your friend here.
After you sew up the front and back inseam, trim your seam allowances. I used pinky shears for this pair. They have a nostalgia feel, so I didn't serge them. I also trimmed the crotch seam to create less bulk.
The pattern has you sew the outer seams and pockets in one swoop. I started following the instructions, but then went rogue. I like to clip the inside corner of my pockets to allow them to move freely inside the pant leg.
After the side seams are sewn up, it's time for the waistband. We're almost done! Woohoo!!
I marked with chalk where I needed to fold over the waistband seam. Attach the waistband to enclose the raw edge.
Try the pants on and mark where you want your hem to be. I had my husband help with this part. My worst fear is having uneven hemmed pant legs. Ahhh, the horror!!
Give it a once over press and then apply the hook and eye. I cut the waistband a tad short, but was still able to finagle it. The hook and eye worked beautifully. I hand sewed that portion while I sat in the car waiting for after-school pickup.
I wanted to wear these pants to a birthday party on the same night.
Oh, the sewing life. Am I right?
Overall, the pattern was easy to make. The tweed I chose has a few colored fibers going on. They are brown or green depending on the light. So, I do find it difficult to find a matching top. I love the fit and love how easy they were to make.
Have you made these pants? Is the pattern in your stash or on your list to purchase? I definitely recommend sewing these for a quick project. I see more pairs of these in my future. Yay!
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Hi there, I love eating and sewing. I usually have a cup of coffee or tea with me, but not next to my machine. I'd probably spill it. I'm the reason we can't have nice things.