Summer pants complete!

The summer pants I’ve been planning and making are finally done! I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out. They are so wide legged they border on costumey, and I felt kind of weird wearing them to work. But they are so comfortable on a hot day, and they make me feel like the star of a black and white movie.

I followed the instructions I posted last month to draft the pattern for the legs. The waist band is just a strip of fabric 4″ wide and about 50″ long, and a lining with the same dimensions. I sewed them together (right sides in) along all four sides, leaving an unsewn gap as long as my waist in the middle of one long side, turned it right side out, and sewed that hole to the top of the pants, beginning and ending at the side zipper.

The dark gray chambray was the perfect fabric. It’s lighter weight than most pants, which gives it a nice drape and makes them very comfortable on hot days. If you wanted to make pants like these with a heavier fabric you would have to make the legs quite a bit narrower, since a stiffer fabric would stand out further from the leg.

If you want your own and don’t want to make them, they are available in my store. If you’d rather make them yourself, I’m happy to answer any questions about what I did!

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11 Responses to Summer pants complete!

  1. Emma says:

    They look lovely on you and I really like the sash tie at the waist. Bravo!

  2. Kala says:

    Beautiful and they look great on you:)

  3. Melody says:

    They do look rather like they popped out of a movie from the 50s :) But cute :)

  4. melissa says:

    those look amazingly comfy!

  5. Alex says:

    do you think you could do a tutorial on how you did these? i didn’t really get the instructions in the book… please? :)

  6. Charlotte says:

    Hi, love these! Just wondering how many yards/metres of fabric you needed to make these? And what type of fabric is best? A stretchy type, or a more rigid type? Thank you, your blog is wonderful for someone just starting out on making clothing! :)

    • naomi says:

      I’m glad you’re finding the blog helpful! I believe I used 3 yards of 60″ fabric to make these. Larger sizes or 45″ fabric would need more. This is a light weight woven (not stretch) fabric called chambray. It’s the same stuff denim shirts are made of. I think these pants would look good in anything light weight – a stretchy knit or a soft silk would be nice for lounge pants. More generally, fabrics intended for shirts (which will probably be shelved together) will work well, while quilting cotton and fabrics intended for pants will be too stiff and make the legs poof out.

  7. Laura Petrey says:

    Chambray & denim are 2 different weaves. Denim is from Nim and chambray from Chambray.

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