First- I’m sorry for once again dropping off the radar. I tend to do that, despite my many avowals not to, but it seems only right to apologize for just disappearing. It’s all because I said something about blogging “two on, one off.” Then after weeks of doing just that, I got blogging block. Jinx. I’m not depressed, or sick, or disenchanted with blogging or sewing, in fact it’s rather the opposite. I just don’t know what to write about at the moment because so much is going on in my life. I’ll have some very cool news to share very soon…
Also the Hack in polar fleece is on its way. I just had a hiccup with sourcing a separating zipper in the correct color and length. I’m sorry!
After “cracking” the fit on Colette’s Clovers, I felt I needed to take the concept of pants to the opposite extreme. I’m not going to lie, I really don’t feel comfortable in skinny-leg pants. I gave them a good try for a few weeks, but I just don’t reach for them when I need to dress. I also don’t own many tunic-y tops, and I don’t really want to make a bunch of tops just so I can wear them with one pair of pants I don’t particularly enjoy wearing. Nothing at all against those who love them, please be my guest, but I don’t love the “skinny leg” cut. If anyone wants the teal Clovers from no-wale stretch cotton cord, email me and I’ll tell you the dimensions. If we’re close you can have them for postage with my blessing.
I *do* reach for my wide-leg pants constantly (and the Pinkies, but they’re boot cut). I have a pair of ancient black linen ones made from Simplicity 4044 as well as a pair inspired by Jean Ross in organic cotton canvas and red linen ones, both made from Wearing History’s Smooth Sailing pattern. I wanted to try them in denim, and I wanted to make the legs as wide as possible.
So, of course, I made a Pinterest board of “Antidote” Trousers. The antidote to skinnies. I found some great modern and vintage inspiration, though “wide” seems to mean one of several types. There’s “wide”: (as always in photo posts, click for source)
And then there’s “REALLY WIDE”:
And finally, there’s a “Giant Pants of the 30’s” Tumblr. I kid you not, great photos.
I went with this draft by Harriet Pepin, craving the widest hems possible. (If you like sharp-tongued drafting instructors, or if you’re interested in vintage pattern drafting, do check out Modern Pattern Drafting.) My first draft was WIIIIIIDE. Each hem was wider than my hips. I “toned it down” for the second draft, with legs slightly narrower than my hip measurement, and I added some cool seaming:
I ask you, stylish and truthful readers- How Wide Is Too Wide? I like these while I’m wearing them. I like the way they move, I like the details, I like how they lengthen and balance my figure. I like the pockets, they’re made like the ones from Chanel’s Eminently Practical Collection.
But then in some pictures, or when I’m standing a certain way, I kind of feel like a teenage Goth kid who blew their allowance on weird pants at Hot Topic. Or like I’m wearing extra-long culottes. I haven’t quite finished these jeans because I can’t decide about the width. Do help me out so I can slap on the buttons! They’re copper and very, very cute.
What do you think? How wide is too wide for you?