New project – tailored “Party Pant”

mum's sewing cupboard
mum's sewing cupboard

When I was visiting my family in Australia last month  I spent couple of days back in my country town of Walcha. My home in Walcha fills me with very fond memories and this little impromptu visit gave me a chance to affectionately rummage through my mum’s sewing cupboard and see if there was anything I could “borrow” and add to my own “sewing studio” in London.

What I love most about this cupboard is the vast array zippers  and fabric of all lengths and colours, patterns and bits and bobs carefully packed into the small shelves and drawers.  I can remember clothing being made for me out of the fabric still in here. My mum didn’t like to throw any fabric away, believing it could be used later in another garment. I didn’t borrow any fabric, though I did find a few patterns which I liked the look of.

retro tailored trousers and shorts
retro tailored trousers and shorts

Here is one of the patterns that I have borrowed. It may have been purchased in the 80’s, though I’m unable to find a specific date on the pattern- I  just love the shorts with long socks look – very much a 70’s- 80’s style

I’ll be using this pattern as a starting point for my new project –  tailored  “Party Pant”.

Green “Party Pant” for sale

I have just completed my second pair of “Party Pant” for my Esty shop !

green yellow pink party pant
green yellow pink African print "party pant"

This unique pair of casual unisex trousers, referred to as “Party Pant” have been made out African wax print cotton fabric with pink and yellow geometric shapes on a green background.

Made with an elastic waist and drawstring, 2 front pockets and French seams throughout for additional strength.  The fabric has been pre-washed to prevent shrinkage and colour run.

pocket drawstring green pink yellow pant
pocket and drawstring

These are for perfect festivals, lounging around the house and everywhere in between !

Size – M

Price – GBP 15 plus postage. 1 currently available (unless a made to size order is placed)
measurements
waist (unstretched): 71cm (28inches)
waist (stretched):  102cm (40inches)
top of waist to hem: 107cm (42inches)
width of pant at hem: 55cm (21.5inches)

I would like to hear your comments either via my blog or my Esty page. http://www.etsy.com/shop/naomikay Thanks

 

Orange “Party Pant” for sale

I have completed my first pair of “Party Pant” which will be for sale in my Esty shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/naomikay

 

orange and black swirls party pant. Size S

This pair of casual unisex trousers, referred to as “Party Pant” have been made out African wax print cotton fabric with orange and black swirls on a white background.

Made with an elastic waist and drawstring, 2 front pockets and French seams throughout for additional strength.  The fabric has been pre-washed to prevent shrinkage and colour run.

 

pocket orange party pant
pocket, waistband and drawstring

These “Party Pant” are designed to sit on either the waist or hips and are for perfect festivals, lounging around the house and everywhere in between !

Size – Small

Purchase for  £15.00 plus postage, 1 currently available  (unless a made to size order is placed)

measurements

waist (unstretched): 66cm (26inches)

waist (stretched):  86cm (34inches)

top of waist to hem: 104cm  (41inches)

“Party Pant” for Etsy

This week I have been working on 2 pairs of “party pant” to sell in my shop on the Etsy website. The trousers are not yet finished, but here are some photos of the fabric I’m using and some steps in the construction.

orange african print swirl stitching
Stitching the side seam
green pink african print pockets
double stitching the pocket
sewing machine and party pant
my sewing machine and 2 party pant fabrics

Be sure to take a look at my shop on Etsy  http://www.etsy.com/shop/naomikay

Dylan’s “Party Pant”

Dylan's party pant
Dylan's "Party Pant" as worn at Brick Lane

I mentioned earlier in the month that I had recieved my first order for “Party Pant”. It was on Thursday that I completed the finishing touches – drawstring and hem and gave the “Party Pant” to Dylan for his birthday. He was rather delightled with his unique present!

A group of us were out last night having a curry in Brick Lane, London and I was happy to see that Dylan was wearing his very cool and colourful “Party Pant”. I just had to get a snap shot of me and Angus with Dylan.

I used a Simplicity trousers pattern – unisex, multi size drawstring and elastic waist with 2 front pockets. For the construction, as I do not own an overlocker I used French seams throughout on these “Party Pant” so no unfinshed fabric edges can be seen.

In August I hope to provide a photo tutorial of using french seams in everyday garment construction – A french seam is a seam that is stitched twice, first on the right side of the fabric and then on the wrong side, enclosing the first seam.