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.

 

Cute little skirt

cute skirt with pockets
"party skirt"

I used the following website as a tutorial for this “Milk Maid” skirt.
http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/2009/11/milkmaid-skirt-tutorial.html
The use of bias binding on the pockets and around the hem is fantastic – as well as being contrasting in colour, it was easy to apply. I did try and make my own bias binding; however is was rather difficult and so much easier to buy !!
The tutorial was easy to follow, and I feel confident that I could make another one of these skirts in about 2 hours.
I really love this skirt – it’s very comfortable, the pockets are a good size and the African print design is bright and colourful.

I have modified this pattern and have made a similar skirt for sale on Etsy – May 2012 – http://www.etsy.com/listing/99392888/elastic-waist-skirt-with-front-pockets