It’s gotten chilly in Vegas.
I spent the last week hosting a big family Thanksgiving dinner, which was wonderful and went a million times more smoothly than I could have ever expected. Unfortunately, during the festivities, our heater broke. It has since been fixed (thank goodness for appliance warranties!) but for a few days, it was pretty cold inside. Luckily, I had a little foresight. When it got down to 40 degrees outside and wind started knocking over patio furniture, I decided that I should probably make some pants.
Until about two weeks ago, I was pretty much living in running tights and leggings because I only own one pair of jeans these days, and they fit terribly. I still had the two pairs of linen pants I made a couple of years ago, but one pair was tucked away and the other has a little too low a rise these days. That pair has been seam ripped to add a more useful waistband and update the shape of the leg, and the other pair is out of storage and back in regular rotation.
And then I made this pair!
I decided to buy a pattern this time since my weight has gone down since I last made pants (20 pounds since August!!), and I wanted a slimmer leg without having to put the effort into shaping it. Since I liked the Colette pattern for the Wren dress, I decided to give another of their patterns a go. I chose the Seamwork Moji pants because they were simple, cute, affordable, and accessible. I wish I could say I made them exactly as the pattern was written, but I didn’t. For starters, I used 1 1/2″ elastic instead of a drawstring in the waist. I know my hips. A drawstring would absolutely not work. I also discovered that, according to my dear friend Ariel, my “knees must be skinny!” When I sewed the leg seams, for whatever reason, it appeared like the knees ballooned out bigger than the thighs. They weren’t actually bigger than the thighs, but they seriously looked ridiculous. I graded the seams in near the knee area by at least an inch on each seam, and the problem was fixed.
And, because I’m apparently terribly predictable, I made them in linen.
I’m also really happy to report that I’ve lost enough weight (duh! 20 pounds makes a pretty huge difference) to fit into my favorite sweater! I got this 100% cashmere beauty for $7 on clearance seven years ago and haven’t fit into it, really, in five years. And it looks great with my new pants!
Now I just need to work on some seasonally appropriate footwear!