#isewlation2020 : Japanese sarouel pants
It goes without saying that 2020 was quite the year.
Here in Melbourne we endure two lengthy lockdowns. During those lockdowns I was quite productive with my sewing, but without being able to see my bestie Sharon, blog posts were put to one side. I therefore have a lot of blogging to catch-up on, so I’m starting a #isewlation2020 blog series to share with you all my 2020 makes. A very big thanks to Cris Woods Sews for creating the #isewlation2020 hashtag on Instragram… it was a great way to connect with sewists around the world.
Since it’s #sewjapaneseinjanuary at the moment, I’ll firstly catch you up on my makes from Japanese sewing books. Last May, I sewed a pair of Japanese Straight Cut Sarouel Pants from “Happy Homemade Vol 1 – Treasured Collection” by Yoshiko Tsukiori. This is one of a handful of Japanese sewing books that has been translated into English.
Rather than using a woven fabric, I opted for a viscose knit. I thought it might conceal a little bit of the volume and drop crotch action. Maybe I was wrong?
When tracing the pattern I nearly came unstuck. I failed to see the very clear ‘add an additional 5cm (2″) when adding seam allowances’ and it was only when I was cutting out the pattern pieces and things weren’t adding up, that I returned to the pattern sheet and realised my error. Thankfully I hadn’t cut into my fabric.
Construction was shared between my sewing machine and overlocker. I left off the pockets as I didn’t feel they would suit my jersey fabric or be fun to sew.
My aim here was to make some comfy loungewear. I can confirm that these are very comfortable and are worn to bed and around the house, but not out-and-about.
I’m going to leave this pattern for now and try StyleArc’s Palermo Knit Pants for my next adventure in drop-crotch pants.
Pattern: Pattern L – Straight-Cut Sarouel Pants from “Happy Homemade Vol 1 – Treasured Collection” by Yoshiko Tsukiori.
Size: I think there are just three sizes in this pattern (apologies I don’t currently have the book to hand) and I believe I made the middle size.
Fabric: Black viscose knit from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: I left off the pockets.
Outfit: Boots from Obus, jumper from Gorman and cowl designed & knitted by me.
Photo Location: Warrnambool
I made these pants from this book a few years ago – also out of a knit – and I used them as PJ pants for a while. I didn’t like the look on me.
I did consider remaking them without the gusset, but decided it was just time move past this pattern.