Wonders never cease… black woven pants!

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Are you one of those people who avoids sewing things that seem super scary?  For some it’s zips, buttonholes, a lined jacket or welt pockets, for me it was sewing pants.  You might have guessed, it wasn’t the sewing aspect of pants that sent me into a mild panic, but getting pants to fit my unique body.  For reference, I would classify myself as a rectangle body shape (similar bust and hip measurements with very little waist definition) with a flat bottom!

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Last summer, with some fitting help at a sewing class, I learned about flat bottom adjustments while sewing some chambray shorts.  So with a sewing event looming (#melbournefrocktails) and not a lot of time on my hands, it seemed the perfect opportunity to sew my first pair of woven pants!

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StyleArc describes its Tully Pant as a 7/8th slim leg elastic ‘paper bag’ waist pant.  I particularly love the fact that it has an elastic waist with a flat front and ties for a bit of tummy camouflage.  I sewed a calico toile in the size that related to my hip measurement and then used the elastic measurement for the size above.  Much to my surprise and delight, the fit was good, so I set off with a smile from ear-to-ear in search of the perfect pant fabric.

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Now black is not a colour that I’ve ever sewn myself before, apart from a pair of leggings, but this viscose/linen blend (90% viscose and 10% linen) from The Cloth Shop was irresistible.  The fabric was the perfect weight, with excellent drape, and the touch of linen offered some texture.  Now I have first-hand experience with how hard black is to photograph!

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I didn’t make any changes to the fit, but I did lengthen the ties at the front (I wanted to be able to tie them in a bow), reduced the cuff length by 1.5″ (4cm) and I left off the pockets.  I’m notorious for leaving off pockets… particularly when I’m short on time.

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I think my next pair of Tully Pants will be in stripes.  Gabrielle‘s pair are so fabulous!

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Pattern:  StyleArc’s Tully Pant
Size:  8
Fabric:  90% viscose and 10% linen (sold out)
Alterations:  Lengthened the front ties by 5.5″ (14 cm), reduced the cuff length by 1.5″ (4cm), left off the pockets and added the elastic length for the size 10.
Outfit:  Me-made silk top, Jenny Kee silk scarf and shoes from Florsheim
Photo Location:  Eastern Suburbs and Parliament Gardens, Melbourne

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