Well, we've made it to the bottoms! I made 3 pants for this capsule and am very pleased with all three pairs. They are all in heavy rotation in my daily wardrobe, which I call a definite win.
First, we'll discuss the two pairs of Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns. If you are at all familiar with the independent sewing pattern scene, you have heard of this pattern. It took the sewing world by storm and literally looks fantastic on everyone. These two pairs are just the newest in my current 5 pair collection. I love this pattern and have tweaked the fit a little more with each iteration. Basically, the next pair I make will be the absolute perfect pair of pants. Closet Case has also just released a pair of stretch trousers drafted from the same block that I am dying to try!
I have been wanting a pair of flare jeans for awhile now, but just hadn't gotten around to making myself a pair. This Fall was finally that time. While Closet Case does offer a flare extension pack, I simply used my higher rise skinny pattern and added two inches on each side of the hem and graded to nothing at the knee. Basically, a pretty easy pattern alteration for a big effect. They are made in a Cone Mills denim from my stash, which makes them pretty perfect. If you have not heard of Cone Mills denim it is top of the line denim. Their S-Gene line has the perfect amount of stretch and doesn't bag out at the knees or bum at all. I can say this with absolute confidence as my pairs last many, many wears before needing a wash!
After making the flares, I really had the jeans making bug, so I dug back into my fabric stash and grabbed some "off-black" Cone Mills denim to make another pair of high rise skinny jeans. These are, by far, my most comfortable pair. On all previous versions I used the same stable cotton that I used for the pockets for the waistband facing to reduce bulk. However, I ran out of my Liberty scraps for this pair so I threw caution to the wind and used the same denim for the facing. Guys, I should have been doing this the whole time. Because this denim has such fabulous stretch recovery, it just gives these jeans a stretchy and super comfortable waist. It never bags out, but moves with my body. I will definitely be going this route with future pairs!
For my final pair of pants, I wanted something different from the jeans. When I was choosing fabric for my knit dress from Emma One Sock, they kindly suggested this denim as a color match and who am I to argue? This was the only other new fabric purchase I made for this capsule. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived (per usual with all my EOS orders). It is thinner than my Cone Mills denim, but perfect for some trousers.
These were the last thing I made for this capsule because I had a really hard time deciding on a pattern. Had Closet Case released their newest Sasha trousers, I would have snapped that up in a heartbeat, but, alas, I was a couple months too early. I really wanted something more "trouser" and less "jeans". I can't for the life of me remember where I read or heard about the cigarette pants from "Gertie Sews Vintage Casual", but my ears perked up because I already owned the book. I decided to give these a go and I am very glad to say how much I like them. They are very comfortable and I find the faced waist much more comfortable than a waistband. That said, I have two complaints. The first is that I can't keep the facing inside the pants even though it's been understitched and tacked down in numerous places. Any recommendations or tips would be greatly appreciated! The second issue is the back zipper. While I was really excited to do a zipper in the back because it's so different, it causes one unforeseen issue - I am constantly zipping my underwear into the zipper. This causes some serious issues when trying to use the restroom, especially when you are trying to get it down! The lesson here is that I need either a side zip or front zip in all pants going forward. I am clearly not chic enough to pull off a back zipper.
There you have it! My three newest pairs of pants. For the final post, I'll be going over my self-drafted blazer and doing a quick round-up.