Sunday, January 23, 2011

Close Fitting Pants and a Split Cowl Top

I had planned on starting my coat this week but I decided that all I could handle was something easier.

I've been wanting a pair of black leggings-like pants and I found just the fabric at
Fabricville. It's a heavy Rayon/Polyester/Lycra ponti knit .

I had to morphe together two patterns to get the look I wanted and these are the ones I used.





The Today's Fit V1034 jeans fit just right through the hips and thighs and the Anne Klein pattern had a side closure ,back darts and a plain front. To get the right ankle width I measured a pair of RTW skinny jeans that I own. I decided I would make them 12" wide at the ankle.I wish I had taken photos but what I did was to taper the legs from the knee down ,taking an equal amount from both the inseam and side seams.I also made sure that the Anne Klein pants had the rightn crotch depth which they did.



It's so hard to get a decent pants photo but here is what they look like on the bed.



and with flats.




I decided that I wanted the waistband to fit above my muffin top and added an inch to the length at about the middle of the upper front and back pieces. I had planned on an invisible zipper but the fabric is so stretchy that I realized they didn't need it. I sewed the regular (not contoured) waistband and then inserted some elastic through that.This is how they look.




I wanted another warm,cozy knit sweater like top ,this time in the same dark pink as my DD's Christmas gift. I wanted something different and got the idea to do a split cowl when I was taking pictures of this dress to add to my "A Few of my Favorite Things" section on my side bar.I no longer have that Burda pattern but found this one .



When I compared the pattern to the dress, I found that the dress was simply a longer version of the top. I measured the collar and decided to make it an inch deeper and to place it so it opened at the sleeve seam instead of the shoulder seam.Like this.



I joined the collar together on the inside a couple of inches so it would stand up better. ( The bee pin is by Joan Rivers bought at The Shopping Channel).



This top is almost tunic length and is a good partner for the narrow pants.



I've worn this outfit since this afternoon and I'm thinking the pants could have been a bit narrower. I want to make them again in brown so I'l adjust the pattern for a slimmer fit next time.




This week.,I'm hoping to feel well enough to start working on my coat.If not, there's another vest in the works out of this furry burnout stuff I just bought.

I hope you all had a restful weekend and that you found time to sew!

15 comments:

Dana said...

What a classy comfy outfit! My comfy outfits never look that good.

Jenny said...

Cute outfit! You look great! It looks so simple (a good thing), but the fabrics and fit are great.

Lori said...

Very classy outfit, you look terrific.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

This outfit looks really comfortable and cozy! Love the split neckline with the bee...btw I have a few of them too!

Gail said...

Great top and pants. I'd be interested in learning more about how you designed the spit cowl from that pattern.

Vicki said...

Very nice outfit. The pink is really pretty.

The Sewing Loft said...

I really like your outfit, especially the top.

Barb

velosewer said...

You look great. The top really is special. You can't go wrong with this style. The pants will be a great asset for a long time, I suspect.

gwensews said...

Terrific outfit! Love the color of that top, and it is a great color on you. Making pants that fit is always, always an accomplishment!

Audrey said...

This outfit is a winner. It looks great on you. I love the matching bee pin you used to add a little sparkle to the top

Sharon said...

A beautiful outfit which looks so comfy and polished.

Adrienne said...

I love that tunic!!!

Jane M said...

Can't decide which one I like better, the wonderfully fitting pants or the luscious color sweater!

Aminat said...

Nice combo...I love the tunic, the color is beautiful

Sue said...

Lovely outfit. Love the colour of the top and the split cowl.