Black and White Floral Harem Pants- Simplicity 8393

One of my pledges to myself for Me Made May was to use whatever patterns and fabrics that I already have in my stash. So far, I’ve done a good job. Every item that I’ve sewn this month was made from fabric leftover from other projects.

My theme this month is “Bottoms”. I’ve been in a little bit of a sewing funk lately. So I’ve been focusing on bottoms with elasticated waists since they’re fairly easy and I’m able to encourage myself to work on it. Plus, sewing is my therapy and creating helps me feel better. I think I’m slowly getting my mojo back.

I recently finished this pair of black and white floral pants using Simplicity 8393. I had just enough fabric to make a pair of pants. The fabric I used was a rayon woven that I purchased from L.A. Finch Fabrics. I bought the end of the bolt (about 4.5 yards) and I was able to make these pants and a sundress. Simplicity 8910: A Black and White Floral Spring Sundress

I made two modifications to the pattern. First, I shortened the length due to my short height. Second, I added elastic at the bottom to make them harem pants. To add the elastic, I made a casing by folding up the end of the pants to fit elastic that is 3/8 wide.

The pants have pockets and an elasticated waist with a casing. The casing holds elastic that is 1 1/4 inches wide. I really like the look of the wide waistband. I think it has a nice, clean look, especially if you like to tuck in your shirts. The pants are pretty roomy and have plenty of ease which I was surprised about because based on how the model wore it on the envelope, I thought the pants would fit a little more slim. I picked the envelope and finished garment measurements that best matched my measurements, but they still ended up wide. I later did some research on the pattern and found more pictures of the model wearing the pants and they are wide pants after all.

These pants are super comfy. I feel like I’m wearing PJ bottoms. Secret pajamas…Now those are my kind of pants!

Happy Sewing!


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