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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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Gingham Cropped Pants- Simplicity 8841

I’m slowly getting my sewing mojo back. I recently finished cropped pants with cargo pockets using Simplicity 8841. The fabric I used was a tropical gingham suiting that I purchased from Fabric.com.

Simplicity 8841 is described as easy to sew, which is very true. It was very easy to put together. There are two options for the pants which are a wide or a slim leg design. There is an option for a tie belt and an option for cargo pockets. Both the wide and the slim leg pants are available in two lengths- cropped or long.

I made the slim cropped length with cargo pockets. The only modification that I made was the length for the cropped pants since I am short. The cropped pants have a cuffed leg. The pants are supposed to be slim leg but on me, they look more like wide leg pants. I think next time, I will figure out how to taper the pants at the end. It’s also possible that, although my measurements match the recommended size as well as the finished garment size, I can actually make the next size down. There’s plenty of ease. So that might also solve the issue of the wide leg.

The waist is elasticized. The casing at the waist holds a one inch elastic.

These pants are very comfortable. I plan to make another pair in the future. I would like to make the same view for the slim leg design also with the cargo pockets but in a lighter, more flowy fabric. Maybe in linen.

Happy Me Made May!

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Simple Green Linen Shorts for Me Made May

I lost my sewing mojo this month, just in time for Me Made May. That’s ok, because I decided that I will do more reflecting and less sewing this month. It will help me appreciate my sewing journey. I do want to sew a few things this month if I can muster the energy. So I encouraged myself to sew something simple. I made green linen shorts.

I used an easy pattern by McCall’s. It’s McCall’s 6843. I purchased it in 2016 and just recently cut into it. It’s a very easy pattern to sew together. It took me 2 hours to complete this project. Can’t beat that!

McCall’s 6843 includes options for short shorts, long shorts, cropped pants and long pants. I made the short shorts. It has pockets. I realize that every time I say or write that, that I might be seriously obsessed with pockets.

For these green linen shorts, I used some leftover fabric that I had from a recent dress that I made. I only needed 7/8 of a yard to make these shorts. What a great fabric buster. The shorts are very comfortable. The waist has 3 casings for the elastic, although I decided to only make 2 casings. It gives it a nice look.

This month’s theme for May is “bottoms”. I decided on my usual number of five items to plan on completing. Here are the patterns I chose:

I bought most of these patterns in 2016. The only new pattern that I purchased recently (as in this year) is Simplicity 8841. It’s also the pattern that I am most excited about making. I like the cropped pants. I like how the pockets are on the outside.

Butterick 5893 is a pattern for very wide leg pants or shorts. I’ve used this pattern once before. I made black linen wide leg pants which I modified to make as cropped pants. The pants are very wide legged. Simplicity 1069 is a pattern for high waisted pants, shorts or skirts. It’s the only pattern in my plans that involves a zipper. The rest have elasticated waists. Simplicity 8393 is a pattern for wide, long pants with a slit on the side or without a slit. I’m not too excited about the slit on the side. I don’t think it’s quite my style. So I think I’ll make the regular pants without the slit.

We will see how May goes. I can’t seem to get my sewing mojo back. I’m in a little bit of a funk. Sewing (and creating) always helps me. It’s like my therapy. So I should try to encourage myself to make something.

For now, I am enjoying the Instagram Me Made May posts on my sewing community Instagram. It’s so inspiring!

Happy Me Made May and Happy Sewing!