Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Narrow Pants – Marfy 0913 & Jalie 2682

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This is what I wore on Thursday of the Textile Symposium.

This pattern (Marfy #0913) turned out to be 'the one' for the narrow pants I was looking for, as far as I'm concerned. It's one of the free patterns included with the 2009 catalog, and is for woven pants, with a zipper, back darts, and a faced waistband. I used knit fabric, a blue mystery knit for the first pair, and a brown ponte knit for the second.

I added 4" in length for the blue pair, 2" above the knee, and 2" below. For the brown pair, I added another 2" below the knee, and did a straight hem instead of the curved vent. I think I might like the curved vent with a little more length, so I may try it. For the brown pair, I actually added another inch for a hem allowance, and so they're really great with heels, but I wore them with flats for the Symposium, so I just turned up the hem, with looked much like a cuff since I'd topstitched the hem both at the hem edge, and at the lower edge.

On both pairs I did a Hollywood waistband without a zipper, but still using the back darts. I didn't have to cut the waist straight from the hip since the knit has plenty of stretch, and in fact I ended up taking about 3" out of the CF at the waist, tapering to the crotch.

I used Ann Rowley's Flat Seat Adjustment, and re-did it for a little more flatness on the second pair.

I added side-seam pockets on the second pair, which will be automatic in future, I think. I should have put them in the blue pair too, but I've been wearing them with my fleece vest, which has lots of pockets anyway.

The knit top with the blue pants is Jalie #2682, lengthened. I really like how it turned out, especially with the fleece vest which was the perfect color all around. I had thought of making a brown vest from the ponte knit, and making it cropped, but I'm not sure how that would look. What do you all think? I remember a very cropped jacket a few years ago (Vogue pattern?) that stopped just below the armscye, and definitely above the bust point. I like the idea of that, but I'm afraid it would look really strange. It wouldn't take much fabric to try it I guess....

Here are the brown pants again with an older Jalie 2005 Tee. It was the right color for the Collar and Cuff set.
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This is what I wore on Saturday of the Textile Symposium.
Friday I wore my Burda WOF ruched 'twirly' skirt and blouse. It was definitely the right venue to wear interesting things, as everyone else was wearing interesting things too, and we were all interested.


Melodye said...

Thanks for the update on the symposium, but I really wanted to say, you look gorgeous. Positively glamorous!

Melodye said...

Thanks for the update on the symposium, but the real comment is that you look gorgeous. Positively glamorous!

Gail said...

The straight pants work well on you, combined with the longer tunic it looks comfortable and elegant. Your skirt is also very interesting.

karin said...

What´s a Hollywood waistband?

Liana said...

Thank you everyone!

Karin, A Hollywood waistband is an elastic waistband that doesn't look like an elastic waistband when you wear it. In a woven fabric you usually still need a zipper or something to let you get into the pants (or skirt) but with a knit, I didn't.

My Hollywood Waistband

Pam Erny has great instructions for this too. She calls it the Comfy Waistband.

Maggie said...

You look very nice in the slim pants. Stylish!

Summerset said...

You look great - you certainly have the figure to wear those skinny pants! It certainly is fun to have a venue to wear the artsy stuff to.

Cindy said...

Love the slim pants, a flattering style for you and comfy to boot. You have inspired me to give them a try.

gwensews said...

You wear those slim pants very well. You have a nice, slim body for them. I remember your rushed skirt, and totally love that!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

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