Monday, February 23, 2015

Fancy Sweat Pants

I have been seeing all sorts of casual pants that look as comfy as sweatpants but in a little more stylish fabric.  They seem to be quite the trend and as I have never been one for going out in sweatpants but do like to be comfortable, I figured I would give them a shot.

First, I needed to find a pattern that suited my needs.  While I was in Afghanistan, I saw Pattern Anthology advertising its 8 Days a Week collection and Go To Patterns had a knit pant pattern included.  Pattern found.

The pattern actually has three different styles of knit pant; a legging, yoga pant, and a baggy pant with ribbing at the ankles.  I opted for view B, the baggy pant with ribbing.

Next, I had to pick some fabric.  I wanted something fairly fancy.  At first I had in mind some sort of luxurious cream colored knit.  But I could not find that.  Have you ever imagined a project and then can't actually find the right fabric to fit that mental picture? I only have one fabric store here and I was not willing to wait for something to be shipped to Alaska so I tried to open my mind to other options.

pattern review: Go To knit pant

I then found a grey knit with silver brocade-like printing on it.  The weight of the knit was just heavy enough for pants, so I thought they could work pretty good.

The pants require a 2 inch elastic for the waist band. So, while you are at the fabric store trying to find your perfect fabric, you will need to find that too.  But finding the perfect fabric is the hardest part of sewing these pants.  They were quick and simple to put together.

pattern review

I like the look of the pants, but I am not really sure if I have found the right top to wear with them. And, I will make them out of a heavier weight knit when I make them again.  And probably not choose a fabric that is so hard to find a coordinating top for.

What do you think?  What type of top would work with these?

pattern review

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  1. I love these! Sneaky comfort, very clever! They are pretty neutral, so it seems like it would go with almost anything contrasting. Don't you think? Though cream works well, too. And black! Great job!

  2. They look comfortable and great! I have been wanting to try that pattern-it's on my list.


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