I have a personal rule that track pants are not to be worn beyond the letterbox (unless, of course, legitimate exercise is taking place). So it’s really fun to have something as effortless as track pants without the ‘I’ve given up on life’ look.
While these pants are a little louder than I’m accustomed to (and it’s why they’ve sat in the wardrobe for a few months), with the addition of fun red heels and a racer back top, I finally get it. Like a lightbulb has just switched on. Patterned pants are fun and sassy and bold … maybe even sophisticated. Yes, I could get used to this.
These are the Anima Pants by Papercut Patterns. To me the name sounds like Enema Pants. Yeah. Like Book Depository where I always think of Book Suppository. But I digress.
This is a beautiful pattern to work with. The pockets come together easily and are fixed along the top at the waistband, so you won’t have them moving around during wear. It is designed for knit fabrics, so if you wish to use woven fabric, it’s advisable to size up in the waist and hips. This is a surprisingly quick make and a good pattern for beginners to tackle with no zips or buttonholes to sew, featuring instead a false fly (don’t panic, it’s easy!) and elastic waist.
I’ve made the pair with no cuffs, sized up for the woven (non-stretch) fabric and took in the side seams of each leg for a tapered ankle.
The fabric is just polyester and (thankfully) has less static than I had expected, but won’t crease with wear like some natural fabrics.
Do I Recommend It?
Oh, and heels with these pants are a must for outings beyond the letterbox, just for some extra attitude ;)
I initially started this refashion seven months ago, but shoved it in a cupboard when I couldn’t make it work. Thankfully the space helped me do a rethink. Continue reading
I love it when family and friends clean out their wardrobes. I can’t help but hover like a seagull at a picnic. So when a family member offered me these pants, I swooped.
After a few weeks of wearing my “new” jeans, a metal button suddenly fell off the front!
Luckily I was home at the time so I avoided any awkward moments. Continue reading
Thankfully I saw this photo on Pinterest a while back. My jeans were worn through and the holes were getting bigger by the day. Continue reading
*sigh*. Well, another valuable sewing lesson learned. Fortunately (or should that be unfortunately?), the only thing lost was my time and a little sanity.
The idea was to take an old pair of Hubby’s pants and by keeping the existing fly and button, create a cool pair of pants for our Little Man. Would’ve been a quick way to convert pants, that’s for sure.
The problem is, that the fly required for a grown man is, quite obviously, larger than that required by a 2 year old. Duh. So the finished product was hugely bulky in the crotch and made my gorgeous toddler look … um, let’s just say, extremely well endowed. It was weird.
The other issue was that I had to force Little Man into them so many times to try get the right fit, that now whenever he sees them, a look of sheer determination comes over his face and there is no chance of me ever getting him into them again. Hence the photo of the pants lying flat rather than lovingly modeled.
So I’m totally over these pants. Don’t want to look at them ever again. Hello rubbish bin.
However, This Mama Makes Stuff has a fantastic tutorial (intermediate level) in making slim slacks for boys and she gets around that crotch issue well. It does involve recreating the pants a little more than I had hoped, but the end result is totally wearable so well worth the extra time.
I haven’t made these yet, but next time I refashion pants for my lad, this will be my go-to.
After making myself a pair of tights, I decided Poppet also needed some to go with her dresses. It was also a great way to whittle down the t-shirts in my huge “upcycling stash”. Continue reading