Sunday, April 12, 2015

Now in Sunlight: Two pairs of Mimi G Simplicity 1283 pants

Gray Simplicity 1283 view C Mimi G pants in Gray
Gray pair, sewn today and photographed  in daylight!

Thanks for all your comments from yesterday's post!!

(To recap:  S1283 is the Holy Grail of knit pants patterns for pears; front crotch is amazing; all hail MimiG. I used exterior elastic instead of the recommended waistband and removed 5" at the knee.  No crying, no frustration.  I just sewed and they fit great!).

I loved the black pair so much that I cut and sewed a dark gray pair today, and did a photo shoot in the side yard before there were too many shadows so that you can see the fit better.

The gray pair

Gray Simplicity 1283 view C Mimi G pants in Gray
Yes, there are some wrinkles back there.  I'm not interested in doing a bunch of muslins to try to remove them, though.  Releasing some of my perfectionism and all that.
Gray Simplicity 1283 view C Mimi G pants in Gray
This pair is made from some really delightful gray ponte from Joann's, of all places.  It must have a lot of lycra in it.  Feels very beefy, substantial and comfy.  It is also slightly sparkly in sunlight which is unexpected and fun, though you can't tell from the photos.  It's fabric with personality.
Gray Simplicity 1283 View C Mimi G pants in gray

For this pair I used some fancy elastic from Pacific Trimming that I had in stash.  Looks more decorative than the elastic I used yesterday.  When I sew the crop top, I would lengthen it to hit just at this elastic.

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The hem is not straight across; it's curved.
For this pair I used my twin needle to hem instead of blind hemming it.

The black pair
Simplicity 1283 View C Mimi G pants in black ponte
Simplicity 1283 View C Mimi G pants in black ponte
Simplicity 1283 View C Mimi G pants in black ponte
Simplicity 1283 View C Mimi G pants in black ponte
Simplicity 1283 View C Mimi G pants in black ponte

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Butterick 6072 backpack

Today's photo shoot brought to you by my dying old point and shoot + 10 second timer + gorillapod + Rose of Sharon.
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Let me know if you're a pear and make these pants--I'd love to compare notes!  I'm looking forward to wearing both pairs at work this week as a test drive.

Thanks again MimiG!!!

Be well!

23 comments:

  1. Those pants fit beautifully! Can't wait to see them at PR LA. You will be able to wear them with just about everything. So happy that it is time for outdoor pics again!

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    1. Thanks Anna Christina!! It was pretty warm here today and a lot of people were out. I live next to a park and a random person waved at me as I set the timer to take pix!

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  2. Kyle you have hit an absolute gold mind with that pattern. Two pair in two days - Congrats!

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    1. Thanks Faye! It was so exciting I did little else today but focus on sewing the pants and taking the photos!!

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  3. Great fit Kyle! You've been productive! Can't wait to see you and your pants at PR Los Angeles! We met at PR San Francisco.

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    1. Hi Paulinakoss! It was one of those weekends where everything aligned just so! See you in LA!

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  4. It was a great day to be out and about taking pictures in your amazing new pants! So happy that this pattern worked so well for you. Ummm I see more ponte and more ponte pants in your future!

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    1. It felt so nice today, didn't it?
      Ponte is a love that runs deep, doesn't it?

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  5. They look fabulous! Absolutely don't worry about a couple of wrinkles--gonna wrinkle a bit when you move anyway.

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    1. Thanks Linda! I agree, there will be wrinkles regardless. I'm also curious to see if wrinkles form after sitting.

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  6. All hail your great pairs of pants Kyle.

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    1. All hail MimiG and Simpicity too!!

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  7. Perfect and looks great on you. I really like the decorative elastic for the grey one.

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    1. Thanks Sheila! I like the decorative elastic too! I got it at Pacific Trimming in NYC in person, but just ordered more of it online from their website.

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  8. I loved seeing your photoshoot set up! :). Oh, the lengths some of us have to go to. I'm glad my yard is fenced in. The neighbors can't see the insanity of it all. Oh.... And the pants.... Awesome!

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    1. Thanks Mainelydad! As for taking pix, there's more privacy in the back yard because there are evergreen trees, but I had waited too long and the backyard was already shadow filled. Usually I attach the gorillapod to a watering can in the backyard. :)

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  9. A fantastic pair of knit pants for sure! They look fabulous.

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    1. Thanks Shannon! So happy to have found this pattern!

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  10. Ooh they look great!!!!! Sadly the lack of availability of sewing patterns in Canada has hugely curtailed my pattern buying but these are worth looking at twice! Why didn't I pick up that pattern when you did?!

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    1. Hey Connie! Hee!!! I'm sure you can pick them up in Sept if you go back the ASE.

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  11. Holy grail of knit pants indeed--the fit is fantastic! They look ultra comfortable, but they're so sleek.

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    1. Exactly! It's like wearing yoga pants, but they look classier!

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  12. These look great. I've had this pattern since it came out. I guess it's time to try it now. I am a pear I guess.

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