Saturday, January 7, 2017

Crazy. Floral. Pants! Jalie Eleonore 3461

Oh hey!  Happy New Year!

Normally I blog all my makes in order, but today I want to skip ahead to what I made at the tail end of my vacation time.  I'm sure you can understand why...
Soooo....when I bought the Jalie pattern to make the red jeans for PR weekend Chicago, the cover picture included floral pants.  I am normally a solids and textures kind of gal.  Not really into the florals.
My New Years Eve included sewing and sugar.

However, there was something about this combination of slim legged pants and florals on the cover that made me want Crazy. Floral. Pants!!!

I wanted a smaller scale floral in stretch twill or denim, and this fabric from Kashi (Metro Textiles) in Sept fit the bill.

I made them just like the red pants but with functional front pockets, see below.  They went together pretty quick, though I basted them together first just in case, as this fabric seems slightly less stretchy than the other fabrics I've used, but they turned out to be fine...though in the calves I used 1/4" SA instead of 3/8" to grant some extra room.

They grew a little in the thigh as I wore them during the day, and maybe a little in the waist too.  I'm probably going to leave it as-is.  For the first time ever, one of my "Vacuuming the Lawn" labels was scratchy and driving me crazy so I'm probably going to remove it or sew over the scratchy edge with a satin stitch or something....

I added functional front pockets to this version.  It is really easy to draft the pieces, though next time I will make them deeper.  I already had the basics of front pocket construction down as I had taken Jennifer Stern's professional jeans construction class at the ASE.
I was lucky to have this salmon colored poly blend broadcloth from ~20 years ago in my stash to use as the pocket lining.

I pattern matched the back pockets, which is a super easy thing to do as no seams are involved.
I traced the pocket pattern piece onto Swedish tracing paper, including the fold line for the upper portion of the pocket, aligned the fold line with the pocket placement line on the cut out fabric, then outlined some of the flowers with a pencil (as I was afraid pen might bleed through to the fashion fabric.)

I then found the pattern on the fabric, cut it out, and sewed it on. (yes, the pocket is different in the picture above and below).

There will be  a matching backpack...


These were some test shots for outside, pussyhat and all.  I needed to move the camera down but it was way too cold so I brought the photo shoot indoors.

I'm probably going to undo the entire top portion of the stretch velveteen pants I made last month.  As I was making them, I suddenly felt like the waistband was too tight and I sewed with smaller SA and did not pull the back of the elastic as tight as I did on the red pair.  Well guess what, they are too loose in the waistband.  If I'm going to take the waistband off, I might as well add real front pockets right?   And fix the angle of the CB seam?  And remove some of the excess fabric from the CF ?  Might as well right???

But for now, I'm back to the Pussyhat Factory.  I want to sew 32 hats this weekend.

In other news, my Great Aunt Iris turned 101 on New Year's Day so we took some selfies.  When she saw herself on my screen, she said she looked old but that I had good teeth. :)
Be well!


  1. Great job Kyle. Your floral jeans are gorgeous!

  2. I love this post and these pants! Are you coming to DC with your hat? We live about 1 mile north of the white house at 1614 T St Nw, come by if you want or need some indoor time, we are doing an open house for marchers.

  3. I love your flowered pants. I want some...

    ps good luck with the pussyhat project!

  4. I love how happy you are with your new florals.

  5. There's nothing like a pair of floral pants! They are lovely Kyle! Oh and macarons are my favorite. I buy some awesome ones from Whole Foods Market from time to time (Trader Joes too).

  6. What fun pants! And a Happy birthday to your Great Aunt Iris. 101 Wow!

  7. These jeans are amazing ! Great job.
    It was a nice treat to see my blog featured in your blogroll!

  8. Love your jeans! I have that Eleanor pattern and a fantasy of flowered pants too so you've inspired me to the moon :)

  9. Yay! for Happy Pants. I have a piece of cotton sateen home dec fabric, cream background with humongous florals in navy blue, greens, golds and a deep red. They are destined to be a pair of trews for Easter. And if there's enough fabric left, a vest or even an unlined jacket. I lub me some fancy, floweredy pants.

    If I didn't care for you so much -- and if we wore the same size, hahahaha -- I'd drive up there and snatch your new make right off your body.

  10. Your pants are so much fun! I can't wait to see the matching backpack. Happy Birthday to your aunt...many more!

  11. The pants are adorbs, and congrats to Aunt Iris! We are celebrating the 100th of my neighbor today!

  12. Happy Birthday to Great Aunt Iris. I bet she had some good stories to tell. I love your floral pants. Great idea to make real front pockets. I think I will try that the next time I make Eleonore jeans.
    Good luck on achieving your hat count goal!

  13. If I didn't care for you so much -- and if we wore the same size, hahahaha -- I'd drive up there and snatch your new make right off your body.
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