Saturday, September 18, 2010

Completed Project: The Perfect Wide Leg Pants

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I have an all-consuming love for 1970s fashion, so wide leg pants are an absolute must for my wardrobe. I've been searching for the perfect wide leg pants pattern for a very long time, and I knew that I'd finally found it when I saw BurdaStyle member Reneebies version of the high waist pants from Vogue 8604.

You're probably wondering why I didn't just use a vintage 1970s wide leg pants pattern - right? Well, I have used 1970s patterns to make pants before, but I fell in love with the built-in extremely high waist design of this Vogue pattern, plus the legs are super-duper-mega wide!

I anxiously grabbed the pattern during a sale at my local Hancock Fabrics and I already had some trouser-weight denim on hand that needed destashing. Add the zipper and 1/2 yard of lining fabric for the pockets and the resulting pants only cost me $20.00 and a few well-spent hours of my time!

It was so nice to actually get dressed up and wear these today just for the heck of it! My son turns 1 year old on October 6th and, being a new mom, this past year has been a particularly unfashionable one for me. After my pregnancy, I quickly fell into the all too easy and convenient sweatpants and t-shirt routine. My hips also spread 4" and, although I am roughly back to my pre-pregnancy size, those hips just aren't going anywhere. So I had to completely get rid of my former pants and skirt wardrobe. And since I prefer to sew my own clothes, I'm in desperate need of pants and skirts....mostly pants.....and it's taking me an eternity to build my wardrobe back to where I want it to be.

I also want to give myself motivation to dress up everyday so, by October 6th, I hope to take daily "what I wore" photos and post them here, if not everyday then at least once week. Here's the breakdown for today's outfit:

Pants: Handmade
Shirt: Vintage 1970s - thrifted for $1.00
Necklace: Kohl's
Belt: Banana Republic on big-time sale
Shoes: Doc Marten Mary Janes



  1. Those are great! They look terrific on you.

  2. Awesome! Awesome!! Awesome!!! (Love the Docs, too. They are the BEST shoes.)

  3. What awesome pants! Love them, and such a perfect fit too :-)

  4. Perfect, I love those trousers! I don't have any good experiences with Vogue trousers patterns but maybe I have to give them a second chance.

    The Marten Mary Janes are so cute.

  5. they look great, the fit is great and the whole outfit is spot on!

  6. Sad on losing all your trousers and skirts, but I'm sure it was worth it. These are quite fantastic!

  7. I love these!! I can totally relate on the mom thing. I have been living in the same pair of jeans and random t-shirts since I left my job. I'm hoping to add some non-denim pants to the mix soon.

  8. Nice trousers, they look really good on you.