Monday, April 27, 2015

OOTD: Can't Touch This

I have to say that one of the hardest things I experience in life is the struggle I have with being able to 1. Relax or 2. Do something for myself. I often feel like if I have spare time, be it in the evening or weekends, or sometimes even my 1/2 hour lunch break at work, that I need to be working on my shop. Because if I don't obsess over it clearly I'm never going to be self employed, right? (I know that's the wrong way of thinking, I'm just saying those are the impulses I have to battle all the time.) 

I've always been this way. If I'm not physically making something, or writing, I have overwhelming panicky urges. I can't sit still long enough to watch a movie unless I'm sick, I've almost entirely stopped reading books (we're working on it! I used to read all the time). It's just either work at work or work on shop. 

So this past weekend I decided to take a step back and make myself something. I had some pretty unexpected results, too! 

I've been obsessing over the recent harem pant trend (or Hammer Pants, as they've been known all my life). My bestie has a few pairs she wears and loves, and I've been eyeing them for a while. So when Tina Givens came out with the Norma Jean pattern, I drooled over it for months. I hemmed and hawed, and finally, I purchased. My goal this past weekend was to make me some hammer pants. 

I... have mixed feelings on this pattern. 

The crotch was super low- even for this style of trouser. I feel like the pattern itself was made for someone much taller. I'm only 5'3 and I think that the pattern should be worn by someone probably closer to 5'5 or even 5'7. The balloon shape to the leg wasn't helping the shape. Overall, I didn't like it. And it was disappointing because I wanted to use the hammer pant pattern to refashion some jeans into Magnolia Pearl inspired jeans like those below.

In my attempt to evolve my style, I really want pants that I can wear under my dresses. Something with a tapered leg, so I can cuff them, but that kind of look like bloomers. 

I immediately downloaded a free bloomer pattern from Sew Tina Givens. I mean, just because the hammer pants weren't working, maybe the bloomer pattern would fare better. It was worse. I didn't even finish them. The crotch, even after taking 3" off the pattern, was down to my knees and the flare on them was way too wide for what I was looking for. (It looked like I was wearing culottes, but not good ones.) I didn't take a picture. 

Overall the patterns were easy to understand, taped together well, and if I were taller they might've worked better, but they just didn't suit my needs. And I didn't like myself in hammer pants- I felt awkward. I will probably use the pattern to make PJ bottoms, though, because all that extra fabric is great for sleeping. 

Frustrated, I ended up at JoAnne Fabrics, drowning my sorrows in overpriced craft supplies, when it hit me. I came back home, whipped out my newsprint (a must-have for pattern drafting) and got to tracing one of my favorite pairs of PJ pants. Then, carefully, I tapered the leg so that it had a more skinny jean fit. Megan Mae will tell you I've been obsessing for months over the denim joggers that are so trendy and have yet to find a pair that work on me- well, with $40 worth of on-sale denim colored Chambray I was determined this time would work!

But I didn't use the new fabric. First, after so many fails, I had to test the theory. 

Luckily, my mister had taken me to the big Village Thrift in New Jersey for my birthday. It is one of my happy places, and also where I bought my Monster High doll. I snagged some $3 sheets to make bloomers with. I rifled around until I found the perfect sheet and I got to cutting.

Guys. I'm in love.

Top: Thrifted, Necklace: Gift, Jean Jacket: Thrifted/GAP, Shoes: Chucks/Ross, Pants: Handmade
They are all I've been asking for in pants, and so comfortable!! They have a more narrow fitting leg that works when cuffed, an elastic waist, and if I hadn't been in such a hurry they would've had pockets. After months of being frustrated trying on skinny jeans, fancy joggers and work trousers, I've come up with a pair of pants I can live with. Also, just an FYI, they look adorable under my dresses and tucked into my cowboy boots. 

I'm so excited! I can't wait to make more, especially in black or dark colors for work. I need some summer trousers to get me through. And I love that the pair I'm wearing above are made from an old bedsheet. Recycling is one of my passions. 


  1. I love them!!! You have mastered the pants, Meghan. GG! :D So proud

  2. They look awesome! I really need to learn how to sew... We even have a decent sewing machine now XD it's just time. And impatience on my part.