Ta-da! This is my most ambitious clothing project to-date and I’m pretty psyched about how they came out. Although I must admit that just after trying them on for the last time I was struck by the thought that I might have just reinvented Zubaz. (They still exist! And I didn’t realize until now that they are from Minneapolis which is I’m from. Did the rest of the country wear Zubaz too?)
I bought the fabric and a basic pattern at Jo-Ann. The pattern I used was NewLook 6005 which I selected because it was easy, cheap and not totally heinous. (Oh, pattern companies – why so much crazy?) I started out trying to follow the pattern because I figured sewing is a little like cooking in that you should follow the directions exactly the first time and save the modifications until you actually know what you’re doing. Well, that lasted a few hours.
Each time I finished a seam I would hold up the pants and imagine how strangers would soon be stopping me on the street to comment on my cra-mazing pants. This adds hours to the project but it’s fun. As I continued to do it I started thinking about maybe making them a little narrower so I wound up taking them in quite a bit using a technique that would probably make Tim Gunn cry.
I kept fussing with them until I realized I was trying to turn a pair of glorified pajama pants into some slim fit trousers with a drawstring and non-stretch fabric. Finally I just decided to finish them up while I could still fit them over my hips. I did a few other things like add a lining because the fabric was thin, skip the silly tabs that were supposed to go on the bottom and attach the waistband in such a way that would look more finished than the way the instructions recommended.
Look for me on Stockholm Street Style next week