Yesterday I sewed my second pair of Ottobre’s Casual Cotton Pants pattern in some stretch navy twill fabric from deep stash. These fit better than the last pair, but if I decide to sew them again, I will cut a smaller size. This is size 48, but probably sized 46 or even 44 after sewing, as I did not include a seam allowance and sewed with a 1/2” seam allowance.
They are super comfy. I love the high waist. I’ll think about sewing a pair in denim, but not anytime soon. I think this could be my favorite pants pattern, if I can nail the sizing. Pattern is from Ottobre Woman Autumn Winter 5/2021. This issue also has a great trench coat pattern I want to sew.
I spent some time looking over the Audrey Pants sewing pattern, and it needs a more drapey fabric than what I have in stash. The pattern recommends gabardine or wool melton fabric. (Melton seems a little heavy to me for trousers.) The pattern also includes tuck pleats, and I think making this pattern in cotton twill would make my already poofy belly look even more poofy! I will make this pattern someday, when I have the appropriate fabric.
In the meantime, I dug through my old Ottobre Magazines, and found a more appropriate pattern for my fabric from the Autumn 2021 issue. It’s designed more like a jean than trousers, but I think it’s a good style for me. I’m going to make my first pair in gray cotton twill. It’s not my first time sewing jeans (I made a pair back in 2019) so I’m not daunted. If these turn out well, I have some navy stretch twill that might also work.
I have only been knitting stockinette as a palate cleanser since I finished Arrowhead. I’ve been working on the purple Lodge Sweater. Not much to show, though.
On the downside, it’s too big. I have to wear it on my hips. On the upside, I can wear a stretchy tank top with it and not have muffin top. And it looks great with my tie dye duster!
I suppose I can take it apart and down a size if it bothers me. Right now, though, I’m happy to have finished something. And it’s always possible I may gain more weight, although I hope not.
Pants: A Survey
I need help deciding which pants to make. I have some navy stretch cotton twill and some gray cotton twill. These are the contenders:
Seamwork Nolan, from my previous post. High waisted mom jeans. They are in style and I know they will be comfortable.
Seamwork Callahan. Wide-legged high waisters. I probably wouldn’t top stitch the creases. Trendy and comfortable but would not transition into fall.
Ottobre Cargo Pants. Less trendy. More flattering for my mature figure. Would probably be able to wear them for more seasons.
Please leave your vote in the comments and please just vote for one! And thank you for voting.
Sunday is my day to blog about what I’m thankful for. So Sunday Grace today includes: Bob surprised me with coffee and breakfast in bed this morning, we are both still working, all the kids are healthy, and we live in an era where we can do so much remotely. It really is a marvel.