Oh, Pants.

I have a friend, a British friend, who makes me laugh non-stop.  Mostly when she doesn’t intend to make me laugh.  She falls down a lot, loses things constantly, once found $450 in cash in the pockets of her dirty laundry.  And when she does these awesome, ridiculous things, she’ll say, “Pants.”  Like, a kind of British swear-that’s-not-a-swear.  The first few times she did it, I wasn’t really sure what was happening, and kept looking to see if she’d sat in something.  What she really meant was, “Something has gone mildly wrong and I feel irritated by the result.”  I love that term.  Pants.

As life would have it, I myself am having some PANTS moments.  I’m working on a lot of pants right now.  And hoping for the best.  These are in a viciously lovely wool tweed–also very British, but in a 30s kind of way, with a wide leg and a zip fly.  I’m videotaping the construction of these for my current e-course–step-by-step never looked so good.

These fabrics are waiting their turn. The top is a Shetland wool herringbone I’d thought I would save for a suh-weet jacket one day, but have decided would make the most fabulous fully-lined pants.  The corduroys are slightly stretchy, and will be perfect for this fall.  And let’s not discount some velveteen–I know I’m going on a limb here, but I think a nice velveteen, in a smooth-waisted pant with a straight leg?  I am feeling it.

If you’re wondering about the Lisette pants–the answer is, I didn’t get around to making them.  Maybe I will, since it will still be roastingly hot through at least Halloween (can I get a witness?  hello, Southerners!) and I could fully rock that sailor look well after Labor Day.  Hmmm…  And the mattress stripe IS red and white, what with football season coming.  Oh, pants.


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  • Jessica H
    August 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    You are so brave to make all of those pants. I’m not sure when I’ll be in that stage of sewing. I “saw” you in the Costco Connection in the sewing article they had and thought I know her! Well, follow your blog any way. Very cool.

  • Narelle @ Cook Clean Craft
    August 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I was just thinking I’d love a pair of brown corduroy pants for something different to wear to jeans (as I was putting brown cords on my baby girl). I love the fabric choices. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Meg
    August 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    What pattern are you using for these pants? I would LOVE to find a pattern for fully lined, wide leg pants that would look good made from those fabric you featured!

    • Deborah
      August 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm


      These are Vogue 7881–which is actually *not* lined. This wool is soooo soft that I won’t line it but I wanted to walk through the construction to see if I can slip a lining in another pair. I’ll keep you posted!

      • Meg
        September 5, 2011 at 9:20 am

        Thanks Deborah! (and my grammar error is totally annoying me — I meant ‘those fabricS you featured’!)