Copying RTW pants Sew Paradise

Copying my favorite pants

So this is something completely on the side, but I’m copying a favorite pair of RTW pants for a tutorial online (not maternity pants). I’ll poke around on this project, draft them in Garment Designer and see where I end up.

My favorite pull-on style pant is a wider palazzo pant with smooth banded waist or drawstring and wide graceful legs. The sort of pants that Katherine Hepburn would have worn. I would make these in a thicker white linen or flax linen for summer (with matching or contrast knit waistband or drawstring) or even in a beautiful wool jersey for fall and winter. But they speak to me most as a summer pant.

In my closet, I do own a similar style pant, but without the banded waist. I bought these years ago as a rayon ‘blank’ to dye, finally dyed them and now I’d like to recreate them. These have a drawstring, elastic waist.

I’ll be using Mac Garment Designer, version 2.1, and the enclosed pants tutorial that the software ships with. I’ll be documenting my work here, and when I’m NOT pregnant, this summer, I’ll sew these pants in a flax linen that I bought last summer or perhaps the summer before!

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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