Pant draft progress

I’ve nearly finished my pants draft. It doesn’t look like much now, but it will soon.

Summer linen pants draft in Garment Designer

Summer linen pants draft in Garment Designer

I’ve lowered the waistline 1″ though probably will not keep this at the CB, but bring that one up to the natural waist just to ensure good rear coverage. We’ll see.

I am always trying to find or create the perfect summer wide leg pant – you know the sort of pant you put on with a striped bateau neck top (have) and a pair of metallic flip flops (have) and toss a big bag over your shoulder (one of my new ones from my formal gown handbag line) and go. The sort of pants a mama-on-the-go with a new baby can get away with looking reasonably stylish and yet, not too ‘done’ up. They’re straight legs, wide and I will wash that linen at least three times (and dry it too!) to ensure shrinkage is out  – not to mention at least a 4″ hem, as I’ve had other linen summer pants get relegated to cropped status after a few years.

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!

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