Look, it’s Fall! How did that happen? Last weekend, I spent hours canning tomatoes with the air conditioning cranked up, and today there are leaves all over the ground and a chill in the air.
I made Clover pants this week and I l.o.v.e. them. Look at that glowing golden mustard color! I think mustard is a great almost-neutral. It goes with nearly everything, and I’m especially fond of the way it works with red.
Kenn told me to do a silly dance for that photo above.
So I bought this rayon/wool stretch suiting online. Since it was described as a crepe suiting, I thought it might not work for these pants (too much drape), so I bought enough to make a dress in case the pants idea didn’t work out.
When I got the fabric, I was utterly disappointed. It was the perfect color, exactly what I wanted for my pants. But indeed, there was too much drape and I knew they would end up looking weird.
But then, inspiration struck! I also had a length of very lightweight stretch twill in a nice apricot color. The twill was lovely, but I had no idea what I’d use it for, especially since it was dangerously close to my skin tone. Caitlin warned that if I made pants with it, I would look naked. So I thought, why not underline the pants with it instead?
When I held the two fabrics together, they were the perfect weight and crispness. Now the suiting has a drape that makes it look luxurious and heavy, plus they will be very warm in the coming chilly months.
I decided to do a cool seam finish that I came across at the hungry zombie couture blog. It’s so easy, you just stitch the outer pieces to the underlining with right sides together along the vertical seams, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then turn them right sides out, press, and sew your seams with a 3/8″ allowance. You get a narrow enclosed seam which looks quite nice.
My only issue with this method is that it makes the seams a little bulky. Not a problem for light fabrics, but a bit much for bottom weights. And I think my fabric must actually have some poly in it, because I couldn’t get a very crisp press. Still, this is a very minor problem, and not at all noticeable. Finally, I finished the hems with some bias tape and a catchstitch.
I’m hoping to make a top or two to go with them this coming week. So fun! How are you guys doing on your Fall wardrobes? Remember you can also share photos in the forum!
Some related posts you may be interested in:
- Choosing fabric for Clover: Learn about what fabrics will work for these pants.
- FPC Week 1: My lovely Lonsdale dress from the first week of the challenge.
- FPC: Sarai’s Moodboard: And here’s my palette and moodboard of inspiration.
- Your moodboards: Some of the inspiring moodboards from the forum.
- Fall Palette Challenge 2011: Intro to this year’s Fall Palette Challenge!