Ok. I’m going to LIVE in these pants all summer. It’s perfect for going from beachy casuel to city chic. When I was in New York for Easter i went to the amazing fabric store “Mood” to buy my wedding dress fabric (check!). I also left with a few yards of this striped fabric to make some pants (and maybe a little crop top with what’s left over)
I was inspired by these pants:
I searched for the perfect pattern for a long time… only to realise I already owned it… this one! It’s a pattern for sweat pants but it’s exactly what i needed!
I wanted it to be a little bit too big at the waist to be able to tighten it with the cord and that’s exactly what it does
So I just followed the pattern’s instructions (I made a size medium)
Then when I had to do the waist part, I cut a large band (about 12 cm wide and the length of the waist). I put it right sides together with the pants and sewed all along
which gives you this:
Then you fold it over about 1 cm and then fold the band in half to cover up your initial sewing
Then sew all along trying to stay inside the pleat
I added 3 little rectangles to be able to put my cord through. A simple hem on the width and double hem on the length (cut the corners before folding the second time). then sew onto the pants.
Then I made this belt using rope from the hardware store (about 4 meters) cut in 4 equal pieces that i braided like this:
go over 2 cords and uneder the second.
alternate left and right.
then I wrapped the ends in DMC cotton thread to end things off.