I was flipping through a J. Crew catalog that came in the mail the other day and came across these pull on easy wash linen Seaside Pants. I have to say I was surprised to see that the elastic ankle cuff is back in style, but I thought that out of all the styles of that type of pants I came across I liked these the best.
I bought a harem pants pattern from Indie Sew but it just did not come out like what I wanted 🙁 I hope to make them again in a different material and maybe go down a size or two so I haven’t given up on them yet, but I also realized the look I wanted was a very slim leg with a cropped length and an “almost fitting” waist and ankle with just a little gathering.
I liked these back pockets and the dart right along the top of it to the waist band as a way to not have as bulky of a elastic waist and add something to the back. I looked over each pocket inside and out very carefully and this is what I came up with.
I was so proud of myself at this point until I realized because there is not a wrong and right side to this fabric I had unknowingly faced both of my pockets to be a left pant leg 🙁 blehhh, so it was time to bust out the seam ripper.
Once I got all that sorted out I tried on one pant leg and took in both legs a bit more because they were still too baggy. I then sewed both legs together along the crotch with a excellent little trick my mom taught me. You sew both legs down each side, turn one pants leg inside out and place it inside of the other pants leg lining up the seams and just sew right along the curve of the crotch. It makes pants so simple!
For the ankles I just serged around the bottom and folded them up enough to encase the elastic and sewed it together.
The waist band I added a 3 1/2 inch wide piece along the top folded it over and sewed it down leaving a little opening to slip the elastic in (1 1/2″ wide elastic.) the edges were quite a mess so I added some bias tape to enclose all of the raw edges around the top with some vintage bias tape my late grandmother left me! Now the inside looks so nice and tidy and I love that it has a little something to remind me of the women in my family that instill in me the desire and knowledge to sew.
And that’s it! I am very excited about them and they are so comfortable!