Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Circus is in town!

Ok, so I finished my April In Stitches Sew Along Assignment. I actually finished most of it awhile ago, but I was so disappointed by the fit that it took me the rest of the month to hem the pants and add the finishing touches. So here they are: Amy Butler's Wide Leg Pants.
Wide Leg Pants
So can you see why I call them my circus pants? I feel so funny in these pants. Everyone else chose such nice and calm prints and I chose the circus. They do make me happy though. Like everyone else says, these pants are SUPER wide. Like a circus tent. I will now believe Amy Butler literally. My problem with these pants is that the waist is also super wide. I have to bunch up the waist with the drawstring, and it's just a lot of material up there. Oh and there was a lot more material on the legs too. I chopped off 4 inches before I hemmed them. But they are pants, and I can wear them, so good enough for me.
Wide Leg Pants Trim
The ribbon trim gave me trouble. In retrospect, I probably should have used a walking foot. Having said that, I do like the ribbon and I think it add a little something special to the already colorful circus pants.
Wide Leg Pants Drawstring
Every month there is a theme, and this month's theme was embroidery/fancy stitching. So my pants were so busy already that I decided that I needed to do something little. I added fancy stitching to the drawstring. All in all, an easy project, but since I'm not such a fan of the fit, I'm not sure if I'll be making these again. Who knows though, they were super easy compared to the other projects we've made so far.


June said...

I did not know you had a blog--I am so excited to discover this and shall visit you regularly.

Your pants are fun, the ribbon along the hem is a really nice touch, and the drawstring embellishment is a great detail. I actually like your clown pants and think it's ever so much braver than my subdued version.

Now, as to the fit, I'm totally with you on this. I keep having to pull up on the waist 'cause it's too big (subsequently giving myself unpleasant episodes of unwanted wedging) and had to cut off about a mile of the leg length due to my being somewhat height-challenged.

Nora said...

I agree with you (and June) on the AB lounge pants: H-U-G-E!
I've just finished mine and they're in the corner of my wardrobe... where they'll stay for a long time.

PS: I found you via the Small Object.

Katie Jean said...

I have yet to finish my pants, but now I'm getting nervous. Everyone seems to have an issue with these! I love your fabric though. I think they're perfect for lounging.

And happy belated birthday, fellow april baby!

Liz Harvatine said...

They may be big but they look super comfy! Nice job!

FinnyKnits said...

See, I like the elephant pattern - the circusness (not a word) just makes it a little more fun. And they look like they fit well now that you sawed off all that extra length.

And yes, huge. HUGE. Why is that? A medium was so NOT a medium.

Cute trim, too!

Oiyi said...

They are big, but at least comfortable, right? The fabric is very cute.

Lisa K said...

I love that fabric. I picked it up and put it down several times today at the craft store, finally deciding against it because I preferred another for the baby quilt I'm making.

But now I'm having not-buyer's remorse! I love your pants and wish I'd gotten it! Boo! Your pants are soooo cute.

Marisa said...

I LOVE your pants, so cute! You make me want to make them too. Yikes, another project brewing. You did a very nice job. I think they're hip.

Anonymous said...

omg, i have that exact same fabric- exept i made a skirt insted!