Hi, guys! Hope you’re having a great week! I started out this month swamped with projects. Between pattern testing commitments, lack of focus, and ill-advisedly cutting out multiple projects at once, my sewing space was trashed and I felt completely overwhelmed. I finally forced myself to sit down and start working through some unfinished projects and I feel much better now! I’ve still got a few to go, but at least I’ve made some headway!
These pants were one of the oldest unfinished projects in my collection- I’ve had them sitting around for over a year! All I needed to do was hem them and add the waistband- I just got scared of using my twin needle and left them unfinished! Silly! (Sidenote: don’t be scared of the twin needle! It’s really straightforward! Check out Marie‘s tips here if you’re new to using one!)
The pattern is Tessuti’s Anita Ponte Pant, a PDF pattern. They’re a step up from leggings, which I like, but they’re still really casual, so I’ll probably only wear them around the house. I made a size 6, and the only change I made was to lower the rise by about 2″ as the waist is higher than I like as drafted. The pattern is really, really easy to sew and really quick.
The fabric I used is a fantastic glazed ponte from Mood Fabrics NYC. Carolyn convinced me to buy it when we were shopping together one day, and warned me that I would regret it if I didn’t. Now I regret that I didn’t buy more! Here’s the sad story: I was a total dope, and I tossed it in the washer and dryer to pre-treat it. I stupidly didn’t realize that the heat of the dryer at my laundromat might affect the finish, and much of the glaze was gone after I pulled it out of the dryer! Ugh! So the fabric isn’t quite as cool as it was before, and the pants are more boring than I’d planned, but I still like them.
I’m glad I finished these in time to wear them for Me-Made-May! I’m sure they will get lots of wear! And I’ll be on the lookout for cool ponte prints to make more of these!
Alright, confession time- do you have any unfinished garments that just need a little work before they’ll be wearable? Are you scared of any new sewing techniques? What’s keeping you from finishing up lingering UFOs?
These pants are awesome! They’re cute, and I like them more than leggings! I need to make Myself some pants too!
Thanks, girl! I’m not really into leggings as pants, but these I can deal with! Give ’em a try!
I LOVE Ponte! So much less scary than those thin knits that are prone to holes and god knows what else. The pants look great and fit looks just right. Also: I love your Elvis tee! x
Oh man, ponte is so easy to sew, isn’t it? It’s nice to use fabric that’s straightforward. 🙂
Indeed! I am not a flimsy fabrics girl at all! They are pretty, but delicate fabrics are not for me!
Last night I decided that I am going to be making a long sleeved ponte dress with raglan sleeves…striped of course! 😀
Ponte pants are definitely kicking pants!!
Those pants looks so comfy! I have so many UFOs I am starting to feel overwhelmed .. and nothing is getting finished. I think it is also time for me to have a clearing space (and mind) time.
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These really suit your lifestyle. I hope you get to make them again.
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I’m a bit late on this post, but is this a good beginner pant pattern? I like these so much better than leggings.
Definitely! They’re very easy to sew up! Let me know if you run into any problems and I can try to walk you through them!