I’ve finally made those darlings of the summer, the Peppermint Wide Leg Pants! I was going to make them in the summer using a piece of turquoise linen, but chickened out and used that fabric for a TNT pattern instead. But I stilll wanted to make the pattern so needed another fabric. I have found these to be super comfy, and I’ve worn them loads since making. They even made it to be part of the Christmas Day outfit! Apologies for the creasing, photos only taken halfway through the day… Real life! 🙂
My choice was the green denim I bought from Higgs & Higgs at the sewing show in London in October. Daughter No1 had convinced me that I needed green jeans in my life, hence the fabric. I started by tracing the G & H sizes, based on my measurements. I needed the H for the waist and graded down to the G for hip down. I shortened the legs by 4cm in advance, knowing my height and that of the “ideal” 1.7m tall Amazon for whom the pattern is designed. I toiled the pants in a stiff, thick fabric rescued from the charity shop and realised I could size down! They were too baggy, too loose all over.
I then traced the F, using the waist of the G, and moving to the F by 7cm from the base of the waistband. I didn’t re-toile, but got ready to cut. Then I realised I might have made a bloop. The fabric has stretch! The pattern is designed for fabric with no stretch… But by this time I really wanted these pants in this fabric. So I decided to start with cutting the F-G, the waistband was interfaced on the cross grain so there was no stretch. The pocket bags are cut in cotton poplin, leftovers from the lining of Daughter No1’s pink trench coat. These helped to control the stretch across the front. I cut a small facing piece like you do for a pair of jeans, from the green denim.
What I should have done is cut a couple of patch pockets for the back. I find it more comfortable to pop my phone in the back pocket than in a front one. Now, on the subject of pockets… These are HUGE! I thought when was tracing them that I really should reshape them to a more usual shape and size. So when I do put my phone in there, it swims around. I imagine I’d lose many a bit of loose change in these pockets, so I will be stitching a better shape this time, and changing the shape completely for the future.
I decided to sew the side seams with a 1.5cm allowance, rather than the 1.2cm allowed, to compensate for the stretch. I checked them before adding the waistband and realised they were still to loose, I needed to get the negative ease levels up to make the pants look like the others made with no-stretch fabric. So I took another 1.5cm off the outer leg seam and 1cm form the inner seam. This seamed to work, so I sewed on the waistband and crossed my fingers. It worked! So I guess you could say I’ve technically made the E size?? I still had the F for the waistband, and the “E” came in by about 10cm below the waistband seam.
I have to admit I got confunded by the zip instructions. I decided to follow the instructions as written, but then got to a part when I realised it just wasn’t going to work. The instructions are backwards! Next time I’ll do the fly the normal way, and change the centre front seam to allow for additional width. If you want fabulous fly zip instructions for jeans, read the Birkin Flares by Baste & Gather. You cannot go wrong with those. Anyway, I ended up unpicking much of what I had already sewn and topstitched in order to finish off the fly, but thankfully it doesn’t look too bad.
I do like the shape, and the fit is rather good, despite my fiddling and the incorrect fabric! So all this will be completely out of the window when I make the pattern again in the right fabric. But for now, I’m happy – and even happier because the other half, who doesn’t really like cropped, wide leg pants on me, likes these! I think it’s because of the fit at the waist and hip, so it’s not all baggy.
I love the colour, love the length and the width of the hemline. These pants fit into my wardrobe so well, the colour give the blues, greys and blacks a little pop, just like those rust pants I made in November, and the rust corduroy Kana’s Standard pants I made in October!
These pants have hit a record for me. They are the 100th project I’ve made this year! Since I started tracking my projects, I’ve never got this far, so Im pretty chuffed, although I think some in the slow sewing movement wouldn’t be as impressed! So now I need a new challenge for next year – and it won’t be to see how many more than that I can make.
19 thoughts on “Peppermint Crisp”
100! Wowzer that even beats me lol These look cool on you- I’m very dubious about crop trousers for me though, as I’m such a short-arse tubster, I think I’d look like a hobbit! You have a waist you lucky bugger!
Well, not sure I’d call it a proper waist, but there is a little bit that’s slightly narrower than the rest! 🙂
Love these! The colour is so bright for winter days. Thanks for the tips on working with the stretch fabric. Very helpful!
The colour has got so many compliments!
Not a style I thought I would ever like but these look great on you. I can’t imagine a new make every 3-4 days. I spend more time than that thinking about a pattern before I start!
P.s. – You’ll be amused to know I had to look up the meaning of “chuffed”.
Lol, it’s a real British saying! I have to confess not to be making every 3-4 days, but there are some days where I’ll make 4 things in two days, especially when it comes to tee shirts and those toaster sweaters! Then I’ll have a couple of weeks off where I won’t make anything. But I always know what I’m making next…
Wow, great trousers! I love everything about them! And congratulations on your 100th make! That’s impressive (and I envy you a bit).
Thank you, I really love them, huge pockets and all! 🙂
Yes, congratulations on 100 makes and on these cropped trousers! Had forgotten I have this, so thank you for jogging my memory. And for the hints on how to get stretchy denim to work. 😉 Hope you have a wonderful New Year !!!🥳
THank you Del, it’s a great pattern, perhaps one to make in linen for your summers??
I was aware that you have been very productive but Yowsa! 100 garments!
I’m exceedingly impressed. My output this year has been feeble – life has truly got in the way. I’m hoping to do better next year 😉. Whatever your plan is for next year I hope you enjoy it.
I’ve since come across people who’ve made way more than me, nearer 150! I don’t quite know how they’ve managed that!! I think it’s good that “life” happened last year, you don’t want to be tied to your machine, it needs to be fun! 🙂
Wow. 💯 projects in a year INCLUDING toileds? You are amazing!
haha, I don’t count toiles in my total! So I guess that should almost double, but not quite, because I don’t need to toile TNT patterns…
I LOOOOVE these! I just did a wardrobe clean out and similarly have a ton of neutrals that need a little pop of color. While I’m too scared to make woven pants, perhaps a skirt or leggings in this type of color would need to be added to the queue!
It works fabulously with neutrals, just like the rust of some of my previous projects! Give pants making a try, start with something not too fitted, a wide leg, possibly with an invisible zip at the side. Burda have loads like that.
Oh hooray! This is so helpful! I’m hoping to make these in the next couple months. Good tip about the zip too. They look great on you, it’s a terrific color especially paired with that navy and white top!