Demeter Top and Vintage Vogue Pants in Bleached Linen
I had to drop all projects to test the new Demeter Dress and Top pattern soon to be released from Anna Allen Clothing . I wont go into to many details about the Demeter pattern as this is my TESTER VERSION and the pattern is subject to change, but will share some of my highlights with you. For the pants I dusted off one of my old vintage vogue patterns and got straight to work. I will briefly discuss the construction of the pants, but will focus more on inspiration and patterns for elastic waist pants!
THE DEMETER TOP
The pattern is not yet released, but I already know its going to be popular among the Sewist community! I found my tester version to sew up fast and flawless, its simple enough but with some beautiful details to make it stand out from other boxy tee patterns, HELLO the neckline! The pattern will come in 4 different versions, two dress options one with set in sleeves and one sleeveless and two top options, a set in sleeve ( as pictured) or sleeveless tank. I find this to be incredibly versatile and very easy to hack or make specific modifications. I chose to sew Version D the top. I cut out a straight size 8 based off my measurements. I decided to raise the neckline and traced out the front piece up to the largest size 22 and cut the bias tape a little longer. You could also use the tank version neckline as its raised higher than the top.
I enjoyed sewing the set in sleeves, and the delicate neckline. Next time I will widen the bias tape and lengthen the hem. The neckline is wide and does slip off my shoulder, but again this is the tester version and changes will be made before the pattern is released. I will be re making this pattern once the final draft is complete and will share all the details with you soon. Overall I am incredibly happy with the pattern and as always, find Anna’s instructions clear and thoughtful. You will love this pattern! I used a mid weight bleached linen from Fabrics -Store.com -Links for the fabric are located at the bottom of the page.
VOGUE PATTERN BOTTOMS
It was an easy decision to make pants instead of a dress , though I love the Demeter dress, I already have a linen dress on my cutting table waiting to be sewn, and I am really lacking in the pants department. I have been on the fence for some time about elastic waistband pants. Even though they seem to be extremely popular in the sewing community as well as Eco fashion and fast fashion brands, I just couln’t kick the feeling that they would make me look like my grandma on vacation. I am also self conscious of my mommy mid section and I am always looking for pants to “hold it all in” or smooth and flatter that area. But honestly that is a load of crap really!. Elastic waist pants are comfy as hell and scream chic across the room. I am going to let all the negative elastic waistband thoughts flow out of my mind and embrace this super chic extra comfortable style. I cant stop obsessing over them. my only regret is I didn’t make them sooner and I have been missing out all this time!
I didn’t feel like printing and taping together a new pdf, so I went with my own pattern stash using another vintage vogue pattern. I made this pattern once before using a shower curtain, but did not add the drawstring out of sheer laziness. They defiantly were missing something. Normally I am a size 12 to 14 in big 4 patterns, but because of the ease and elastic waist I went down to a size 10. It really is a perfect fit for me. I do recommend sizing one or two sizes down from your original size when sewing elastic waist pants with wide legs, you don’t want to end up swimming in them.
As far as the drawstring, I simply made my own connecting bias strips to get the desired length. I used the Demeter Dress bias pattern piece and followed Anna’s instructions for sewing the stripes together and used my bias tape maker to iron a nice long piece together. I then sewed the strip down wrong sides facing and made a beautiful drawstring. Inserting into the pant casing following the instructions from Vogue, I used a large safety pin to pull through each end ( button holes are created before construction of the waistband) and left the raw edge exposed , tying two large knots to secure. I tried to sew on two cream tassels on the ends of the drawstring, but it was just not working for me! I think if I made my bias tape wider, it would have been easy to sew right in. But it would have been a fun touch!
The construction of this pattern was simple, I love the big deep pockets and the wide hem line at the bottom. I use a handy tool to help ensure my hems are even, called the Clover Hot Hemmer. You can measure your hem line and iron right over it! I have used this tool for years sewing little girls dresses, and find it to be really handy with all hems!
I used the same bleached linen to make my pants, so now I have a matching set, but have already worn both pieces separately. Today I wore my linen pants with a ribbed knit tank tucked in and loved the look. Just so easy and comfortable. I will also wear these pants underneath long tunics in the fall months and big oversized sweaters.
Pants Pattern -Very Easy Vogue 8885 -
Top Pattern -DEMETER TOP from Anna Allen Clothing ( not yet released)
Sandals- Matisse footwear
So much elastic waist inspiration out there! I am really hooked and want to add more of these bottoms into my simple wardrobe. Here are some inspirational looks from Pinterest and if you are wanting to sew your own elastic waist pants ( most likely you are way ahead of the game!) here are some of my favorite patterns I either own or have been eyeing to make. If you love the drawstring , but your pattern does not have instructions for one, its fairly easy to add, by adding two button holes between both elastic casing channels. I will hopefully create a new tutorial to share with you soon.
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