Sew Happy Color Red Canvas Peppermint Wide Leg Pants

Sew Happy Color Red Canvas Peppermint Wide Leg Pants

I am normally the last one to join in sewing challenges on Instagram. Don’ t get me wrong, I love the camaraderie and motivation it brings, and it will defiantly get you sewing! Nothing will entice you to join like all the amazing prizes and of course you will end up with a new beautiful garment or two. You might also find yourself sewing something that you never thought you could make or wanted to make but end up loving it more than life itself! If you are anything like me, and you work at a snails pace, or have specific sewing plans for the month, you may find yourself derailed with sewing challenges, and might be better off sticking to your original plans. However, I do find most sewing challenges to be excellent motivators for all sewists at any level and encourage you to participate if you can. As for myself, I really have to pick and choose, I will join in if I have the fabric already, or it was something I planned to make for quite sometime.

What is Sew Happy Color? Its a super fun sewing challenge hosted by one of my favorite Instagram and bloggers Katie Kortman. Most of us know Katie as the lovely whimsical Artist and Sewist who started the hashtag handmade hustle, getting the sewing community up and dancing with their memades! I just love it so much but have yet to do the handmade hustle dance- I am saving it for something good ( mmm hmmm) Sew happy color is meant to challenge us to use more color in our memades, branching away from the neutral comfort zone. Each week is a new color theme starting with RED/PINK, ORANGE/YELLOW - GREENS, and BLUES/VIOLETS. I personally love a good neutral and find my wardrobe is lacking more neutral colors, but I had to get behind Sew Happy Color simply because it makes me happy! I will try my best to keep up and sew all the colors, at least for now I made it with week one REDS and PINKS by finally completing my red peppermint wide leg pants! Sew Happy Color was the push I needed to finally get going on these pants that have been sitting in my wip plie for months! You can find out more about the Sew Happy Color challenge on Katies blog or Instagram if you would like to participate!

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So many good things to discuss about this pattern, color and overall sewing experience of my red pants! Lets get started!

FABRIC/ PATTERN/FITTING /TECHNIQUE

What can I say about this color? I would have never thought I would love red pants as much as these, it really is a true love affair. I feel ready to hit the high seas, waiting to be whisked away by my beloved and sail into night. Something so nautical about red pants!! The fabric used is a heavy weight canvas I purchased at a local Walmart years ago. Now I am the last person to tell you to purchase fabric at Walmart but sometimes you can find great fabrics there! This one was found in the home decor section marked at discount, I grabbed several yards to make pillows for my patio deck furniture and ended up with a lot left over. Lucky for me I started sewing clothing and made good use of it!

Most of us are familiar with the FREE sewing patterns provided by Peppermint Magazine in collaboration with sewing designer In The Folds . So many wonderful patterns provided to us for free, so far the few I have made have been well drafted with easy to follow instructions. Peppermint Wide Leg Pants are just that! Easy to follow instructions, outcome awesome well fitting pants! When the pattern was first released I immediately printed it out and cut out two pairs, but found myself hesitant to get started and set them aside. I became enamored with the awesome Persephone pants from Anna Allen, and believed I would never need to sew another pants pattern again, but the peppermint pants proved me wrong, I am so glad I did!

I followed each step precisely as instructed , I found the zip part to be a little odd in constructing, but again I am dedicated to the Persephone pants, I find Anna’s instructions and layout easier to follow, but in the end the zip came out perfect. The wide leg pants are designed to be a trouser, not a jean, so there is no top stitching or bar tacks in place, making it really simple and stress free. Simple darts along the back for a smooth silhouette ( similar to the Persephone) although I found them to be a little long for my liking. The pattern instructed you to sew just past the drill hole, but I personally will stop above or at the drill hole next time. Here are a few simple steps to create your dart! Its easy! I have shown the basic steps, to draw your dart. The instructions have photos to show you how to sew them.

Step 1. Mark your drill hole or end with an awl or sewing pin then pull the pattern back and mark the hole with tailors chalk ( I use my daughters chalk) or fabric pen.

Step 1. Mark your drill hole or end with an awl or sewing pin then pull the pattern back and mark the hole with tailors chalk ( I use my daughters chalk) or fabric pen.

Step 2. clip your fabric making a small clip where the lines indicate on your dart.

Step 2. clip your fabric making a small clip where the lines indicate on your dart.

Step 3 using a ruler draw a line from the small dot marking to each clip. Then your dart is ready to sew. Using the chalk lines as your guide!

Step 3 using a ruler draw a line from the small dot marking to each clip. Then your dart is ready to sew. Using the chalk lines as your guide!

Ok how did I forget about the gorgeous wide pockets? This is really a selling point of this pattern! I loved the construction of the pocket liner and bags, choosing to use all the same fabric, but you could easily add a contrasting liner for a fun detail. No problems sewing the pockets, everything went together seamlessly.

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The two part curved waistband threw me for a loop. For whatever reason my waistband ended up being short, this is where I had to make some minor adjustments. The waistband is connected with 3 pieces for a total of 6 pieces, one for the outside waistband and one for the inside waistband. Piece 7 is longer than piece 8 which connect to the back piece 9. I ended up replacing piece 8 with piece 7 ( which is longer) and this seemed to give me the extra length that I needed. I am not entirely sure why, thinking I may have cut out the wrong size, just be aware of your construction when cutting and assembling the waistband. Do I like the curved waistband better than the straight? Not really. I actually like the straight waist better and may swap out my Persephone waistband next time.

The fit on these are more relaxed than the Persephone’s, and fit a little wider through the leg, I also don’t get any crotch hugging ( aka camel toe) with these pants making them extremely comfortable and easy to wear. Do I like them more than my beloved Persephone’s? That’s a secret I will never tell (xoxo)!

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I decided to use Katie’s suggestions and dress with analogous colors wearing my mauve pink Nikko top but then added in the green slides going against the color wheel for complimentary colors, so anything goes I guess! I feel red is really a neutral color and can pretty much pair with anything! Overall I am happy with the fit and color, I am going to get so much wear with these chic sailor pants! Have you sewn up any wide leg pant styles yet? Or what about red pants? How does the red make you feel when you wear it? I used to think red was not a color for me, or I was told it didn’t flatter my skin tone, ya know what, I was totally wrong and anyone can wear red!! If you feel attracted to it wear it! Life is too short to worry if colors flatter our skin tone or not. Sew Happy Color and be happy!!

xo

Joanna

Pattern -Peppermint wide leg pants

fabric-red canvas walmart stores

pattern- Nikko top by true bias

fabric- ribbed knit mauve blackbird fabrics

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