As the season starts to change, I’m looking forward to all the upcoming holiday parties. There’s family parties, friends parties, and holiday parties. (Learn how to find a sewing group near you!) I don’t know about you, but the most important thing for me is feeling comfortable, being able to eat lots, and looking dressy. I have found the perfect holiday outfit, and I’m ready for any holiday party. I used basic silhouettes and used special fabrics to dress them up. I definitely feel like this is an outfit that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the accessories I choose.
While I was sewing these pants I was being careful while ironing because velvet can get ruined quickly by a hot iron. Except when I ironed the fly I wasn’t careful and melted the fabric just on the fly. I was so sad and couldn’t undo it. I cut out the melted area which you can see below and cut out a slightly bigger piece to sew in and replace it. BUT when I cut out the new piece I forgot to check the nap and the nap was upside down. So it was the same fabric but it looked like a different color! Cue tears and frustration. I finished the pants and went to bed because sleep always helps me think. I woke up early when I feel the best and sewed a patch the same size with the nap going the correct way right on top of the fly. I cut out the very bottom layer from the inside so it wouldn’t be to thick with that many layers of fabric. It looks great now, and I’m glad I fixed it but it’s so frustrating when you make a silly mistake!
The pants pattern I used was the new Named Ruri Sweatpants pattern. When this pattern released I knew it was a pants pattern I would wear. This preppy pants silhouette is totally my style. It has front inseam pockets, elastic waist back, faux fly, and a unique pleated snap hem detail. I made a size US 4 and lengthened the leg at the knee one inch, and I used a yard and a half.
The pattern instructions were straightforward, and I had no problems putting the pants together. I will say that the pattern is drafted for stable knits like ponte and sweatshirting, and I made it hard on myself and used a non-stable stretch velvet. It worked out for me, but it was definitely trickier to get it to work. I also took one full inch out of the side of each leg since my fabric behaved differently. Interfacing helped with all the trickier areas.
I’ve never used a Named pattern before which I regret because they draft taller than most other pattern companies. I want to try more of their patterns because I’ll have minimal pattern alterations.
I understand that most people reach for a holiday dress which can definitely be dressier than this outfit. And I’m not trying to convert you to be a pants person, especially these “semi-fitted similar to track pants” pants. Because I know I love unique pants silhouettes. I really do love this silhouette even if they might not be super flattering. I’ve made three (one, two, three) woven track pants, remember? I love that pants give me extra warmth and I feel so luxurious wearing velvet. They are easy to dress up with ankle boots, and they are so comfortable to wear. I told my husband that this holiday outfit is like wearing pajamas, but I look dressed up! Can you believe this is an elastic waist pants outfit?