I was given these fabrics for free in exchange for a review. As always all opinions are my own.
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.
When I think of a holiday outfit, certain fabrics come to mind like sequins, tulle, lace, and velvet. I felt like velvet would be the easiest to wear and wash, and especially stretch velvet. I could’ve gone with any bright fun color (like my gold velvet pencil skirt), but I knew I would wear it more if I went with one of my basic colors. I’m really glad I went with navy stretch velvet because this color is so rich and will match everything in my closet. I am really happy with this fabric. I actually purposely cut the nap going up instead of down because it makes the color look darker and richer which is the look I was going for. These are helpful tips for sewing knit fabric.
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!
Velvet Ruri Pants Review
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.
Linden Sweater Review
For the top I went with something simple so that the pants could shine. I chose the oatmeal hacci sweater knit because it has a beautiful heathered look, and it’s a great basic color. I love the soft feeling of Hacci sweater knit. I didn’t how realize how thin it would be so I decided to double layer the front, back, and sleeves. It made a gorgeous opaque sweater, and it’s a really easy fabric to work with. I’d say it’s similar to cotton spandex in ease of use. It’s also good to know how to mend a hole in a sweater, if I ever rip it!
I used the Grainline Linden Sweatshirt pattern which I’ve had my eye for years, and I finally purchased it. It’s a great basic pattern. When I printed it out the square to measure came out larger than it was supposed to be. Since I was in a hurry I didn’t reprint it to get the right size, I just cut out a size smaller. I measure to be a size 2, but I cut out a size 0. I added length to the sleeves and body. It was still a little wide on the muslin, so I removed some width from the center front and the center back. It’s basically perfect except I added a little too much length. I also did the waistband with a split hem using this tutorial. I’m definitely going to use this pattern again!
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?