I remember ten years ago when basically the only pants anyone ever wore were boot cut or fitted flare jeans. It slowly starting switching over to skinny jeans. I remember thinking as a teenager that skinny jeans were the worst. I was never going to wear them, and they were unflattering on everyone. Then everyone started wearing them. I started wearing them. And I loved them.
Well, I think the next trend is wide leg pants. At first I thought, wide leg pants are the worst. I’m never going to wear them, and they are unflattering on everyone. When I realized my thought process was very similar to ten years ago, I decided to embrace this new trend, starting with Flint Pants. (I’m not going to stop wearing skinny jeans, I love them and will keep wearing them. I really hope they never go out of style).
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When I saw Allie’s terra cotta tencel Flint Pants on her instagram, and I immediately had to make some of my own. I loved the warm color of her pants. Well, I decided that a pale pink would fit in my wardrobe perfectly so I set out to look for pink tencel. I searched over ten online shops looking for pink tencel and only found blue, black, and gray. Those are great colors, but I knew I wouldn’t wear the pants if they were a similar color to my denim jeans and shorts. After searching for awhile I finally found this pink gabardine twill tencel fabric*. It was beautiful and perfect, and it shipped really quickly. The shop also has 17 other colors. I contacted the shop, and they have awesome customer service. My fabric arrived quickly, and I like the twill texture because it makes the fabric a touch dressier. If you want to try tencel and you want other colors, then this is the place to go. The fabric moves so beautifully that I had to make a movie to show you how amazing this fabric is.
I used the Flint Pants and Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen. I am definitely a fan girl of Megan Nielsen. It started when I won a bunch of her maternity sewing patterns in a giveaway almost four years ago. Then I got to test some of her girl sewing patterns and loved those. Now I’m going to slowly work my way through all of her women sewing patterns starting with these pants.
I made version one with the buttons in size XS. I fit in the XS well with my waist being slightly bigger so I planned on opening the tucks if I needed. I added 1/2″ to the high hip and 1/2″ to the mid thigh to accommodate for my height. It was the perfect amount of length added. I also did end up letting out the tucks slightly and taking a smaller seam allowance on the edges of the waistband. It’s still a little snug, but it’s a really good fit.
I chose the buttons since I thought the closure would be easier for me to undo. It’s good to know how to stitch in the ditch for a smooth and flat waistband.
(Sometimes All the times I only get short bathroom breaks because someone always needs me.) At first I made some matching pink tencel buttons to add the the waistband. I sewed them on and worried about it looking too “old lady”. I washed them and dried them, and the removed the buttons and added these pretty shell buttons. It changed the whole look, and I’m so glad I changed the buttons.
You can see the waist is pretty tight in the picture, but since everything else is so loose and comfortable it doesn’t bother me. I really want to wear them on a really hot day since it basically feels like I’m wearing nothing. It’s like wearing clouds.
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!