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My winter silhouette is oversized and layered on top and skinny and fitted on bottom. But to be completely honest, skinny jeans are not very warm pants. I’ve been on the lookout for a warmer pant that would still work with some of the tops in my winter wardrobe. I didn’t know if I would like this style of pant, but I’m surprisingly loving it. The only issue I have is that we’ve had a really warm winter, and I haven’t had the chance to wear them except for pictures! I got together with some sewing friends to take pictures in a studio we rented and it was a super warm winter day! It was way too warm to wear these pants. (Learn how to find a sewing group near you!)
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I used the Lander Pants sewing pattern by True Bias. It’s a great pattern to start sewing pants since it’s a simpler constructions, and it’s only fitted through the waist and hips. I made a size 4, and I added 1.5″ of length to the stride and 2″ of length to the thigh. I didn’t muslin but decided to just go for it. I compared the stride to the Flint pants that I made last summer. It showed me that I needed a lot more length, but it didn’t show me that the curves of the stride were very different. There’s a lot of length and curve in the back of the Lander pants that I didn’t account for when I compared the patterns. I ended up taking a some length out of the back curve after I made the pants and even more after taking these pictures. I took the waist in slightly, but I think I had to because my fabric stretched slightly while sewing. I also moved the buttons to make the front tighter. Besides that I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern. I love stitching in the ditch for a smooth and flat waistband.
Since I wanted to make the pants extra warm I used washable wool from Riley Blake*. They recently came out with this washable wool fabric, and I’m a fan. I would only use a washable wool for pants, or they were be too hard to keep clean. I used the Riley Blake wool in Brown*. This wool is itchy like wool is, and it gets more fuzzy, more cushy, and more itchy after washing. I wear long underwear daily in the winter and planned on wearing long underwear with these pants. It protects me from the itchiness of the wool. It was easy to work with and easy to sew. It wasn’t too bulky when layered in the seams. I think it stretched out slightly as I sewed, but not enough to make a problem.
(Save the wool scraps to make wool felt balls!)
I had exactly four of these coppery gold vintage buttons in my stash. My grandma on my mom’s side had a good sized button stash, and it was given to me when she passed away. I’ve used some and love looking through the buttons with each new project. I wouldn’t be surprised if she cut these buttons off of something that she was getting rid of. My grandma on my dad’s side loved jewelry, and she’s still alive but gave away some of it. I got to pick something to keep, and I chose this gorgeous gold ring. You can’t see it in the picture, but it actually stands away from my finger. It’s really fun to wear, and I love seeing it next to the vintage buttons. I love using things with a little bit of history and background.
I added some fun Riley Blake dotted cotton* as pocket lining because a pop is always fun.
I decided to make a simple top to coordinate with these pants. I wanted a top that would look good tucked in and would look good with skinny jeans and a cardigan. I also wanted a really classic look to the fabric. I decided to use the Halifax Hoodie sewing pattern* and some plaid stretch French Terry* from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I made size small which is the size I always make but I took in the sides to make it more fitted. I eliminated the sleeves cuffs and waistband and did hems instead. I did a split hem on the body, but you can’t see it in these pictures. I also did the cowl neck. This was my first time doing the cowl neck, and I love the look and the warmth.
I used some plaid French Terry to make my tee just a little warmer. This French Terry has spandex in it which I’ve not used French Terry with this much spandex in it before. (Learn how to sew French terry fabric.) It’s warm and easy to work with, but it doesn’t drape like a rayon does. I think it looks best as a more fitted look, and that’s why I took the sides in of this top. I love the plaid and how classic it is. The plaid paired with the cowl makes me think of a vintage sweater. I had to be really careful matching up the horizontal and vertical lines to make it look good. I’m excited to wear this top with other items in my winter wardrobe.
Would you wear this silhouette? Would you wear fuzzy wool pants?