Summer’s Last Garment: Simplicity 1020 Pants

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Fall has officially started (the autumnal equinox was Thursday, September 22), but I still have one more summer garment to share with you.  I also have a few other projects I did during the summer, but those are great for any season, so we’ll save them for another time.  Today I want to talk about these pants!

Simpicity 1020 linen/cotton pants

I really wanted some wide-leg linen pants for summer, and I also wanted to try sewing with linen, something I hadn’t done until I made this Datura blouse (also pictured).  When trying to find a pattern for the pants I had in mind, I remembered some scrub pants I owned in college.  They had a wide, straight leg and were the ultimate in comfort.  Since I hadn’t been able to find a pattern I really liked among the “regular” clothing patterns, I turned to the scrub patterns, and found Simplicity 1020.

Simpicity 1020 linen/cotton pants

 

Simpicity 1020 linen/cotton pants

I figured I could use that and just leave off a few of the extra pockets, keeping the front and back ones.  I found my fabric at Fabric.com–a Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen blend (55% linen, 45% cotton) in blue and a cotton/rayon (50% cotton, 45% rayon, 5% Lycra) knit in Indigo for the top of the pants.  Other than that, I just needed elastic and thread, which I had in my stash.

I made a quick muslin out of a sheet since I’ve had to do so many fit adjustments on recent bottoms, but while these could maybe have been tweaked slightly, they were good overall, and I decided to make them without adjustments.  This makes me wonder if the Simplicity pants/shorts patterns will fit me better (i.e. with fewer adjustments) than McCall’s and Butterick.  I’ll have to explore that as I make more pants.  The pants themselves were not too difficult to sew up, although I did prolong the process by finishing all my seams.  Finishing seams used to feel like such a chore and while it still does sometimes, I didn’t want thready insides once these pants were finished and went through the wash.  I used a turned-and-stitched finish (a.k.a. clean-finish) per the instructions in the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing.

Turned-and-stitched/clean-finished seam allowances

The linen seemed too thick for French seams, although I’m open to hearing about other finishes people have used.  I also basically did a double turned hem for all the pockets and then topstitched them on so that I wouldn’t get threads in the pockets, either.  Last, but not least, I covered the seam where the main pants fabric joined the knit waist fabric with bias tape.

Simpicity 1020 linen/cotton pants

All of that added quite a bit of time, but I was really happy with these when they were finished.  I don’t know what has happened to me, but it makes me really happy to see those beautiful insides in a project.  I guess I’m “growing up” as a sewist.  😉

Simpicity 1020 linen/cotton pants

I think my only question on the whole thing is the hem length.  If I had hemmed these at the suggested spot, they would have been long, but probably good with heels.  I turned them up one more time so I could wear them with flatter shoes, and I think that is the right length for lower shoes, but sometimes, at some angles, they look a little bit like floods. (Wow.  I just used Google Images to look up “flood pants”.  It was a little different than I expected, but I think my statement still stands.)  I didn’t actually cut my excess off the hems, so if I change my mind later, I can rehem them to be longer.  I’m done with them for this year, though.

Simpicity 1020 linen/cotton pants

Simpicity 1020 linen/cotton pants

These pants are super comfortable (secret pajamas for the win!) and they wrinkle much, much less than I thought they would–maybe because of the cotton blended in?  I think of cotton as pretty wrinkly, but who knows?  Maybe because of the midweight?  I don’t know.  Whatever it is, I’m happy with them.  Now it’s on to fall sewing!

Simpicity 1020 linen/cotton pants

 

Simpicity 1020 linen/cotton pants

 

Simpicity 1020 linen/cotton pants

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14 responses »

  1. Oh now that’s a smart idea. I was looking for a good basic wide leg pants pattern that I could use to make myself a pair of cargo pants back at the start of summer and never managed to find one – I never even thought of the scrubs patterns. Maybe I’ll have to invest in a scrubs pattern.

    These turned out great. I hear you on the hem length – I can never figure out what length I want my pants – I only ever wear flat shoes so they don’t need to be too long, and I don’t want them hanging on the ground, but inevitably they end up too short and look a bit dorky! Your length looks pretty good.

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  2. Looks great, and super comfy paired with the Datura blouse! Seeing this makes me miss my summer wardrobe already 🙂 One thing I noticed recently, by the way – I am following your blog through Bloglovin and in my feed very often not the first image that you post shows but the last one which is a bit confusing sometimes. I think you can influence this by choosing a featured image in WordPress for each new post (at least this is how I dealt with this when I noticed Bloglovin’ doing that). I was kind of annoyed when I noticed Bloglovin doing this since I usually carefully choose which image should “represent” each post so I just wanted to let you know in case this bugs you as well 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, for the compliment and the picture advice. I was wondering if choosing a featured image would work (because it does bother me), but do you have to use WordPress storage for your featured image or can you store images on Flickr and still have a featured image?

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      • Hm, that’s a good question, I never tried that out. Maybe you could just upload the image that you want to use as a featured image on WordPress in a relatively low resolution and link all others as usual should it not work the other way? This way you would not have to use up a lot of storage and could still use this feature. I think you do not even have to use that featured image in the actual post, at least how I understand this. Or do you not want to use any storage on WordPress at all? I don’t remember if there was another way of doing this, it’s been a while since I googled this problem. Hope you will find a workaround 🙂

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