When I was growing up, I was a tomboy. I’ve grown more “girlie” as I’ve gotten older, but there is still a side of me that loves the practical and strong in clothing. I love a good dress, but I also get a lot of inspiration from workwear. That was why, when I realized that the Thread Theory Jutland Pants that I made for my husband (here and here) fit me as well, I started planning my own pair.
I’ve always loved straight- and wide-leg pants, but after several years of closer-fitting styles being the norm, it’s a big change to go back. I wasn’t completely sure about my idea…until I borrowed one of the pairs I had made my husband so I could test out the fit. So. Comfortable. I was sold.
The pattern and fabric for these pants came from Pintuck & Purl.
The fabric is a 100% cotton grey English canvas (which I obviously should have pressed before taking these pictures–oops!). This is the same fabric I used for my husband’s second pair of Jutlands, but in a different color. The pants came together really quickly since this is the third time I’ve sewn them, I didn’t bother with special topstitching thread, and since I forgot to flat-fell my outseams (oops again). I also left off the cargo pockets and knee patches, retaining only the hem reinforcements.
I borrowed patch pockets from Simplicity 1020,
and back pockets from the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns. (I’m still not sure if I like that decision or not.)
In fact, in a triumph that I will probably never experience again, I sewed these pants in a single day. Yes. One day. I was proud of myself.
These pants are rugged and neutral, and will coordinate with a lot of other colors. I made these with the goal or having something workwear inspired, but also of having actual work pants. In fact, it took me so long to get pictures of these, that I had already done some outdoor work while wearing them and, much to my annoyance, stained them. I guess they’re legit now, right?
So, despite the fact that these aren’t form-fitting in any way, I LOVE them. I love how they feel and I love that I feel tough when I wear them and don’t have to worry about a stain or two. I kind of hope Thread Theory develops women’s versions of some of their men’s patterns. Then I could take inspiration from the likes of Carhartt and Duluth Trading Co. and apply them to my wardrobe. 🙂
- It’s almost time for Me-Made-May 2017! Are you joining in? If you’ve never heard of Me-Made-May, it’s a challenge to help you wear and love your handmade garments. You set your own goal at whatever level is challenging for you. Here’s my pledge: ‘I, Lisa of patternandbranch.wordpress.com and @lisa.poblenz sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear both a top and bottom (or dress) that I have made each day for the duration of May 2017’. I hope I can do it! And I hope you join in, too!
- This pink Kelly Anorak Jacket by Girl and Machine is seriously tempting me. I keep telling myself I don’t want to get into such a big project and that I have enough jackets, but then I think of this jacket, and I start to have second thoughts…
- I’ve been having a lot of fun looking up fashion details on Pinterest. Searching for “pockets” or just “fashion details” has unearthed a lot of inspiration. You can see my Fashion: Details board here.