Sunday, October 18, 2009

Amy Butler Lounge Pants

I became a fan of Amy Butler well before I ever got my sewing machine. I love her printed fabric and I think her patterns are really cute and fun. I happened to browse through her book In Stitches one day and I liked the look of the lounge pants. I did a little more investigation on Pattern Review and I liked the look of the pants based on all the pictures I could find. They are described as a wide-leg lounge pant, which I thought would be great - I tend to gravitate towards wide-leg pants in general to balance out my pear-shaped figure. I selected a pink Amy Butler peony print with a complimentary polka dot fabric for the bottom trim.
The "pattern" that is included with the book is just the start of the pattern. You have to add the leg portion to the pattern pieces that are provided with freezer or parchment paper. When you're finished, the pattern pieces resemble very large rectangles with no curvature for the hips. This should have been my first clue that maybe this wasn't the ideal pattern for me. But no, I forged ahead, cut out the pants and started to sew them up using french seams - a technique that I had just learned in sewing class and that I LOVE! Jim was watching me do all of this and commented that "Those look like clown pants babe." I brushed off his comments and continued onward. I knew that I wanted to do something slightly different for the top of the pants. The directions have you just add a drawstring at the top, but I wanted them to have an elastic waist with a drawstring on the outside, enclosed in a casing from a separate piece of fabric - somthing that is done on a pair of RTW sleep boxers I own and I think is super cute. I figured out the dimensions for adding the drawstring casing at the top of the pants, cut it out, attached it and added the drawstring though it before adding the elastic at the waistband. All of that took some time to figure out and execute, but it turned out great! I then hemmed the pants and added the trim to the bottom. Again, it turned out so very cute!
I finally put on the finished pants and well...gulp... they're clown pants. :/ I love a wide-leg pant, but holy smokes, these are HUGE! For once, I don't think it's me making them too big, either, as they fit comfortably in the waist and hips, but the legs are ginormous. I have a feeling that these are cuter on someone who is much less curvy. So, I think I executed the pants well, but this pattern most definitely doesn't work on my body. So sad. :(
Since they were intended to be around the house pants anyways, it's not a huge loss, but I am a bit bummed that this awesome fabric is now a pair of pants that are just meh, instead of something I love. I have a wide-leg pj pant pattern from Simplicity that I found after making these pants that I intend to make up later this winter. The reviews I've read have been positive and one even mentioned that they are a much more normal wide-leg pant, instead of the "sultan" pants from Amy Butler. I'm hoping that they're right.

12 comments:

weezermonkey said...

You are the cutest clown ever!

alyssa said...

Yep, I agree with Monkey, you are the cutest clown ever ;) Those look like some cute, comfy lounge pants!

tam pham said...

ditto the monkey!

venn said...

Such cute fabrics! Is there any way to taper the legs? Regardless, they are still super cute. I'm in awe of your mad skills.

dapotato said...

totally cute. although the man in the promo pic is a bit creepy.

A Feminist Gold Digger said...

You are so freaking thin. If these clown pants don't work on you, I don't get who they're meant for.

Leslie said...

I really like them! Ditto everyone else - you're a mighty cute clown. :)

10yearstogether said...

I got a good giggle, lol Jim! But they look very colorful and comfy. I hope you get some use out of them.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

So they are a little wide, but I don't think it's an off shape on you or anything - looks like they were designed that way - they look wide in the pattern photo. For house lounging pants, they are still really cute.

Winnie said...

They look comfy :) I'm so impressed with your skills.

suzyinblue said...

oh, i LOVE these! i've been wanting to make them for ever, but i'm not going to buy the book just to use this one pattern:( if you ever want to swap them for something let me know!:)

Erin Kay said...

Did you ever try the simplicity pattern? I'd love to see how those came out! I think I'm gogn to ahve the same problem with this pattern so I don't want to try it until I hear whether there's a better option.