On New Year’s Day, as we began to take down Christmas decorations and give the house a good cleaning, I decided I needed a new pair of loungy pants to wear while working around the house.
I already had these:
Yes, they look pretty rough, but I have had them for about ten years now. I wear them a lot because they are perfect–no, I know they are terribly unattractive. But they are long and loose, and they stay on comfortably thanks to the drawstring. But, over the years they’ve begun to pill and get stained, especially at the hem. This does not stop me from wearing them pretty much constantly.
I would have tossed these on New Year’s Day, but my niece-ling had smeared blackberry jam all over my right leg, so they were waiting to be washed. What I needed was a fresh pair of loungy pants that fit just like the pink ones.
What to do?
Well, I remembered reading this post from Sunni about using the rub-off method to copy a cardi, and I decided to give it a try on my pants.
It was very simple. I used a cardboard box which I opened and laid flat so I could stick pins in it. I laid the tracing paper on top of it and my pants on top of the paper. I then pushed pins along each of the seam lines piece by piece. Really, I only needed to do one front pant leg and one back. I pulled all the pins out, removed the pants, and used the pinholes to trace the shape of both pieces. Then I added 3/8″ seam allowance.
The waistband is just a couple of rectangles folded in half lengthwise. I put a couple of small buttonholes on the front waistband piece. The drawstring is just two very long skinny pieces sewn together and then sewn right sides together lengthwise. If you don’t know this bobby pin trick for turning small tubes, then I don’t know how you manage! Well–I’m sure you manage just fine, but that tip really saved me!
I did decide to add pockets to my version as there have been many times when wearing the pink pants that I wished I had somewhere to keep my lip balm or my phone when wandering around the house. I used a pocket pattern I made for my very first dress. They’re just your basic in-seam pockets.
But this brings me to my one issue with these pants–I put the pockets too low and they look weird. They’re still usable and I suppose I could put the ol’ seam ripper to use and fix them, but I just don’t wanna.
In keeping with my unwritten goal to use up my fabric stash, I used some teal-ish ribbed knit (I want to say it’s bamboo? Maybe tencel? Can’t remember now.) that I already had.
I really love how the topstitching turned out under the waistband. I used a triple stretch stitch because I’m not fond of the look of zig-zag topstitching.
And that’s it. I really need about a half-dozen more pairs of these pants because I have worn these non-stop ever since I made them. (Except for right now–they’re finally getting washed. I miss them a little. . . )
Do you have a favorite RTW garment that you’d love a copy of? Have you ever used the rub-off method? Do share!