Hello Dearies! I hope you all are having a splendid week thus far! Over here in Ohio there has been nothing but gray skies and rain, with some peeks of blue skies and sun every so often. I want to thank you all for your encouraging comments on last week’s post! You all are such a blessing to me. Today, my dears, you have the pleasure of seeing not one, but two completed projects! My first “failed” attempt at Palazzo pants, and my second, very successful, pair of Palazzo pants. Are you ready?
After my first pair of Palazzo’s didn’t fit me, I gave them to Charlotte, as you all might know by now. Boy, doesn’t she just rock those pants?! What ended up going wrong on this first pair, is that, due to the drapey nature of the material, the crotch looked like it fit too well, whereas in reality there was plenty of room. I kept on tweaking and tweaking, bringing the crotch in smaller until it was too tight in the hips for me. Thankfully Charlotte’s slightly smaller frame fit into the Palazzos just perfectly!
And this, my dears, is the finished pair of Palazzos that actually fit me! I just so happened to have (barely) enough rayon crepe left over from a previous failed project (now that was an epic fail!) to eek these pants out of. I still had to piece the inseam at the back hem, but you can’t even see it, though it was a rather large patch.
A little more details on the process for drafting the pattern for these pants: This was my first time computer-drafting a pattern (let me say I LOVE drafting patterns on the computer!). Because I wanted a sort of maxi/a-line skirt silhouette I based my pants off of a skirt block rather than a trouser block (sorry, getting a bit technical here!). I followed a 1940’s pattern drafting book, making my own tweaks along the way, such as adding a waistband facing instead of a waistband, etc. etc. These pants remind me of something Ginger Rogers would have worn! I can’t wait to try them out in another material! Jessica has already made herself a pair in some lovely Robert Kaufmann Cotton/Rayon Chambray, which you’ll see in one of her posts next week. I just love how versatile this pattern turned out to be.
CREDITS // Author: Brigid Boyer; Photography: Brigid & Jessica Boyer; Photos edited with VSCO Presets