Hello dearies! Today I have a rather exciting garment to share with you all: Tweed palazzo pants! Ever since I created my first few pairs of Palazzo pants (blogged about here) I’ve dreamt of creating a wool tweed version. And this, my dears, is the result of that dream!
The pants are made from a Carolina Herrera Tweed that I picked up from Mood Fabrics when they were having one of their “2 Beautiful Fabrics 50% off” sale. Since I wanted a slightly more tailored look for these pants, I made a high-waistband pattern, and closed the waist with two wooden buttons and bound buttonholes. Even though this tweed is VERY soft, I didn’t want it right up next to my sensitive skin; I also wanted something to stabilize it so it wouldn’t stretch out so quickly. So I underlined it with the most silky, fabulously soft lining you have ever felt: J.Crew Blouse Lining. We picked up several yards of this stuff when Fabric Mart was having a $1 per yd lining sale, so I managed to have just barely enough of my portion to squeak out an underlining for these pants. Boy was it worth it! These pants are so soft and silky!
Fabric: Carolina Herrera Tweed from Mood Fabrics // Underlining: J. Crew Blouse Lining from Fabric Mart // Waistband lining: Vintage Grosgrain(?) material // Buttons: Stash // Zipper: Mood Fabrics
Hem is finished with a bias facing. All vertical seams are welt seams. Buttonholes are bound. Zipper is inserted in the Lapped method.
The waistband itself is lined with some vintage grosgrain(?) material I had on hand that I plan on lining a matching vest with. For some reason the zipper and waistband were buckling on me strangely on the day we took these photos. I don’t know what was up! The only issue with these pants is the fit. Unfortunately, though my better judgement told me I should, I didn’t add any extra ease to account for the bulk of the wool. Well, I payed for that mistake. Although the pants fit beautifully, they are the teensiest bit tight around the *ahem* derriere, so I can’t tuck anything thicker than a blouse or t-shirt into them. Botheration! But I learned from my mistake, and updated the pattern so that next time I won’t deal with the same problem again.
What have you sewn lately?
Have you ever sewn with wool tweed?
What have you done when a sewing project turned out ever so slightly too tight?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer