Tuesday, March 26, 2013

simplicity 1696 pants

last year, when we weren't even thinking about Spring just yet,  the runways were full of inspiration for a few seasons ahead. As you know, I fell completely in love with the Michael Kors Spring 2013 Collection, with it's bold colors, retro shapes and fun stripes.

It’s been one delay after another, starting with not being able to find the right sateen locally. After my Denver Fabrics mis-buy, I tried Vogue Fabrics. Placed my order.

A week passed... they called me and told me they were out of stock. Maybe I sounded defeated enough to the customer service rep, because she said she was going to check the warehouse. That was two weeks ago.

Apparently, she felt sorry for me because last week, the most gorgeous sateen arrived in the perfect shade of beige. It was promptly washed and dried and is now transformed with the help of some stash red sateen and a little pop of navy sateen.





Simplicity 1696  is a great pants pattern. Slim leg, simple design. However, it has faux welt pockets. When I make my next pair, I will add actual welted back pockets. I worked a muslin to get the right fit for my straight waist/hips.

My favorite part was piecing that front panel. Easy enough to do..I just drew a line where I wanted my seam,  cut the pattern apart,  and then added seam allowance to each section. 


The fly went in flawlessly.

 I serged all of my seams before sewing them together.  

Now, just think about this. Three different colored fabrics. seams. finishing.
Lots of thread changes on my sewing machine and serger. And where two colors joined at a seam, I would have one color in the bobbin and one color on top. It was time consuming, but I'm glad I did it. 

        Oh, and my navy and red stripe top?  That would be Vogue 8536...a set of basic knit tops. I'll not likely wear this combo without a little jacket over it, but the top is pretty cute, none-the-less.

So, my Michael Kors inspired mini collection is done. Well, almost. I still may do that navy skirt with the zip up the front.

24 comments:

  1. Lynne, your pants are fabulous. I love the 3 colors, nicely done. Great job on your entire Michael Kors collection, you will love having these pieces in your wardrobe.

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  2. WOW! Your pants look fantastic! They look great paired with the red and navy striped top too. The MK collection is a great one for inspiration.

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  3. These are so cool! I love them! Nicely done!

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  4. I was really unsure about these, but man are they fabulous! And you totally rock them. :) g

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  5. A lot of work with all the thread changes- but what a result! They look runway worthy!

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  6. You look great Lynne! I have this pattern, I can't wait to get to these after the little one arrives!

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  7. FABULOUS wardrobe - those pants are awesome!

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  8. Love the pants. Especially like them with the stripe tee. So very MK!! But...I can't believe you changed the serger thread for each color!!! Looks like you are enjoying the new serger!

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  9. Great Job! Very tedious changing the bobbin and thread but worth it in the end I'm sure.

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  10. You go LynneB. So right on trend!

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  11. Lynne, you're such a groovy chic and so stylish. How awesome.

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  12. You really nailed this collection- it is truly wonderfully made!

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  13. Lynne, those pants are just so much fun- I think you will enjoy them.

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  14. Wow, I'm new to your blog, but I just love these pants. stunning!

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  15. Hi Lynne, got your reply about the overlocking - yes, it would have been tedious having to change the colour all the time - unless you used all the colours at once, which would not ahve given you the nice clean lines you seem to like.

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  16. Gotta love those pants...ANd those Shoes

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  17. Hi Nancy,
    those pants are SO cool and special - you're very talented! Happy Easter to you,
    Nina

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  18. You did a wonderful job on the color blocking project. The Michael Kors collection is divine on you. Can't wait to see what comes out of your sewing room next.

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  19. Those pants are so different. Love the colors! Great job!

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  20. Great color blocking combo on these pants. They are so fun and the red in the departing view is a nice surprise.

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  21. I just started following you and while you inspired me to try to Laurel pattern I have sitting, waiting to be sewn, this post just ...well, you ROCK these looks! They are very very flattering on you! Nice job!!!!

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