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Revamping a Vintage Style with Denim

Hi loves, 
Let me introduce myself. My name is Ashley Strickland-Horne and I have been sewing on and off for over 19 years. I started in High School taking an elective course and then studied costume design in college for a couple of years. I was on a hiatus and then picked it up 5 years ago and have been having a blast ever since. I was excited and honored when I was asked to join the Minerva Maker team. This is my first post. One thing you’ll learn about me is that I never shy away from a challenge so tackling a pair of pants… yes please.
Where did your inspiration come from? You ask. I went on a series of trips to visit friends over the summer and stopped in Chicago, where I grew up. I was raised to dress up for events, but that doesn’t happen as much now that I live out in Arizona. Everyone dresses very casually. It definitely took some adjusting from my upbringing. To compromise I try to meet in the middle with either dressier tops or pants. Instead of making the traditional pair of jeans I went for wide leg pants. I selected this chocolate stretch denim fabric that I received from Minerva. The color gave me a vintage vibe so I styled it in that way. I also styled it in a more casual setting to give you some ideas how you can wear it in every day life.
I rarely make a pattern as is and always find a way to hack them. That’s the beauty of patterns, right? They are just a foundation for you to express yourself. 
Here’s what I did to make it my own. 

Pattern Description: Misses’/Women's Pants, Unlined Coat or Vest and Knit Top

(Click here to find Simplicity 8177)

Pattern Sizing: I cut out size 18, stitched at 1/2 inch instead of 5/8 inch on the side seam lines to allow for comfort and fit. I really didn’t want to go up a size since I have been losing weight.

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Fabric Choice Options: Crepe, Faille, Gabardine, and Linen types.

I felt the Denim Fabric was light enough to get away with using it. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes, it did with some minor alterations.

Are the instructions easy to follow? No there were a few times that I got mixed up. I tried to watch the video by itself, but there are some steps that aren’t discussed in the video like needing to leave enough room on the top for the hook and eye. Also, it wasn’t made clear that the underlap was to be turned and pressed at the top before it was added to the jeans. I had to read the physical directions for that. So if you are new to sewing make sure to follow the paper guide. I would read it all the way through to make sure you understand everything before you begin.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that they were wide leg. It has been so hard finding wide leg jeans in stores so to be able to make a pair has been great. The pants are comfy and on trend for Spring 2020, which will be all about pleats. #Winning

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 

  1. As mentioned earlier I made the seam allowance 1/2 inches instead of 5/8 inches 
  2. I also top stitched all around the waist band to give it a little more of jean look.
  3. I also nixed the idea of cuffing my pants because it made me feel like I was short.

Would you sew it again? Heck ya! I plan to try linen next time.

Until next time… 


Ashley @introvertstylist

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