Summer Viscose Harem Pants Simplicity 1887
Posted on Monday the 14th August 2017 by Sew Sarah Smith
I made these pants back in June as part of my ‘sewing for summer’ plans and they’ve certainly had a lot of wear…though not too much in the UK sadly. I’d been hankering after viscose trousers for a while – they seemed to be everywhere. I’d also had a long-standing wish to make the SOI Carrie Trousers but didn’t particularly want to buy their whole trouser course just to get the pattern.
After some searching and debating, I settled on Simplicity Pattern
1887 as the line drawings are pretty similar; I really like that these have an elastic waist except at the central front which has a nice flat panel instead. The front pockets are ideal and there are several versions, including Capri length, hemmed and elasticated ankles and optional decorative waist ties. The pattern also includes a really simple skirt and shorts. I really want to have a go with the shorts too – they’re cute! I opted to make the full length elasticated cuffed version - don’t laugh, I had it in my head that a tight ankle fit would help prevent mosquito bites! I should have known from experience that this was a joke, those critters can bite through anything! Don’t bother asking me how I know!
I chose this cute floral monochrome Viscose Fabric
print for the trousers; I mainly wanted to ensure two things – one, that the fabric be sufficiently opaque for trousers and two, that the print be cute but relatively small – I wanted to avoid them resembling PJ bottoms! I was really pleased on both counts. Not all viscose prints are created equal – I’ve received fabric samples three times the price of this one that weren’t as good, making this, in my eyes, an absolutely brilliant fabric for its price! It has gorgeous drape and is wonderfully soft – it would be beautiful sewn into so many different things; dresses, tops as well as casual summer trousers.
Now, this is where the griping begins! What the heck is it with the amount of ease in this pattern? Looking at the finished measurements, I sized down two whole sizes, grading to the smallest possible size through the leg. Now, I wanted Harem pants and I know they’re supposed to be wide but even with all the grading down I still feel I could take out a bit more. For example, a size 12 relates to a hip measurement of 36” and ends up with a finished measurement of 44” I did shorten the leg by an inch but with my next pair I’d shorten again as they pool too much for my liking at the ankle; I’d also take out at least an inch through the rise because these only just escape from falling into the Grandad Trousers category!
They’re incredibly simple and quick to sew! And I got to use the fabulous Hemline Elastic Threader Guides
to insert the elastic – my days of fiddling with safety pins, which would invariably burst open whilst threading through, are over!!
So I love the fabric and actually I really do like the pattern; I just think it requires a few alterations to get the fit right, on me anyway. That said, they’ve had lots of wear – I like them teamed with flip flops or heeled sandals, meaning that the trousers can be dressed up for a night out or worn casually through the day. The fabric has made them the perfect choice for my holiday wardrobe – they’re so lightweight and breathable that I actually feel like I’m barely wearing anything…which, whilst a little…disconcerting, is extremely comfortable! I’d also consider making them again in a slightly heavier fabric to make them a little more formal.
I’ll leave you with more pics of me trying to get photos wearing them whilst on holiday, though I kept getting photobombed by this handsome dude.
Until next time, you can find more of my summer sewing Makes over on my blog Sew Sarah Smith