So on that note, I embraced the unconventional and sewed up a pair of ‘out of the ordinary’ pants. And surprisingly, I love the result. So much so that I pushed my monochromatic work clothes aside, paired these pants with boots and strutted into work. And you know what? I didn’t worry what people thought.
These pants are Papercut’s latest pattern, the Anima Pant. When I first saw these I imagined comfy, lounge pants or exercise pants. I didn’t imagine a pair I could wear to work. But after Papercut announced their Anima competition, I was inspired to turn these comfy pants into an extraordinary work outfit.
The pants themselves came together relatively easy. I have sewn my fair share of papercut patterns and I love the simplicity of the instructions, coupled with diagrams. My only qualm with this pattern would be with the insertion of the waistband. The instructions call for sewing the waistband edge to the edge of the elastic and then rolling the elastic inside the waistband to cover the seam allowance. I tried this on my muslin, and the result was a dogs breakfast – there seemed to be too much material and I struggled to attach the bottom of the turned over waistband/elastic to the pants. It was bulky around the seam and definitely not pretty. For my real pants (the real deal), I decided to attach the whole waistband to the pants, leaving a 2” gap at the back of the pants to insert the elastic – I then pulled the elastic through, overlapped the elastic (as per the instructions) and sewed the elastic into a loop. I sewed up the gap, distributed the ‘gathers’ and top-stitched the two lines through the elastic and waistband, stretching as I went. Voila.
I am definitely happy with these pants. If you haven’t tried out the pattern, I would definitely recommend them. They are as close to wearing pyjamas as you can get. All I need is to sneak in my uggs under my desk at work, change shoes and I’m sure I can visualise myself snuggled up on the couch instead of punching away at my keyboard. A little bit of comfy bliss to counteract the drudgery of work. A definite winner.