Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Bottoms of the 10 Yard Wardrobe

There are three bottom pieces in this wardrobe...

  • Elastic Waist Lined Straight Skirt
  • Elastic Waist Four Gore Lined Skirt (blogged about here)
  • Wide legged pants
All are made from TNT patterns.  As I previously stated, this journey is about adding pieces in a color that's missing from my closet more than about reinventing the wheel.  So I wanted pieces that I knew fit and that I liked wearing for my bottoms.  All of the pieces are lined and since I've already blogged about the four gore skirt, this post is about the straight skirt and the wide legged pants.


The Wide Legged Pants
Pattern Alterations ~
I used my TNT pants pattern but I added additional width to the side seams of the front and back pieces.  I wanted pants that were looser and free flowing to match the drapey fabric.


Construction ~
The fabric is lightweight so I knew I wanted to line them.  I did go back and forth regarding my lining options and finally decided to underline the fabric.  I simply cut lining and fabric from the same pattern pieces and then pinned wrong sides together and serged them. The pants were assembled as I normally do. I did add two inches to the hem because I've bought these amazing new red shoes that are 3" high (they have a 1/2" platform) to wear with them...


AK Anne Klein shoes & Tignanello handbag


Notions ~
Ivory bemberg rayon lining
Ivory rayon seam binding
1" soft and easy stretch elastic


Pictures ~
Since this is a bottom piece, of course it's been photographed with most of the tops pictured in the first wardrobe post so here are a few more...


Worn with RTW black tank & accessories

Pants with RTW twinset

The Flower Power Twinset
with wide legged pants

Back view of the outfit


The Elastic Waist Straight Skirt
I know there are those who hate elastic waist skirts.  Truthfully I didn't like them much either when I was younger with a smaller waistline.  But now in my well lived body, I do have quite a bit of a tummy...quite a bit! *LOL* So these work well for me.  I've been using my TNT pattern for at least the last decade and it is a staple of my spring/summer wardrobe.


Construction ~
I cut the front piece on the fold and the back piece into two pieces. These piece are underlined with the bemberg rayon lining in the same manner I used for the pants. I topstitched the back seam so that I would know where the back is without having to add a marker to designate it.  





A waistline casing of 1.5" was pressed flat and the elastic inserted.  Rayon seam binding was added to the hem and the best thing about hemming this skirt is that the hand stitching was sewn to the lining fabric.


Notions ~
1" stretch non-roll elastic
rayon seam binding
rayon bemberg lining


Pictures ~
Besides the dress, this is my most favorite piece of the collection...I will get lots of wear out of it and here's why!


RTW cardigan & tank
with elastic waist skirt

RTW twinset with straight skirt

Back view

Burda 8869 grey/black/white knit cardigan
w/RTW tank top & straight skirt 

Burda 8869 cardigan with RTW black 
tank top and straight skirt

There is only one piece left - the Burda 8869 Cardigan which you've seen pictures of in several of the other blog posts.  However, I did something different with its construction so I will share that with you in the next post!


...as always, more later!











32 comments:

  1. Wow, these look great with all the combinations. Especially like the flower power set! What a great idea to sew 10 yards and have a mix'n match wardrobe.

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  2. Very nice, Carolyn. I love to see you mix it up with pants!

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  3. Carolyn, you look so "together" in everything you wear - very glamourous, we could all take a tip out of your styling book

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  4. These all look so awesome - I am so used to seeing you in skirts and dresses, but I really love your pants! These pieces look like they will be getting a lot of use this summer, since they go so well with so many other things in your wardrobe.

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  5. Carolyn, i love your pants - you look so polished and chic!

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  6. Great outfits Carolyn. You have inspired me to re-assess my SWAP and make it mean something by coordinating the fabrics. LOVE the shoes too!

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  7. I am loving the wide leg pants. I really need to move these up my to do list once I find a good pattern.

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  8. You look fabulous as always Carolyn! You are rockin' those wide leg pants girl!

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  9. Maaking these pieces was the best decision to extend your already wonderful wardrobe.

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  10. Useful, useful useful. Excellent use of your sewing time. Exactly what most of need to do, plus you look great as usual.

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  11. Wow, your pants are beautiful! You wear skirts so often, but these pants look great on you, too.

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  12. That was the perfect color to choose for your 10-yard adventure. It mixes and matches so well with your other wardrobe pieces that it's hard to believe it was ever missing. Love the skirt, and I still LOVE that flower power twinset.

    One day, girl, you MUST show us your closet. It's got to be stuffed to the gills. :-)

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  13. Great pieces. I especially like the trousers. It's fun seeing photos of you in different settings.

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  14. What wonderful wardrobe pieces!

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  15. Now your wardrobe is what I call a succesful SWAP (sewing with a plan). It was worth taking the time to make all the pieces. I love the red shoes.

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  16. I love the pants! The styling possibilities are endless!

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  17. What a fantastic job on the 10 yd fabric. All of the items look fantastic.. I so admire the way you make a plan and COMPLETE it..
    You really amazed me, that you got so many garments , out of 10 yds..Great job.Happysewing.

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  18. Great job Carolyn. I enjoy reading your blog. I am working this year towards adding to my wardrobe and I love how you make it look so easy. You are truly an inspiration to me.

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  19. Love the versatility of the pants and skirt on you. What fun to see your creativity on display again.

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  20. The pants! I love the pants on you - especially the black tank outfit :).

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  21. I think you really got it going on, and I need to step up to the plate and get to sewing all the projects I have in mind. You're a real encouragement.

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  22. All of these are so wonderful and you look great in them. I love the idea of making the lining and the pants/skirt in one peace. You have a wonderful wardrobe.

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  23. Love all the possibilities and love me some Tignanello handbags.

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  24. As I commented before, these garments will work so well within your wardrobe. And love those new shoes!

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  25. You've certainly made the most out of 10 yards! It really was the perfect color to expand your wardrobe, though as Debbie said, I'd love to see your closet some day!

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  26. You look fantastic! Love the pants with the black top and hat. You are awesome!

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  27. You definitely been bringing sexy back in your photos recently. Love the first pic with the pants and black top and hat.

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  28. What wonderful wardrobe pieces to go with everything else. You look great and I agree with the others that the pants with the black tank and hat are great...very chic. You are such a saavy seamstress that I would definately be following your lead if I worked outside the home. Thanks for all your sharing.

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  29. You are WERKING the white!! I think the pants are my favorite!

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  30. I'm glad to see you making a straight skirt and a flared one out of the same fabric. I do that when I really love a skirt fabric, and my girls laugh. I point out to them that they are young, thin and beautiful, and they can buy anything, any time! This 10 yard adventure was a great success, because all of your pieces are great. And I love the colorful shoes with the red bag; they're perfect with the white clothes!

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  31. You always look so chic...

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  32. I love that picture of you in the black top and ivory pants with the black hat! It's so different from your usual work-wear, more sassy. Very nice!

    SueC56

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