Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Pair of Black Pants

As you know I wear a lot of jeans and leggings to work now. Also, my TNT pants pattern wasn't working after I lost 45 lbs. Well that was three years ago and in the last year I've gained back 15-20 lbs depending on what week it is. Before we get into a weight loss/gain discussion, I really just want to talk about the pants.

One of the byproducts of gaining some weight back is that my original TNT pants pattern now fits. Not the altered one that I was using when I started to lose weight (and was at my heaviest) but one of the in-between stage pants patterns - yes, that's how many times I've altered that pattern!

Anyway, when I made the Rivermont Top, I cut a pair of my TNT pants from the black ponte too. My goal was to wear the two pieces together but I ran out of time for the blog post for the Curvy Sewing Collective. However, a black pair of pants is always a good thing, so I finished them this weekend.

Materials ~
black ponte from Metro Textiles
Dritz pull elastic (I found some at SIL Threads)
black rayon seam tape

I have no new construction techniques info to add because I've made these pants too many times to count!

So here are some pictures of the pants in action worn with some of my recent makes ~

With my Vogue 8772 bow-tie blouse

With my Rivermont Top

and with a yet to be blogged top ~

Conclusion ~
I'm glad I added this pair of pants to my closet. When I need to be just a little dresser, these will work. Also I'm so happy to have my TNT pants pattern back!

The girls were here this afternoon with their Mother while she took these here is a picture of me with Miss Aleena and Miss Samantha! always more later!


  1. Looking good!

    How nice that you don't have to start from scratch again with pants!!

  2. The little girls are adorable!

  3. Those pants are a great addition to your wardrobe! Love all the tops that go with them, too!!

  4. I think you look great in your pants! I wouldn't know about the weight fluctuations without you mentioning it. Enjoy those beautiful grandchildren.

  5. Great pants and a good addition to your wardrobe for special occasions. Your grands are beautiful girls, like their Mom and Grandmom.

  6. Great pants and a good addition to your wardrobe for special occasions. Your grands are beautiful girls, like their Mom and Grandmom.

  7. I love basic black pants! Those girls are adorable!

  8. Comfortable dressy pants are one of the best garments to be found in anyone's closet. Great work on ticking that "wardrobe must" box. I particularly like the look with the Rivermont top. Gorgeous! You look fabulous, Carolyn, and those granddaughters are such cutie pies.


  9. Those pants look great with that black top!! Both tops are good but that one is out of this world to me.

  10. The question is only: how do you feel? That's the answer that matters and it's your business. And I swear I have a pair of black pants in every size I have ever been and I have saved most of them. Because I will revisit them at one point or another. I certainly have a few times over my 58 years.
    Grandchildren are your best accessories!

  11. I must be out of it but what does TNT refer to? tried and true? or is there a pattern company TNT?

    1. TNT means a tried and true pattern - one that you've sewn over and over again. You should check out the series on tried n true patterns on the Sewcialists blog!

  12. Hi Carolyn,

    My name is Abby Glassenberg and I’m a sewing blogger, writer, and teacher. I have a column in Sew News Magazine called The Common Thread and for the August/September 2018 issue I’m focusing on upending the phrase, “Not your grandmother’s sewing.” Specifically, I’m seeking out older women who sew fashionable, beautiful clothing. They could either be grandmothers themselves, or old enough to have grandchildren. Essentially I’m looking to say, “Hey, your grandmother makes awesome things and we should aspire to be as skilled and fashionable as she is!”

    Several of my sewing friends recommended that I get in touch. I wondered if you have a few thoughts to share about this phrase? How does it make you feel? Do you think it’s misguided and if so in what way?

    Thank you so much for considering being part of this!

    abbyglassenberg @ comcast dot net


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