Y'all. I made hammer pants. And I love them.
And no, this is not an April Fool's prank. Now I know that these will not be everyone's cup of tea. But these pants are awesome. Awesome, I tell you! Don't hate. Whether I look like a tragic fashion victim or not, I am digging the breeze.
I made harem pants. I think I probably snorted my drink the first time I read that harem pants were a thing. What was that, last summer maybe? I am, like always, late to the party. I usually pick up on a trend when it's no longer cool. And to be fair, I am not a fan of the drop crotch. But there is something about harem pants that drew me in. I think I like the laid back, bohemian vibe. I came across this Sandra Betzina pattern (Vogue 1355) while browsing the Vogue catalog during the last pattern sale and immediately purchased it, along with a cheap poly knit to test it out. I like that this particular pattern had the drapey genie leg but without the drop crotch.
This wacky version is my wearable muslin. I made no attempt at pattern placement or matching since I was really just trying to figure out if I could pull it off. The pattern placement is not too unfortunate, I think. My muslin is a size D with no changes. This pattern is dead easy. Three pieces, three major seams. There are two darts on either hip. It was a super quick sew. The waistband uses negative ease instead of elastic-- like yoga pants.
After my muslin, I made the black pair out of the softest bamboo knit ever. I ordered several yards of this bamboo/rayon knit from fabric.com and I don't think I'll ever be able to use cheap knits again. This is seriously nice stuff. It is soft and drapey but also opaque. And being opaque is high on my list of priorities when making a bottom. I actually looked for a suitable knit at Joann's before ordering this stuff but everything there was too see-through. Anyway, I have already ordered more bamboo knits from fabric.com. Hopefully they will hold up over time.
The only change I made to the black pair was to add 1.5 inches of length. That's it. Fun, easy pattern. In case you are wondering, both pairs are really just intended to be lounge wear at home. I am still toying with the idea of maybe wearing the black pair out and about, but I need to figure out something to wear on top. They are a little bit ridiculous, I know. J likes them. He said they bring back good memories of his zubaz pants.