Monday, June 9, 2014

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

I actually did some of the sewing homework I gave myself, and over the weekend I made a pair of Papercut Patterns' Anima Pants. And it was a good thing I did.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

Right now, I'm mostly working from home. When I am home, I like to be comfortable. I also feel that I must ration my 'cute' outfits and wear them only on days that I have engagements with the outside world. Otherwise it's a waste.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

My pants that would qualify as home pants, though, mostly include pajama pants, and a lone pair of little boy's sweatpants that I chopped off at the knees. I can clearly see a path that leads to me one day ordering Pajama Jeans from a late night infomercial, deluding myself with visions of successfully convincing people I'm actually wearing jeans, my judgement clouded by my limited contact with society.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

Let it be said that I do not support the pajama jean, but I understand it.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

These pants for me are like a good pajama jean, and I mean that in the best way possible. I haven't taken them off since I finished them. They are so comfortable - I mean they're really just sweatpants - but they look like something more. They look like I tried.

I can now have a full day of home-lounging, and then walk to my mailbox with no shame.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

The pattern came together great. The pdf is only 25ish pages, so assembling it was no prob. The directions were simple but clear. I like the faux fly detail, but it would also be easy to take it off it you really wanted to bang these out.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

Please excuse the pants fuzz in these closeups. I live a high fuzz lifestyle.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

For reasons that are hopefully obvious, I chose not to take a picture of my stripe-matching total domination moment that occurred at the center crotch seam. [But you can see it on Instagram.] Apparently though, by the time I got to the top of the butt I had used up all my stripe-matching mojo. Oh well.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant

I also kept wanting to pull them up like in the picture above, but they didn't stay. Maybe next time I'll shorten them a little, or just make the cuff a little tighter. I dunno.

For those interested in sizing, my hips are 38.5" and my waist is 27.5", and I made the small. I just sized the elastic around myself instead of cutting what the pattern said. I'm very happy with the fit. I HAAATE when pants like this are too tight, but these feel great.

One thing to note is that the waistband takes 2" elastic, which you might not already have in your stash [I didn't], but The Fabric Studio happened to have it. That's also where I got the fabric, a thick double knit. Score!

This pattern is a keeper, and I'll be making more for sure.

15 comments:

  1. They look great, love the contrast pocket facing..... And jeans pajamas....troubling yet strangely alluring at the same time!

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    1. thanks! and yes, pajama jeans...it's the only pant you'll ever need!!

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  2. Those are so cute! I'm in awe of your stripe-matching prowess. I think everyone needs cute-but-comfortable clothes like that because, let's be honest, who actually gets all dolled up in a skirt and shoes to be productive when they're working from home? I always see interviews with people saying they get all dressed up and put on high heels when they work from home to make them feel more productive and I want to be like...who are these women and how can I get me some of that dedication? Yoga pants are fine for me right now haha

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    1. oh my goodness! I feel ahead of the game if i manage to put my contacts in. no daytime heels in this house! :]

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  3. Ummm these are so cute!! I'd want to make a pair in black to wear to the office!! Hehehehe.. Question: is the 2-inch elastic waistband comfortable? I was considering a maxi skirt pattern the other day, but noticed it requires 2-inch elastic, and didn't know how comfortable it might be (it's also worth nothing that I'm planning my wardrobe around a growing baby bump, so taking that into consideration, as well - I'm not sure how well that thick of a waistband would sit over a round belly). Thanks chica!

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    1. I personally think that wider elastic is more comfortable, because to me the narrower the elastic, the more it feels like it cuts into my sides, and the quicker is becomes a muffin top situation! But I understand that elastic feelings are totally personal! If you wanted to make it narrower it would be super easy. The waistband is just a rectangle, so if you're using narrower elastic, you would just subtract the difference in the elastic width twice from the width of the pattern piece. [You subtract it twice because it's folded over.] So if you wanted to use 1.5" elastic, you would subtract 1" from the width of the pattern piece. You would also then want to make sure you give yourself new marks for the drawstring buttonholes and topstitching. Or you could just skip the drawstring.

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    2. Oh wow!! Thanks so much for the tip!!! I had an epiphany this morning - do you think the skirt portion of the Moneta skirt would work as an elastic waist skirt? It's just like the maxi skirt pattern I had an eye on (this one: http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6931-products-48277.php?page_id=113), but would be made out of jersey (i.e. more comfy). I'm thinking of trying the pattern hack once the sewalong is over. I'll bookmark your tips on elastic, they will come in handy if I decide to tackle the Moneta skirt project!! Thanks so much!!! :)

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  4. Very cute! I have that fabric too and made a top and a skirt, love it. I think the pants look adorable on you and now I wish I had even more of the fabric! Nancy at the fabric studio is my cousin and my BFF (best fabric friend) so maybe I shall get more. Hope your classes are going well!

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  5. So cute! I have an embarrassingly large collection of just-about-outside-accetpable work at home loungewear - I've made three pairs of True Bias' new Hudson pants which are very similar to these. But I love the faux-fly on these. You've also made me want a 3/4 length striped pair!

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  6. They look so comfy! I bought the pattern I really need some good sportswear, I actually bought a lot of their patterns, but hey, finally I'll have some active wear that will actually fit! whoop-whoop!

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  7. These are super cute! I also work from home these days and I enjoyed your thoughts on rationing cute outfits. When I'm staying home, I try to always change out of pj's and then usually wear shorts to stay cool and comfy. If it was colder out I would totally be wearing sweats or leggings. I actually have fabric cut out to make the Hudson pants. I'm hoping they'll be a nice stay at home but still look cool outfit.

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