Keeping it Cool and Colorful!

12:00 AM

In my ongoing effort to keep adding bright colors to my wardrobe, here are another pair of brightly hued trousers.  We're going to go ahead and call these Pre-Fall!
I cut the size 12 at the waist, because they're really high-waist, like really.  And graded to a 14 at the hip.  I added 4 inches to the length because I feel that wide-leg pants are most flattering on me with high heels.  I couldn't ever see myself wearing pants cut on this style with flats. 
These are probably some of the quickest pants I've ever sewn -- only three pieces: front, back and waistband.
I don't like pants that zip at the center back, so I moved my zipper to the right side.  It's just something so awkward about having a zipper there in pants.  Dresses and skirts, I don't mind.  But pants?  No thank you.
I always stabilize my zipper area with fusible interfacing.  And I'm completely lazy when it comes to changing out the thread in my serger.  It's been white thread in there for months now.  Unless the seams will be visible, I probably won't worry about it.
These are quick pants that can easily be made up in a ponte or double knit and are just as comfortable as yoga pants.
Style tip:  For these high-waist pants, I chose not to tuck in.  I don't think high-waist pants with a tucked in top is the most flattering look for me.  I wore my pants with Sleeveless Linen White Tee from Loft; and my favorite white pumps which have become my summer neutral.

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27 comments

  1. Thank you for showing the interfacing for the zipper. I am trying to remember to interface at the zipper more often. Loving the color of these pants and the idea of 3 pattern piece pants.

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    1. Three pieces is definitely a selling point for a quick pair of pants! Thanks Autumn!

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  2. Love your color choice. Very pretty!

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  3. Do you think this pattern would work in a stretch denim for a dressier jeans look?

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    1. Keep in mine that this pattern is drafted for knits with negative ease. You will have to go up on the size, but it can work.

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  4. Hi Erica, Your pants are beautiful! I want to make the same pair but have a questions about negative ease. Do you remember how much negative ease you used to get this fit? I want my pants to fit like yours. :)

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    1. Charlene, I believe it was about 3-4" of negative ease. Thanks!

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  5. very nice pants, Erica. Love the color.

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  6. Beautiful pants, the fuchsia is perfect for these!

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    1. I think I want them in red too. Thanks Levone!

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  7. Gorgeous pants. A fabulous colour for the pants. You look stunning as always.

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  8. Absolutely Beautiful..love how you styled it:)

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  9. Great looking pants and I love the color.

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  10. Ooh, I must get this pattern. I hadn't liked the high waist but I can see now that is an easy fix. Also, the seem
    Like they would be so comfortable!

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    1. You can always shorten the rise and they are really comfortable. Thanks for commenting Ines!

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  11. Your pants fit so perfectly. Did you have to make any other alterations to the pattern?

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    1. Yep. And they're all secrets! Seriously, I always blog ANY alterations or modifications I make to a pattern. That's the nature of even posting the review. Thanks Beverly!

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  12. Erica,

    Would you provide guidance on how to change the placement of the zipper from the center back to the side? I have never tried this but would like to for pants.

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    1. You're really over thinking this. Sew up the center back seam. Leave the side seam open and sew in the zipper. The waistband is one piece. Turn it so that it ends on the side instead of the back.

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