Monday, May 18, 2015

Ponti Pants

 In the end of summer sale, I scored a two metre piece of the thickest most gorgeous ponti I have ever come across, from Cotura Fashions for a very modest $6 per metre.  I couldn't get out of the shop fast enough!  I would have bought more but that was the end of the roll.  This stuff is incredible!  It has the best suck it all in properties of any ponti I have come across yet!  My aim was to make a pair of trousers that were more like jeans than leggings but have all the comfort of leggings.  I also wanted to be able to wear them to work on occasions.



 I really like the design details on My Image M1253 form Autumn/Winter 12/13.  I wasn't too sure what size to make up so I chose size 38 based on my measurements.  In hindsight I should have made a size 36 because these were massive.  It wasn't a huge problem though.  I simply made up the front panel then laid my jeans pattern on top and re cut them to match.  I did end up with a considerably reduced pleated inset but actually I don't think it is a problem.





I did briefly consider adding a mock fly and waistband but in the end just opted for a regular elastic cased waistband.  I really love the fit on these.  I deliberately kept the ankles slightly looser to avoid the whole leggings look.   I really like that if I wanted to, I could actually wear shorter tops with these as well.  I probably wouldn't but the option is always there.


Look!  No wobbly bits!

Would I make these again?  Yup, with the right fabric, this would definitely be a possibility.  I even have a vague idea of making these up as running pants with brightly coloured insets.

14 comments:

  1. These look great Andrea. The pleated panel is a lovely detail.

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    1. Thank you! The pleated panel is what drew me to the pattern.

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  2. What a great score! Wow, these are excellent pants - they look so stylish and well made, the pleats are so even and neat, and they look to fit you well too - I am totally in awe of your skills!

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    1. The pleats are even and neat but I am not sure whether that is due to skill or good fabric choice.

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  3. That pleat inset is a lovely detail. Great work.

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    1. Thank you! This pattern may well be made again in one way or another.

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  4. These look terrific. I love the pleated inset, and the curvy seams are so smart. Your fabric sounds like such a good buy. I hope you come across some more

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    1. It is nice to find a legging pattern that has little design details.

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  5. That's a great price for such a lovely ponte piece.
    Your inset makes these pants a lot better than your average leggings.

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    1. I think the insert is my favourite part.

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  6. Your pants look great! And the fabric sounds, and looks incredible. I want some too!

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    1. Thank you! I just wish this stuff was more readily available.

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  7. I love the insert feature on my your pants! They are a very flattering fit.

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    1. Thank you! Good quality fabric certainly helps with fit.

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