Ginger Ski Pants
I bought myself a pair of ski pants recently for our ski holiday. Unlike most ski pants that are loose, these are fitting, more like actual trousers. The only problem is, I am in between sizes which is quite frustrating. These pants weren't cheap so accepting that the fit was off was quite difficult.
After fitting my trousers over jeans I added a waistband. I cut a straight waistband that I curved to be wider at the back than the front so that when I sit on the chair lift the pants don't ride down and cause draught issues. I then cut an extra layer of waistband at the back only which became a tunnel of sorts to contain the elastic belt. I then added belt loops as normal before creating the elastic belt which is just 5cm wide elastic that is self covered each end in Goretex with velcro attached. This then threads through the tunnel and attached via the velcro at each end enabling he waist to be adjusted depending on how many layering pieces I need to wear, clear as mud right!
To insulate the pants I cut an extra identical layer in very heavy polar fleece which I added a waterproof breathable nylon layer to below the knee and this was attached at the hem and waistband. I also made a snow skirt for each leg out of the same nylon layer, which I also enclosed in the horizontal knee lining seam and added an elastic band at the hem. To do this I measured my ski boot and sewed the elastic into a ring. I sewed it to the bottom of the snow skirt with my overlocker and then turned it over and topstitched.
The final step was to hand stitch my polar fleece lining at the zip to prevent any cold air seeping through and then adding co-ordinating snaps at the waist.
While this project wasn't without it's trials, and by that I mean the devil in this one is the fitting detail, I am really thrilled with how they turned out. The Goretex I purchased for $5 for an entire grocery bag when my youngest was a baby, the polar fleece Courteney picked up at Spotlight for $4 per metre on clearance and the co-ordinating nylon was left over from another of her projects. The snaps I bought when I ran my nappy making business, what seems a lifetime ago now. The only things I really had to purchase were the elastic, velcro and zip. Instead of very overpriced pair of rtw pants I have invested a small amount and a week of evenings and one weekend and now have a made to measure pair.