Black Wool/Cashmere Pleated Pants
‘Tis the season for cashmere!
And bad photography, for that matter. It’s a shame that black fabric is the worst to photograph, because it’s the best to wear.
Also, it was raining while I took these pictures, and I may or may not have have imbibed in one too many adult beverages the night before… so gimmie some slack here, is all I’m saying.
Anyway, I love that it’s finally cool enough to justify wearing cashmere on a daily basis! Or, rather, a cashmere blend for those of us who aren’t quite rich enough to go full 100%
I don’t normally follow clothing trends (beyond seeing a picture of something and deciding that I like it), but I have been a big fan of the pleated pants/menswear fashion that is everywhere these days. Despite not working anything remotely related to corporate America these days, I still wanted some fancy suit pants in a warm wool fabric. I love the Guise Pants from Papercut Patterns, and I envisioned making some in a lightweight wool suiting, that would be classy enough to wear to a nice dinner, but could still be dressed down with converse and a tshirt (yes, I am one of THOSE people).
I’ve had the pattern in my queue since it’s release, but it took me months to find a suitable fabric. I wanted something soft and fleecy, thicker than proper suiting, but with a similar drape and the same wool content. I wanted it to be solid black with no woven designs or pinstripes. The perfect fabric eventually came to me from Mood Fabrics – a beautiful brushed wool/cashmere blend that is unfortunately sold out (this is similar, minus the cashmere and with a stiffer drape). It was described as a lightweight coating, but I ordered a swatch and was pleased to find out that the weight and drape was much closer to something you’d find in a pair of suit pants. At nearly $40/yard, it was a splurge, but I wanted those cashmere pants, dammit.
I like this pattern because it includes all the elements from a cool pair of men’s suit pants, but made for a lady – with deep front pleats (that I ended up stitching down quite a bit more than the pattern suggested – otherwise, they looked too much like a diaper with my thick fabric!), slim legs that taper at the ankle, and a COMFY AS HELL back elastic waistband. For pocketing, I used some striped shirting from an old Mood Fabrics order.
I realize this is not the silhouette for everyone (depending on how I stand, I still occasionally look like I’m rockin’ a wool diaper), but it’s a fun change from the practically skintight pants I normally wear. Plus, it’s hard to not feel like royalty when you’re partially covered in cashmere