Holiday—Or Anytime—Brocade Pants

 

Festive Attire

Holiday Casual

Tacky Christmas Sweater

Creative Black Tie

I’m only clued in to one of the upcoming holiday invitation dress codes, but surely my new brocade pants will suffice for one of these categories!

When I walked into Mood Fabrics NYC last month, my eye went directly to the enormous wall of brocade and quickly spotted a lovely red and cream DVF brocade. Being a lover of brocade slacks I immediately bought two yards and just completed my new holiday pants. Editor’s note: MoodFabrics.com has tons of brocade fabrics.

Christmas in the Bahamas anyone?!
Slim brocade pants made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC and a StyleArc pattern.

Just kidding about the Bahamas.:) But due to the fabric, the pants can be dressed up,

Slim brocade pants made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC and a StyleArc pattern.

down,

Slim brocade pants made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC and a StyleArc pattern.

or somewhere in between. :)

My pattern is Style Arc’s Willow Pants which I sewed earlier this year in brocade. Any pant described to look ”amazing worn with heels or with flats” is my kind of pant AND it sits on the real waistline!

Since I’ve ordered four pieces of brocade over the last 15 months I have learned that the hand and texture vary enormously among brocades. This brocade is soft and drapey, so I underlined the pants with silk organza to provide added stability -no saggy knees or wrinkling after sitting! Underlining with organza brings other advantages to the sewing process too, however.

I cut the organza first marking the stitching lines, grain lines and other notches. (Style Arc patterns use 3/8″ seam which I forget about at times.) After placing the organza on the fashion fabric I simply cut, basted the two fabric together and sewed following the pattern instructions. No need to mark on the fashion fabric!

It’s a great pattern to showcase such lovely fabric.Slim brocade pants made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC and a StyleArc pattern.

I’m digging the pants’ split cuff too.

I’m delighted to have completed first holiday garment while I work on others that will require time, patience and many of the luxuries that disappear as the holiday season approaches. Stay tuned for more brocade!

Until soon!

15

Comments


  • SunGold
    November 5, 2013

    I just finished a pair of lightweight wool pants that actually fit, so I’m looking for a good fabric choice to do another pair. It never occurred to me to use brocade for pants. The brocade you’ve chosen doesn’t show up as brocade in the pictures, but it appears they have a lovely drape. Aren’t they awfully stiff? Do they wrinkle?

    As always, your styling is impeccable. Love your blog.

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 5, 2013

      Thank you, Sungold! That’s what I meant when I spoke about the variations in brocade. This brocade was so soft that I wanted it stiffer – which is why I underlined with silk organza. I made a pair of brocade pants last year that was stiff but not excessively scratchy – perfect for pants!
      I love brocade pants – great colors, designs and weight! Hope you will give it a try :) :)

  • Carolyn
    November 5, 2013

    Sarah – these are lovely! I’m always inspired by your brocade pants but a little too chicken to put brocade on my own body…well as pants! *LOL* Can’t wait to see the other brocade pieces you bought made up!

  • Ginger
    November 5, 2013

    Wow! These are lovely! The fit is just great, and who doesn’t love pants you can wear with heels or flats?! I’m curious– how did you finish the seams?

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 5, 2013

      Thank you Ginger! I serged the edges of the underlining and brocade together before sewing and pressed the finished edges open.

      • Ginger
        November 6, 2013

        Makes sense! Thank you!

  • Amy
    November 5, 2013

    What a great pair of pants! I have a couple yards of brocade that I had wanted to make into pants… before my waist started growing! I’ve been trying to find other ways to use the brocade, but perhaps I just need to be patient and hold out until I can fit into normal pants again – these are just too fabulous not to want my own pair!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 5, 2013

    You’ll be back in normal pants in no time so save that brocade and make yourself a pair to celebrate the return of your waistline!

  • Lauren
    November 6, 2013

    Ooh, Sarah, I want to be you when I grow up. You’re so fabulous and chic in everything you make and wear. Including these brocade pants, obviously. Love them!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 6, 2013

    LOL! Don’t grow up – seeing your cute indie patterns bring back memories of my glory days! Grown up clothes aren’t nearly as adventurous :)

  • Amanda S.
    November 11, 2013

    These are cute!

  • Marguerite
    November 11, 2013

    Great holiday looks. Love the booties and fur trimmed cardigan too!! Those Willow pants are really timeless -not too skinny to be dated, but very slimming. A very flattering look on you as we’re the 1st brocade pair. Now to get going on mine….

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 15, 2013

      Thank you Marguerite! Good luck with your Willow pants!