Holiday—Or Anytime—Brocade Pants
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.
Just kidding about the Bahamas.:) But due to the fabric, the pants can be dressed up,
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!
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!