Red and Seafoam for Spring

I know it’s only February, but try telling that to my spring fever! GAH can it go ahead and get warm here already!? Since I can’t control the weather (something I’m still waiting patiently for, as well as for my own Hoverboard and Jaws 19), I can at least get a head start on pulling my warm-weather wardrobe together, yeah?

Red & Seafoam
Before you accuse me of shamelessly ripping off Lori’s red pants, I’ve actually had these planned for a couple of months. Lori just beat me to the punch, and of course hers look better (which is NOT FAIR). Figures!

Red & Seafoam
The base pattern for these pants is the Thurlow trousers by Sewaholic patterns. It’s almost embarrassing how much I’ve made up this pattern – but I can’t stop! It’s so good and the fit is so spot-on for me!

I did slim the leg down from the original flare – I wanted them to taper slightly (but not too much since the red cotton twill I used does not have any stretch!). I was a little concerned about how comfortable these pants would actually be since there is no give to the fabric, but they actually turned out pretty nice! And since the fabric is 100% cotton, they will be comfortable to wear come summer.

To narrow these down, I traced off the original pieces and just straightened the flare with a long ruler. I know this is not the proper way – hence why I have a bit of wrinkling in the back, nothing too bad, but it’s there – but it worked for my purposes. I wanted my pants to be comfortable and a little slouchy. Hopefully the cotton will soften up with increased washings – even the first prewash made a world of difference to the drape.

Red & Seafoam
To complete my ~come hither spring~ outfit, I used this amazing seafoam rayon jersey to make McCall’s 4488 (a pattern from the 70s). It’s hard to capture this exact color in my photos (look at the picture Mood has on the site, it’s much more accurate), but I LOVE IT. Pretty sure this shade of seafoam goes with every color I own. I sewed the entire top on my serger, except for the topstitching around the neckline and hems – which was done with a walking foot and twin needle.

And just for fun-
Red Thurlows
I lined my pants with this floral cotton print. Ah, I love a fun lining! Unfortunately, now I constantly want to take my pants off so I can show everyone the lining… must work on that.

Come on, spring!



  • Carolyn
    February 21, 2013

    What a great outfit – and I love the printed facings! Of course you and Lori both made red trousers – they are hot, hot, hot for spring!

    • Lauren
      February 21, 2013

      I do love me some red pants – bonus that they’re actually in style this year, ha! 🙂

  • Lori
    February 21, 2013

    First off, mine are not better, they are both great and we are so in-style! Fantastic outfit, the colors are perfect together. Great job.

    • Lauren
      February 21, 2013

      Ha! Well if you say so 🙂 Thank you!

      • Amy
        February 25, 2013

        Now you guys are making me want a pair of red pants!

  • Amanda S.
    February 21, 2013

    Great color combo and I love the fun facings!

    • Lauren
      February 21, 2013

      Thanks! Fun insides are my favorite part about sewing my clothes 🙂

  • gMarie
    February 21, 2013

    This is a fabulous outfit! love those colors together – what a way to rush Spring. g

  • oonaballoona
    February 22, 2013

    HA! i love that lining and the behavior it prompts!! you are a pants machine. in otherwords, me hero.

  • LaSandra WIse
    February 24, 2013

    I agree with Oonaballona 🙂 the floral print is wonderful and oh so girlie…im definitely going to try that..

  • Ginger
    March 5, 2013

    What a cute outfit! Love the two pieces together!