Striped Wide Leg Crop Pants

Mood Fabrics' Pinstripe wool twill for wide leg cropped pants from McCall's 7445

 

 

Hollywood glam, 1940′s style is how I feel wearing these striped crop pants.  I am not that good with the fashion eras but that kept popping into my head when I was taking pictures for this blog post.  I feel quite glamorous wearing this outfit.  I think it has mostly to do with the fabric, an Italian Wool Pinstriped Wool Twill.. The Mood  Website defines Wool Twill as

“Twill refers to a specific weave that features each weft yarn floating across the warp yarns in a progression of interlacings to the right or left, forming a distinct diagonal line. Wool twill is especially desirable as it is durable and hides stains well making it an ideal choice for workwear. Not only can the number of interlacings be adjusted to create a softer or crisper material, but twill in general remains resistant to wrinkles making it a highly desired material. Wool twill posses all of the natural properties of wool while gaining the desired characteristics of the twill weave.”

Here are some other choices of Mood Fabrics’ Wool Twill

As I was making these pants, I was amazed how quickly they went together.  The pattern is a Melissa Watson for Palmer/Pletsch and it is filled with fitting information and fully marked pattern pieces.  After doing measurements again, I went with a 12 in the hips and graded up to a 14 at the waist.

 

The fit is good  for the most part, just a bit tight at the stomach and that is my fault, lack of exercise of late.  I decided not to make any changes after basting the side seams and went for a walk to start the exercise again!!!  Once back I went to work on the waistband and one last fitting.

Mood Fabrics' Pinstripe wool twill for wide leg cropped pants from McCall's 7445

I did change the pockets a bit, I went with horizontal stripes for the side front (above the pockets).  My thought for this was visual interest and no matching of stripes!  I really like the look of this.

Mood Fabrics' Pinstripe wool twill for wide leg cropped pants from McCall's 7445 pocket with horizontal stripes

 

Let’s talk about this wool, it is such a nice lightweight wool with a nice drape.  This combination worked beautifully for the cropped pants.  One thing about this pattern, the waist is very high.  After several years of lower cut pants, it felt a bit different wearing these at my natural waist.  I had hesitated making the cropped sweater from this pattern but now I need to find a cute sweater knit to go with my pinstripe pants.  The high waist will make the look very age appropriate for me.

 

Mood Fabrics' Pinstripe wool twill for wide leg cropped pants from McCall's 7445

 

 

The pattern envelope recommends denim, corduroy and crepe, I am thinking I might need a denim pair.

 

Mood Fabrics' Pinstripe wool twill for wide leg cropped pants from McCall's 7445Mood Fabrics' Pinstripe wool twill for wide leg cropped pants from McCall's 7445

 

 

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Comments


  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    February 22, 2017

    These are the second pair of these pants by Palmer/Pletsch and after the first pair I saw I was tempted but seeing yours I admit has pushed me over the top! Gorgeous and what a fit they are – so flattering. I love them. Thank you for that great article on the fabric “wool twill” as well…I really didn’t know what it was but now I know I really like it!

    • Lori
      March 6, 2017

      Thanks so much, I am so pleased with the finished garment. Better than the picture in my head!

  • Diane G
    February 22, 2017

    These look gorgeous. I’ve made this pattern myself in a rust wool blend and I’m really going to have to use up some pinstripe from my stash now. It is a great pattern I agree…goes together nicely and instructions are really good.

    • Lori
      March 6, 2017

      Diane, the rust wool would be beautiful. Isn’t the pattern a great one?

  • Saki
    February 22, 2017

    What great pants! I really love that pocket detail— as you said, a clever way to avoid stripe matching, but actually really visually interesting! I’m taking note of that approach ;)

    • Lori
      March 6, 2017

      Thanks, Saki, I always like to play with the stripes or plaid.

  • Fiona
    February 22, 2017

    These are so amazing! Fantastic choice of fabric and they look great paired with that gorgeous blouse too. Great to hear a good review of the pattern too, I’m still daunted by trouser fitting but if they have good advice I might give them a whirl!

    • Lori
      March 6, 2017

      Thanks, Fiona, the blouse is 3 years old and came from Loft. Once I made jeans, pants seemed easier.

  • Zeila
    February 22, 2017

    I love this look!

    • Lori
      March 6, 2017

      Thank you.

  • Cennetta
    February 24, 2017

    Lori, Love your pants. I saw them on Instagram the other day. Thanks for the heads up of the lightweight wool. I need to get some. I’ve a few pairs cut and ready to sew. This pattern appealed to me because of the style of the pockets, and I’m very happy that the come to the natural waist line. Palmer-Pletsch builds in an inch seam alloweances all the way around, which is a plus. Thank you again for sharing your process.

    • Lori
      March 6, 2017

      It is a great pattern and it is nice to have dress pants which do make it to the natural waist!

  • Peter
    February 26, 2017

    These pants look fantastic on you — the length really flatters, and I’m not sure that would be true for everybody. Great job (and fabric choice)!

    • Lori
      March 6, 2017

      I agree, Peter, it is a nice length and look but just not for everyone. Thanks so much.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 26, 2017

    Lori ~ Love your pants and the proportions are spot on! The look reminds me very much of Katherine Hepburn.

    • Lori
      March 6, 2017

      Thanks, Sarah, it is a fun pattern to make and a very different look for me.