Viscose Harem Pants


This little pair of harem pants started out as an off-the-shoulder peasant dress. Basically, I succumbed to a trend which does not look good on me, realized my mistake, and then turned to another trend that does not look good on me as the solution.


Ruggy is not happy with my choice.


I’m actually not a fan of the look of this shape either. But the first time I made a pair of harem pants and tried them on, the feel of them was like the heavens opened up and started singing. Or maybe it was just the musical kids at rehearsals, since I only wore them in Texas, when I was away for work, far from Ruggy’s pained eyes. I reserve my Ruggy Repellant for when miles separate us, kind of like a consolation prize, I guess. See: here; and here.

Joyously, the only thing separating us at the moment is our odd hours at the gym. When his workout time rolled around, I took the opportunity to don these and shoot them by myself, because I love my man, and I know which ensembles are better done solo. Alas! His workout was truncated, and upon my return, he greeted me at the door with one word: NO.


At which point I gave him a nice, leisurely sway of my viscose clad hips, to the tune of The Girl From Ipanema. And then he really started wailing.


Now listen, it goes both ways, there are plenty of items in his closet that don’t float my boat. I am thinking in particular of a dusty mauve, hole ridden, oversized T shirt that gives him a…pallor…like all the lifeblood has been replaced with antifreeze. Not a good look. But we bear each other’s eccentricities.


And I couldn’t bear giving up on this fabric! I’m shocked it’s still on the site! I found it by searching “panel prints” one evening. A digitally printed dreamcatcher print in viscose? Yes please.

Those dreamcatchers on my hips used to be center front & back of the peasant dress. Would that I had photographic evidence of said dress! It might make Ruggy feel better about the pants…


But I tell you what: they are SOOOOOO comfortable. I don’t care if the final product gives me junk on both sides of my trunk!!! Still, these might be reserved for Girls Night and Rehearsal Wear.

I’m okay wth that. I LIKE specialty clothing.



  • Denise
    July 3, 2016

    Very cute! Is this a self draft or did you use a pattern?

    • oonaballoona
      July 5, 2016

      wellllll…..i wouldn’t go so far as to call it a self draft ;). i simply googled harem pants, and free handed the shape on the fabric. it’s basically a trapezoid with a wide curve on the bottom edge, from leghole to leghole.

  • Debbie Iles
    July 3, 2016

    These are great! I think the print disguises the harem design. I love the lines of the arches on the print and how they curve up and in. Almost looks like some artsy skirt/shorts/not sure, but good.

    • oonaballoona
      July 5, 2016

      you know, when i looked at the pics, i thought i had a weird yoke wrinkle where there was no yoke, and i realized it was the print! they disguise…and trick as well…;)

  • sallie
    July 5, 2016

    I’m a fan!! Come on down to Texas again and we can pal around in man repellant pants together!

    • oonaballoona
      July 5, 2016


  • Fiona
    July 8, 2016

    Queen of the prints strikes again!