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Jul 4, 2017

Peter's Patriotic Pants!


Readers, it's been a while since I've sewn something totally frivolous and fun.

See that fabric up top?  It's part of a four-yard piece of vintage red, white, and blue cotton canvas I picked up a few years ago at the Chelsea Flea Market.  After my fitting with Val last Friday, I decided to treat myself to some completely selfish sewing and to use some of that great vintage fabric.

A day and a half later -- ta da!  Just in time for the July 4th holiday.


I made these jeans using Kwik Sew 3504, a pattern I've used many times before.  This time I narrowed them a little more in the hips and leg for a somewhat leaner look.


I didn't have to buy any special notions for this project.  I even found a white metal zipper in my stash -- not even sure where that came from!


I had these great old buttons I wanted to use on the pants but they were really too small for the waistband (I ended up using a large white plastic one).  I may save them for a jacket I hope to eventually make with the remaining yardage, which is substantial.  Aren't they perfect?


I totally love these pants.  I was going to add belt loops but then decided that I'll never wear a belt with these: it would cover up the cool waistband.


I made the front pocket bags out of a cotton gingham remnant from my stash -- the very same fabric I used on one of my very first sewing projects, a pair of men's gingham boxers, eight years ago.


A few more red,white, and blue pics for you patriotic types.  The shirt and jacket are both me-makes as well.




I hope all my American readers are enjoying the Independence Day holiday today and please be careful with the fireworks.

Have a great day, everybody!


25 comments:

  1. stunning, and such a good fit Peter!

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  2. Did you find people forming a parade behind you? These are beautifully blatant patriotic pants!!

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  3. Perhaps only in NYC. (I do recall my mom had a rather fabulous, star-spangled, red, white and blue pantsuit for the bicentennial, with matching hat. Your pants took me right back there, for good or bad, who can say?)

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  4. Love them Peter - they make me smile!

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  5. Well, I loved seeing a post from you again. The pants are right up your alley. I could never wear something like that but.. I admire the fact that you are working on wedding dresses!! congratulations!!

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  6. Remnants with a history--perfect addition to these pants!

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  7. Love them, Peter. Fab fabric, fab fit.
    Happy Independence Day to you and the fam.
    Spud.

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  8. I love these pants and that white banded shirt is a perfect match. Happy 4th of July!

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  9. Wondering what the rest of the fabric will end up as. Indeed wonderful.

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  10. You are a yankee doodle dandy!!! And pull it off, bringing joy to your readers. I do wish your photographer would capture a couple bystander expressions for some of your more- colorful! creations.

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  11. Fun! I agree - definitely a yankee doodle dandy!

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  12. your posts always make me smile, thank you. was Michael in basic black? i'm looking forward to the wedding dresses. thanks to your clients for letting us peek.

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  13. This made my day! You look great in those amazing pants!

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  14. Outstanding! And the fit is perfection. I think statement garments like this should be in every wardrobe. Excellent motivation to not gain weight! ;-)

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  15. I liked the waistband cut along a stripe on the lengthwise grain. That detail really works for me.

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  16. I made a vest with a similar theme. I'll text you a photo.

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  17. dear Peter,
    great fun project and outstanding craftsmenship as usual. Which patter did you use for the jacket? I like the pattern very much and the structure of the fabric!
    Greetings from Rotterdam ...

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    1. I used Butterick 4362, which is a vintage Seventies men's jacket and pants pattern. You may be able to find a copy for sale online somewhere. I narrowed the collar to give it a more contemporary look.

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  18. Fun fun fun outfit. Love the waistband.

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  19. Peter, I just went back again to look, especially at the vintage buttons that you did not use. Large plastic buttons can be "blah" if they are very shiny (can't see yours in the picture) and often do not want to match anything because they reflect whatever color is nearby. If I buy them, I do a very light sanding with very fine grit sandpaper. Really improves their character. The surprise zipper was given to you by the Sewing Fairy who rewards us for great work. Remember all those goodies you have found in your fabric stash and cannot remember buying? I like her -- and she pays much better than the Tooth Fairy. Hope you enjoyed the 4th.

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  20. Great stripe placement, Peter!

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  21. I LOVE patriotic fabric, & I smiled all the way through your post- thank you!

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  22. Those strides are the biz! Perfect buttons and I love the hidden gingham facings too. It would make me so happy knowing that, every time I put my hands in my pockets! :-D

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