Fall Sewing No. 3 Orange Printed Pants

I finished these crazy orange printed pants just in time for Halloween last week. I didn't wear them for the holiday because I would have died if someone asked me what my costume was and I had to say, "What? You think these pants are a costume?". That said, I think these pants are really fun and I hope I get some good use out of them.

I based the pattern for these pants on Vogue V8657 which I also used during my Spring Wardrobe sewing with a knit fabric. I redrew the pattern, making the same adjustments I did for the knit pants and tapering the legs. These pants are super fast to make. There are just four pleats in the front and the waistband is gathered with elastic.

My styling here is heavily inspired by this outfit which I really, really love. Here I'm wearing my fancy new pants with:

Draped Sweater (similar here and here)
White T-shirt from J.Crew
Leather Belt (similar here and here)
Grey Booties from Sole Society

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How to DIY Jodhpur Pants

By now you probably know that I rather like funky pants. You know, the pants with little extra somethin' somethin'.  I'm not afraid of harem pants or printed pants. So, if you're wondering if I like jodhpurs, then you know the answer is a resounding "Yes please". Read on for how I would DIY this look. If you're looking for a last minute Halloween costume, just add some riding boots, helmet and a plaid jacket and you're ready to go.

How to DIY Jodhpur Pants

Step 1: Our inspiration today are the Palermo Hudson Twill Jodhpurs from Ralph Lauren.

Step 2: To make this a super easy no-sew DIY, start by getting yourself a pair of pants like these skinny moto pants. Next grab some fabric or paper and make yourself a pattern. Just draw out the shape you want, cut it out and pin it on your pants to see if you like how it looks.

Step 3: Grab some brown suede and iron-on adhesive (such as Thermo-web). Using your pattern, cut our suede and adhesive for each leg, position and iron on. Check out this mini tutorial I did for tweed elbow patches as an example.

Tweed Elbow Patch Mini Tutorial
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Mini DIY Tutorial – Polka Dot Jeans

So, you may have noticed that I've been posting a lot about polka dots the last couple weeks. Well, I have one last polka dot post for you and it comes with a mini tutorial. There are lots of polka dot jeans out there these days and a few tutorials too. I had an old pair of very cheap skinny jeans that I had almost forgotten about, so I decided to try my hand at making them over with some painted on polka dots.


fabric paint
circle hole punch 
tag board
foam brush

Alternate: Use a circle shaped foam brush rather than a circle to paint on circles.

Step 1:
Make stencil using circle hole punch and tag board. Lay jeans out flat on a covered surface. 

Step 2:
Dip foam brush in paint. Use stencil to paint evenly spaced polka dots on pants.

Step 3:
Paint one side of jeans, let dry and repeat for other side.

  • Keep stencil as flat against fabric as possible to avoid going outside the lines.
  • Gently dab the paint through the stencil with the foam brush.
  • The stencil might get wet and the paint might smear. Make new stencils as needed.
  • If you get a smear of paint, try washing it off with soap and water. The paint should not be permanent until dry and set with an iron.

My paint job is definitely not perfect but it was very fun to try out. I’d like to try using a circular foam brush sometime too. Above I'm wearing my Drape Drape top No. 3, the DIY jeans and these wedge sandals from Lands' End.

Here are some other tutorials you might find inspiring:
Bleach Dot Polka Dot Jeans from Miss P and Love Elizabeth NY
Distressed and Painted from Coxal Collaborative and SwellMayde
Mini Dots from House & Hold and Little Miss Kimberly Ann
Heart Print Jeans from My Little Secret, The Pretty Life Anonymous and The Brotherton's

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