Buying beautiful fabric is one of the most enjoyable aspects of sewing for me and I own quite a number of beautiful pieces. This particular fabric caught my eye the moment it popped up on my computer screen. I ordered it straight away, and then had to wait as it sold out and wait for the next lot to come in on back order, and then wait as it finally winged its way to me.
Now, I am not generally an over-excitable person. I read other blogs where people goo and gush over a fabric, or a pattern feature...sometimes thinking to myself...really, are you that excited about a princess seam? or a wool gabardine? or converting long sleeves to short sleeves? I know, I know...mostly I keep my grinch thoughts to myself. Now it is my turn to gush (and you are welcome to your own grinch thoughts!). I found this fabric to be so beautiful that I couldn't bear for it to make its way to the stash and lose potency. Straight from the mail bag, to the washing machine, and onto the cutting table.
All along, I knew I wanted this fabric to become a pair of wide-legged pants. The fabric is linen, so I thought that elastic waisted would be best. Initially, I was going to try a new Patrones pattern with flared legs, but I was a bit short of fabric, so I went with a pattern I had made previously. I changed it a little by adding a separate waistband piece. This was so I could have a slit in the waistband, off-centre to the front, where I could add a silk drawstring sash. I haven't made the sash yet, so it doesn't feature in my photos.
My vision is to wear these pants with a silk sleeveless blouse. I don't own that blouse yet, but my scrappy tank top fits with my vision well enough.
I could also go for a more summery vibe, by partnering them with my Tessuti Fave top (after looking at this link, I think this top has shrunk substantially since that first blog wearing...that must be why I don't wear it so much anymore...I should make a new one).
Today I wore them more casually with a linen tee, dressed up a little with heels.
The print makes me happy. I know that I will be wearing these for a long time...when the print fades and the linen distorts, I be able to keep wearing these as pyjama pants. I will be wearing these for a long time. And that makes me happy too.
PS I just saw that there will be more of this fabric available in June. Just in case you want a piece for your very own.