Mint Green Pants
I made a pair of pants with mint green cotton fabric that I knew I was going to make pants out of when I saw them.
The pattern, "Quartz" from Tamanegi-kobo is described as tapered, fitting loosely around the hips and thighs, and a straight line to the hem.
I changed the hem from a double to a single so that I can fold them up, did not make the piping pockets because they were too hard for me (and I don't put stuff in my back pocket), and used a large snap button, instead of making button holes.
I found a striped fabric with the same shade of green from my stash of scraps, and used them for the pockets.
I selected pink, a color that will stand out for the inner bias part. No one will see them, but it gives you that excitement when you wear them.
It was my second time putting on fly zips, which turned out quite nicely.
So I was satisfied with the sewing part of these pants. But they were a bit tight around the hips and thighs. Yes, I should have hand sewn the sides first to check out the size.
It's always difficult for me to decide on the size of pants - my hips and thighs have volume, compared to the rest of my body. I can't wear leggings (jeggings) and skinnies without putting on a top that will cover up my hips. So I've made up my mind not to force myself to wear something that doesn't fit my proportion, even if it's the trend.
I think my body will be happier in tapered or wide pants.
It reminds me of a special feature in the popular magazine VERY (a magazine targeting women in their 30s with kids) that was titled something like "I can't wear skinnies".
So of course I'm not the only one in their 30's who is feeling uncomfortable in something very tight.
It's a great thing if you can go on a diet or training program to tone your bod. But if you are healthy and happy, why not be more positive about what you already have, and chose clothes that will make you look attractive?
Or do I just sound like I am making excuses?