I Made Pink Pants by Accident

This was supposed to just be a test of a new pattern I was interested in. I'd say the pattern worked out pretty well. I haven't sewn the waistband or hemmed them yet, and they certainly will need a good pressing...but I may be the proud new owner of pink pants.

What do you think? Is the fit ok (try to ignore the color for a moment)? You can be honest with me. :)

If they're not a travesty, what does one wear with pink pants so one doesn't look like Barbie?

Recommendations for pear figures to wear darker colors on their bottoms may be valid. These pants make my bottom look enormous. I don't care...much, lol.

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  • Deborah replied 10 years ago

    You are such a clever seamstress Amy! Im not good at this, but I wonder if they are a bit big around the hip area?? The leg line looks good and the color is actually quite nice.. and they don't make your bottom look big :)

  • Amy replied 10 years ago

    Thanks, Deborah. They could be a bit big over the hips, or the in-seam pockets could be causing them to flare out a bit there. I'll try making them narrower there to see what happens.

  • Sveta replied 10 years ago

    Were they supposed to be slouchy? I like the fit from behind but something seems a bit off in the front: they look like bagging a bit on the side but it may be fixable.
    As for the color: I hear you on the light pants but who cares? You can offset the sweetness of pink with more neutral and masculine or graphic items.
    I am in awe of your sewing skills...

  • ironkurtin replied 10 years ago

    I am so in awe of your mad skillz! I do think these aren't as flattering as they might be in the pelvic region. All three angles look a bit unfitted to me.

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    You are an amazing seamstress!!

    And I think you would find things in your closet to wear with pink pants. They will always look fresh with white!

    But I'm not sure the fit's right on these yet. Though you would know better. It may be a question of the pressing, as you mentioned.

  • Ana replied 10 years ago

    I know it's not helpful, but I feel like something is off, I'm just not sure what it is. I think perhaps Sveta and IK are on to something. It's the pelvic/thigh region. From the way they are fitting you right now, they do look as if they are supposed to be slouchy.

  • ironkurtin replied 10 years ago

    Amy, I just have to tell you that every time I read this, I think it says, I made pink IN my pants.

    Oh honey. Don't ever make pink in your pants...

  • Amy replied 10 years ago

    heheh...I'll try to keep that in mind, IK.

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone.

    Yes, these are supposed to be looser pants...not skinnies.

  • replied 10 years ago

    Oh man, making pants is so hard! I can't believe you made a whole pair just as a test! Amazing! I like the wide waist band and the fact that the pockets are on the seam. Is that a tab waist? I think if you press them out, the perceived fit issues might melt away. If not, they only need a few minor adjustments to be perfect, IMO. Nice work Amy!

  • HelenInCanada replied 10 years ago

    Good work, Amy! I'm not the pants expert, so I'll let those ladies puzzle the fit out. It looks sloucherific fine to me!

    Colour-wise, it's kind of a salmon-pink, isn't it? I think it would look best with greys (solids or patterns). It's definitely not a look you see on the bottom everyday, but I say if you like them, play around with styling and have fun with them!

  • Amy replied 10 years ago

    Thanks gals!

    I've made the legs narrower and I think they may be a bit better if not perfect now. I'll run them past you in a few days.

    Helen, the pink does have a little bit of orange in it...so very slightly salmon in color.

  • AJ replied 10 years ago

    You always impress me with your sewing skills! I'm terrible with judging fit on others. Hopefully Angie will chime in soon.

    In the meantime, here's some pink pants inspirations:

  • Amy replied 10 years ago

    AJ, thanks for the inspiration photos! Lots of fun there :)

  • Aunty replied 10 years ago

    Amy you are so clever!!!

    I am sure you will sort out the fit. If I was wearing that colour I think I would put black or navy with it to toughen it up a bit :0

  • replied 10 years ago

    wOw, you can sew pants too, I'm in awe.
    I'm looking forward to the revised version.

  • Kirti replied 10 years ago

    I love the colour! You are so talented Amy! :-)

  • Mochi replied 10 years ago

    Haha, you accidentally produced pink pants--sounds like you were in a lab and there was a giant poof!:)

    That said, and reiterating how genius a seamstress you are and how solid and well-made I'm sure the trousers are, I agree with you that pockets such as those have a tendency to flare or pop out and create an illusion of extra width. The PPL looks well-done; to me, from the rear, especially, they look a little loose (though that can be a matter of taste as well as comfort preference). I definitely think they will come in good use in a casual setting...maybe not office wear, but they're fun and obviously served as good practice for your next (non-pink) pair! PS: pink looks great on you.

  • Angie replied 10 years ago

    Amy! Count me in as another one so impressed with your skill set! And how you manage your time :)

    I think the trousers have great potential if you eliminate the side entry pockets. How do you feel about doing that?

  • teeandcee replied 10 years ago

    I love the color but agree they look a bit off in the crotch area. I was just reading a book called Pants For Real People: Fit and Sew For Any Body by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto that you might like. They do pattern fitting before actually sewing the garment and the book is chock full of fixes for all kinds of problems on ladies with all kinds of body shapes. With lots of pictures.

  • Amy replied 10 years ago

    Thanks ladies.

    Angie, I've removed the pockets. You're right. I think that improved them a bit.

    TeeandCee, thanks for the suggestion. I have that book and use it. You're right. It's a really good one. I still like to make a muslin before cutting into the good fabric. Sometimes, alterations don't work out like you think they should, lol.

    Unlike their other book, Fit for Real People, the authors instruct you to do a lot of fitting as you sew in the pants book. Even when I sew the same pants pattern over and over again, different fabrics make them fit differently, which is a good reason for fitting as you go.

  • Meredith1953 replied 10 years ago

    I can totally see teaming the pants with a flowy white top and sandals! What a talented seamstress you are!

  • replied 10 years ago

    I also made pink pants by accident recently: I washed my husband's off-white Wranglers with my neon-pink Gap tee shirt.

    He was really unhappy!

    As always, I am beyond impressed with your sewing skills.

  • teeandcee replied 10 years ago

    Amy, I haven't sewn for long but have already experienced the alterations issues, lol. I'm actually going to get the other book and had only checked this one out to see what it was all about. I don't foresee myself ever tackling pants.

    <-- Bows to your pants!

  • cheryl replied 10 years ago

    Wow, I am so impressed with your sewing ability. You can rock those pink pants with plenty of things. White, grey, and lighter neutral for summer and then for fall/winter, bright out the navy, black, even a rich chocolate would work!

  • ManidipaM replied 10 years ago

    Colour me very impressed here, Amy! Wow, those pants!

    I'm going to have to say, though, that I don't get the fuss over the colour? I recall having a pair of jeans that very shade of pink --- well, okay, it was back in the 90s, so maybe that explains the fuss. But I adored them! Remember wearing them with white cowboy shirt, grey waffle knit T-shirt, and mint and grey pullover (what would now be called colour-blocked, was then just... um... in two colours?).

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