I finished sewing another pair of Free Range Slacks, this time in the cropped, wide-leg version. I made these with the intention to wear them on the beach. They are sewn from Cestari’s Virginia-grown cotton canvas. I love this fabric. It has a soft hand. I dyed it myself in Cerulean procion dye. I didn’t have a large enough tub to get a consistent color, but I knew this going in and felt it would be okay for this project.
I left the hem raw so it would fray, though I sewed one line of stitching at 1/4” from the edge to control it.
I’m happy with how they turned out! I am glad wide-legs are back in style. These will be good spring through fall, though they won’t be warm enough for our winters. I don’t think any cotton pants, including jeans, are warm enough for our winters. That’s why I’m on a mission to make myself some wool trousers or overalls this fall.
I wrapped up my second pair of Free Range Slacks today in this medium weight olive linen from Fabric Mart. They were having a linen sale, so I stocked up. This color is a bit on the gold side, but I love it. And yes I will be wearing it just like this, with a fitted tee tucked in.
My next sew will be the Clyde Jumpsuit in indigo linen from stash. After that, I’ve got a Florence Top and a Gather Dress in more linen. By the time I’ve finished those, it should be the end of the summer and I’ll be thinking about fallish makes in corduroy and wool, but probably knitting mostly.
It’s funny I don’t wear linen in the fall, winter, or spring. I could certainly wear linen blouses or dresses under wool sweaters, but I don’t. It’s a hang up, like wearing white dress shoes only between Memorial Day and Labor Day. (Not that I have any white dress shoes.) Or not mixing metals in jewelry. I recently bought a pair of small hoop earrings with gold and silver in them as an intentional way to buck the fashion police. “Look at me! I’m wearing gold and silver together! At the same time!”
How about you? Do you wear linen during any other season except summer? Or do you have any other arbitrary fashion rules you question but follow anyway?
I finished my first pair of Free Range Slacks. They won’t be my last. Here I am trying to figure out how to wear them with my birdie tank. I realized the top was too long for this silhouette. I cut two inches off and re-hemmed it.
Here’s how I ended up wearing them. It’s fabulous to be wearing pants without any pain. I’m planning to sew another pair in indigo linen, and a couple of cropped tops to wear with them.
Pattern is Free Range Slacks by Sew House Seven. This would be a great first slacks pattern for a beginning sewist. Fabric is a mid weight black linen from stash. There’s not enough left to make a matching top, but I get to wear my birdie tank, which makes me happy.