My husband was very generous and reluctantly gave me three pairs of his old jeans. I love well-worn denim and those jeans were very well-worn. I had a project in mind, so I was becoming a bit impatient and kept eyeing his jeans every time he put them to the laundry basket. I was actually wondering how he could wear them in public anymore and luckily he finally consented. I wanted to make Emma a pair of harem pants from soft, distressed denim.
The pattern is from an old Ottobre design magazine (Spring 1/2008), but I modified it a bit. I left out the gathers from the side seams, and since I was using old jeans I did not have enough fabric to make this from one piece of fabric like the pattern indicated and had to include front and side seams as well. I used the backsides of two pairs of jeans, since the front sides were too narrow for this project. I wish I had also added pockets, these pants would really be better with pockets!
I kind of like them, but I think these are not quite what I was looking for. I want the harem pants to be baggy, and these are not baggy enough. I think I will add elastic gathers to the side seams, maybe that will help. At the same time I might also add the pockets. I'll show you the end result when I figure it out!
Emma: Mom, I think there is something wrong with these pants.
Me: No, they are alright. Why do you think so?
Emma: Well, they are too big from the top. They are not very practical.
Me: Well, that's called fashion, darling.