It's so nice to be back out in the world. On June 30, I completed my two week waiting period after my second shot and the same day, a bunch of restrictions were lifted. Since then I have been relishing seeing people in person and just getting out into the city!
One very special treat included getting together with my friend Jason who is a great photographer as well as a great hang and just all-round lovely man. We had a great time haunting the alleys around St. Lawrence Market and I'm thrilled with how the photos came out!
These pants are based on some ready-to wear silk pants that I bought from J Crew back in the fall. As soon as I got them I started thinking about making my own version.
|The ready-to-wear pants that I copied.|
When I spotted this delicious Gucci fabric from Darrel Thomas Textiles I knew it would be the perfect match. Okay, also, how do fabric stores get their hands on designer fabrics? I would have thought that designers would just destroy anything they don't use, in order to keep control over their image and market. Or is this just "Gucci" and not Gucci? If anyone can enlighten me, I'm super curious!
Let me tell you, this is a deeply extravagant fabric. It looks delicious. It feels incredible. It has just the right amount of drape vs body. I am in love.
Naturally the process of actually making the pants was terrifying. The fabric is so expensive, and sold by the panel so I knew I only had one chance to get it right. Even then I had to do some piecing together to make the hems work (the stripes were right on the edge of the panel, so there wasn't enough fabric to turn up to make the hem without stitching extra pieces on. I was sweating).
Luckily, as I've gotten older, I've developed more discipline in making test garments and practicing techniques before just jumping in. With this project in particular, I was tracing the pattern from a finished garment, and I'm so glad that I ended up making a couple of muslins to make sure the fit was just right.
I also spent a tonne of time figuring out how to construct the pocket. I really liked the inseam pockets and the side seam piping of the original ready to wear garment but I had never made a pocket in this way before so it took daaaaaaays of trial and error and then practice to be able to make these pockets with enough confidence to do it on my actual fabric. The RTW technique, from what I can tell, is really different from the "home sewing" technique but I really like the result of this technique i just learned. Definitely going to use it more!
I'm so glad I put in the time! I'm about to show up overdressed to a LOT of brunches.