The Pink Suit – Lander pants and Barbara Jacket

It’s day 2 of enforced New Zealand Government lockdown so it’s a perfect time to get back to blogging!

It took me a while to be interested in the Lander pants. It was only after I saw several versions on Instagram that I decided to make them. 

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The Lander is a wide-leg high-waisted pant made in non-stretch cotton twill. My hourglass figure tends to prefer figure-hugging skinny leg pants, but the fullness of the lander appeals to my playful style personality.

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Finding the right fabric for this pattern was surprisingly challenging! I searched for a year to find the right pinky red. Which I eventually found at The Fabric Store. I was SO excited when I found the fabric that I decided to make a matching jacket using the République du Chiffon Barbara Jacket.

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My Landers are a size 10 based on my size twin Merrill. I’m always a little nervous when making non-stretch pants as there isn’t much room for error. I ended up grading the Lander pants pattern between my waist and my hips as I wasn’t one straight size. The Barbara jacket is a straight size 42.

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The sizing of the Lander pants was pretty much perfect. I have strong thighs so I had to make my seam allowances smaller to allow for comfortable movement when sitting.

This pattern comes with a button fly which I changed to a zip. I prefer to keep the attention away from my belly to the top half of my body. I used the instructions and pattern pieces from my Dawn jeans for the fly pieces as well as a short metal pant zip. I have found that longer zips on pants create an unflattering ripple in the crotch which some refer to as a lady boner.

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I used the curved waistband of the Dawn jeans which hugs nicely to my swayback. If you’ve ever worn pants or a skirt that gaps at the center back then you need to use a curved waistband they curve better to a women’s figure.

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The Barbara jacket is perfect straight out of the packet. Instead of lining it, I bound all the seams. I ended up cropping the jacket by 6 inches as I didn’t like the longer length in a heavy fabric.

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So far I’ve found the Lander pants and the Barbara jacket to be a wonderful addition to my wardrobe. Each item looks great with solid colours, crop tops, silk blouses, my favourite Maya tops, Astoria sweaters.  

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Looking forward to sharing more projects with you soon stay safe out there and use this time to do more of what brings you joy!

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