When inspiration strikes – McCalls 7661

I love wearing my other version of McCalls 7661 pants that I knew I needed another pair in a different fabric. 

20200106_192433

I purchased this gorgeous fabric from Tessuti fabrics last February. It deserved to be made into something amazing. This fabric is perfect for pants! The Tencel makes the fabric softer/drapier than pure Linen. Personally I prefer this fabric to normal linen which creases a lot! 

20191030_071922

20190922_124525

I started working on these pants back in September at a sewing retreat I organized. Originally I had gathered the fabric with a wide waistband and tie belt like my first pair but something felt off. I put the pants aside while figured out how to make a pair of pants which I was excited to wear. 

Screenshot_20190923-221936_Messenger

I saw the above image on Instagram and fell in love with the style. My thoughts immediately returned to these pants and how I could fix them to be more like the image. I didn’t have to change much – I removed the waistband and tie and used the extra gathered fabric to created pleats. I didn’t have as much ease as my inspiration image but I tried to stick with the same pleat placement. I ended up halving the original width of the waistband and removing the tie belt to keep the same streamlined look.

20191029_124646
Internal pant finishing.

The pants feel perfect now. My only minor complaint is the front waistband on these pants rolls on itself. I want to try and avoid this in future so if anyone has any tips please pass them on. I’ve been experimenting with ban-roll and more interfacing in my waistbands.

20200106_192357

These pants have been a wonderful addition to my work wardrobe. It’s so nice to have coloured pants instead of always wearing black or navy. What are you loving in your wardrobe at the moment?

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Love these! I’m planning to make a new pair of pants soon too in a similar color. Haven’t decided on a pattern yet, though. Maybe you could try some kind of boning strategically placed in the waistband? Nothing too rigid, so you won’t get poked though.

    Like

    1. Bettina says:

      Oops, sorry! I accidentally posted this with a WP-Account I’m setting up for some freelance work :/

      Liked by 1 person

      1. No worries Bettina thanks for your comment and suggestion 🙂

        Like

    2. Oh boning in the waistband cool idea. I will do some research on this! Thanks.

      Like

  2. PoundCake says:

    Beautiful finished pants, good for you for changing them when inspiration struck! I feel like I would think “Ehh…they’re done” and just never wear them, but I can tell your revised result is great. Pleated skirts often leave me cold but I love pleated pants right now.

    Like

    1. Thank you! yes I’m trying to be better at taking the time to make projects perfect. I want to get lots of wear from my me made wardrobe.

      Like

Leave a Reply to PoundCake Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s