We are so very exited to welcome Mimi G to the Sew News blog this week! Are you ready to sew some fabulous crop pants? Us, too! Mimi is joining us this week to discuss fabric selection.
If you sew, you’re probably aware that your fabric choice can make or break a garment, so the selection process is so important. For many new sewists, that is one thing they struggle with.
Aside from not choosing the correct hand, you may also pick a print that doesn’t work well with you after you get it home. There have been many times when I buy something online or at my local fabric shop, and then when I decide to sew it, I realize I hate the print altogether and have no clue why I purchased it. Those are some of the reasons why when I design a new pattern for my Simplicity collection, I try to make that design work in many different fabrics.
The pants in the April/May issue of Sew News, Simplicity 8093, are one of my favorites precisely for the reason I mentioned above; you can make them out of just about anything depending on the look you are going for.
For example, if the look you’re going for is more structured, utilitarian or even casual, you could choose to make them out of denim, mediumweight linen, twill or even a scuba knit.
You could quickly change even the style of the pant by adding topstitching and side pockets.
On the pattern envelope, I went with a flowy more relaxed look because the overall feel of the pattern cover was meant to be softer and feminine. One of my favorite fabrics to work with is rayon because it’s easy to work with, not as fussy as slippery fabrics like a charmeuse and softer than cotton. It has so many possibilities that it seems to be a go-to fabric for me. Rayon blends are also a great option for a more fluid pant. A few other choices would be a jersey knit, crepe and even a satin for a fancier look. I also plan to make these in a lace.
Have fun with your fabric and know that no matter the fabric choice you can, and will make an excellent pair of pants using Simplicity 8093! I can’t wait to see them so please make sure and tag me on social media @mimigstyle.
And tag us, too! Use @sewnews and the #sewalongwithsewnews so we can see your makes! Join us next week as we talk tips for sewing with sheers and for adding a lining.