Pattern: Pants based on Colette's Clover Pants
Fabric: PVC stretch pleather
I was pretty excited about these pants. After sewing up a few pairs of my Clovers, I wanted to branch out and make a fun pleather version for going out. I ordered the fabric in January, and just now made the time (4 hours) to make these up.
The fit was a bit snug, but I did enjoy them. The shiny fabric got some nice comments at a party with friends, and paired with those shoes they made my legs look super long. I could have seen myself wearing them on nights out that were special but not too dressy - my go-to casual look.
The PVC pleather didn't cause too much trouble, at first. I pre-washed it, and I can't remember if I stuck it in the dryer or not. With my walking foot and serger, it fed through the machine just fine. Everything went just fine, in fact, until I tried on the fit before attaching the waistband and stuck my thumb right through the fabric on the lower leg. What?! The next try-on the pants started to tear away from the seam near the same spot. I think the problem was that the plastic was coming off from the backing at this part. Maybe it's because I washed it? Anyway, I knew these pants probably weren't long for this world, but I thought I could save them for some fun times. I wore them out the next night and, while they made it through the evening, about an hour before leaving the party I noticed a big gash in the butt as I was leaving the bathroom. They were donezo!
I don't entirely regret it, as they were a quick project, allowed me to use my pants pattern, and I got at least one good wear out of them. I would like to make them up again, but definitely using a different pleather material!
Has this ever happened to you? And does anyone have any good stretch pleather resources?
And to wrap up my week of pants post: even if I wasn't successful, you might come out on top - today is the last day to enter in the men's pants giveaway!