Fancy Pants Inspiration for Curvy Sewing
When I started sewing, I mostly sewed dresses for special occasions. At some point the pendulum swung in the opposite direction and my sewing became very casual. I began sewing my comfortable essentials such as sweatshirts, nightgowns, and shorts. To be very honest, except when I’m writing a blog post about sewing inspiration, I hardly even consult what it current fashion to guide my sewing as I’ve been so involved in learning construction techniques and simply mastering some basic wardrobe items. Now it is time to “level up” and go next level with our pants, shall we?
So what’s out there as far as fashion inspiration for curvy or plus sized people? Well, it didn’t take long before I took note of the tuxedo-inspired stripes on so many types of pants. Jeans and trousers, even leggings, were all jazzed up with velvet ribbon, lace insets, or simple striped twill tape. This is such an easy detail to add that I absolutely must try to replicate.
A very obvious trend is also the cropped length on many styles of pants. I assume that this is so you can wear a bootie or other sexy shoe but it does seem like these might be a little bit cold! Definitely not the kind of pant I will wear to walk my kids to school on cold mornings but they would be very fun to wear out to dinner for Preschool Mom’s Night Out (I know, my life is really exciting).
What do you think about the raw denim hems? I’m not sure they fit my personal style at this time. Like most trends, I usually come around to them eventually, but I might wait take a bit more time before I try it out. I did see one pair of jeans that had a frayed edge at the pockets. That was sort of interesting and maybe a way to take a baby step into the territory of raw hems?
One of my FAVORITE trends of the season is the wide leg pant. It makes me think of a beloved pair of black palazzo cropped pants I wore a bunch in my early twenties. One of the best takes on this style of pant I found was this cute pair of wide leg crops with buttons down the sides! I love these so much and I can think of a bunch of ways to try this trend out. I’m brainstorming one as I type this!
Side note: As I’ve been browsing a few websites for plus size style inspiration, I am finding that several stores that I used to shop before I started sewing most of my clothes have now expanded to plus size selections. Thank goodness there are more options these days but I’m still glad that I choose to sew.
My last inspiration combines two of my favorite trends—the aforementioned tuxedo strip and COLOR. Color is everywhere, but purple, teal, navy, hunter green, maroon, and red are dominating the trend. Purple pants with a tuxedo stripe? I’M HERE FOR THIS.
Want more fancy pants sewing inspiration? I’m going to link all of my posts in my kick-off blog post about #SewFancyPants. I’m going to include links there to all of the sewing and inspiration posts written by my cohosts Nicole, Loni, and Katie in that first blog post as well. So consider that the main hub for all things fancy pants!
Later this week I’m going to pick out some of my favorite pants patterns that I can’t wait to sew and pair them with fabrics from some of my favorite stores.
I hope to talk to you back here or on Instagram soon! Thanks for reading!