I have a gap in my existing wardrobe. I don’t have many clothes I can wear in public except nice work clothes. I can “tone down” many work separates by mixing them with more relaxed clothing, but after a recent wardrobe cull I realized I need more casual pieces. Most of my “not nice work clothes” have paint, bleach, worn out seams or are a weird half-wearable muslin from a failed design experiment.
That’s the point of my current wardrobe project– a collection of “nice casual” clothes with a few dressy pieces thrown in for fun. Color, durability, and comfort trump any other considerations for this project.
Both of these fabrics sit on my cutting table, sliced to pieces and waiting for the needle. I’m working with houndstooth, again! This is a high-quality polyester and cotton blend, as far as I can tell from burn tests. When my husband saw the fabric he said “Chef Pants.”
I love wearing 1940’s style wide-leg trousers in the summer for a whole raft of reasons- so I decided to make 1930’s style gauchos. The style works for me. I have a small child, which means I need to be able to get down on the ground without pulling my clothes out of shape or showing my rear.
I cut my new “chef-chos” and a red batik “Not-A-Tshirt” today. The top is based on Burda 08-2009-117 without the ruffle- just a front and back. No darts, no closure, no sleeves. I thought the simple, comfortable cut would showcase the batik best.
I keep eyeing the two fabrics on my counter- I’m itching to sew them up. First thing in the morning, I’m racing out to buy a new iron!
I’m interested to know if gauchos are currently “permitted,” and if anyone would like me to show how I drafted mine? I used the width from some 30’s palazzo pants, and the hip-waist-crotch fit from my sloper. Slanting front pockets, back zip, hip yoke.