To say the least, the last two years have been a challenge and we all missed the fellowship with family and friends. As the world began to open up, Valentine’s Day was coming, and I thought it was an excellent opportunity to celebrate. With that thought, I decided to create the hashtag #sewlovefellowship. The idea is to create an event, big or small, for family and/or friends and make something special to wear. Ann wanted to participate and decided to cook Valentine’s dinner for her husband and kids.
Ann’s event was a stay-at-home dinner. She needed a comfortable outfit to cook in but still looked fashionable. We both agreed on pants, and I wanted to include the cut-out trend for the top. After looking at different inspirations, this was the top I selected.
Drafting the Pattern
Ann traced a top from RTW and I suggested adding a seam to the center front instead of the asymmetrical front. This would make it easier to adjust the front cut-out.
Ann had a remnant of the royal blue ponte knit from her one-shouldered dress and used it to make a muslin. More ease was needed. Tip: Ponte knit is stable and will need more ease than a jersey knit. Use 1″ seam allowances to make adjustments.
The pants are Ann’s classic black trousers with an elastic waistband instead of a fly zipper.
Ponte knit is one of the most versatile fabrics available! It’s machine washable, comfortable, with good stretch/recovery making it a great choice for a Mom-on-the-go. Red is one of Ann’s best colors and the color of love and Chinese New Year. See all fabric and notions here.
A 14″ zipper was needed in the back because of the stand collar.
Ann used knit stay tape where she wanted more stability.
Small slit in the sleeve to mimic the front cut-out.
Ann used a catch stitch for the hems.
Red Ponte Knit, RTW Skirt/Coat, Classic Trousers
Ann wore the pants on a spring break vacation and said they meet all the requirements for her lifestyle. She ❤️ the versatility!
And as Ann always says, “I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.” 😉