You might remember that after I made my first pair of Persephone Pants I mentioned wanting to make more more more! Well here’s my second pair!
I loooooovvvveeee the fabric I used on these! It’s a designer overstock stretch twill that I picked up at Clear It a little while ago. I had initially earmarked it for a pair of Lander Pants, but then the Persephone Pants happened and plans changed. It’s a gorgeous fabric. The colour is perfect and the wrong side has a lovely brushed finish that makes it beautifully soft against the skin.
Since this fabric has some stretch I sized down for this pair. These are a straight size 4, with no other mods. I’m much happier with the finished product of these compared to my first pair (as much as I love those!). I paid a lot more attention to the placement of my buttons this time and it all seems to work much better.
(Crazy wrinkles! I’d already worn them out for school drop off and breakfast by the time I took these photos! Oops! Also, yes, that is some Lego lying on the floor …)
I really took my time on the construction of this pair of pants. Lately I’ve found myself stuck in the mindset of being in a huge hurry to just finish the garment and wear it, but I was so enamoured by the combination of this pattern with this fabric that I immediately wanted to slow down and make them as perfect as I can.
Why is it so hard to take photos of the back of pants?! I don’t think they look as weird and funky in real life as they do in this photo, but I guess I don’t walk around looking at my own butt, so maybe they do! Haha! No, seriously, I think I’m just standing a bit awkwardly.
I used the same fabric to line the pockets as I did with my first pair! Weirdly enough, the colours also matched this mustard nicely, and since it was already sitting out on hand I just cut a couple more pieces. I like that both of my Persephone Pants are tied together by the matching pocket fabric.
The only slight issue with them is that somehow both times when I’ve made these pants I’ve ended up with the left side of the front fly finishing about 1/4″ higher than the right. It’s the weirdest thing (actually, you can see it if you look hard in the photo above!)! I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong since I believe I’m following the instructions to a T, but it’s happened exactly the same way on both pairs. This time I was less surprised by it, and was ready to simply trim down the excess (I didn’t do that on my first pair and it contributes to a little of the extra fabric poofiness I experience around the fly area). The downside is that I really should have done it before I attached the pockets. It made attaching the waistband a little finicky because I hadn’t moved the pockets down to account for the fabric I was going to trim off. Still, it all worked out okay in the end, and I’ll keep it in mind for next time.
Overall, it’s safe to say that these pants are shaping up to be a huge success. I’m looking forward to getting some great wear out of these this autumn/winter. I’m always looking for ways to break up the monotony of wearing jeans everyday during the cooler months, and I don’t like to wear a lot of black (Horror! Am I even a real Melbourne girl?!).
Pattern: Persephone Pants by Anna Allen Clothing
Fabric: Stretch twill, designer overstock from Clear It
Notions: 4 x 1/2″ buttons (mismatched, from stash), 1 x 7/8″ button (from stash)