Apparently I’ve been reading too many style and ethical fashion blogs lately, because over the last few months I’ve developed a mild obsession with the Jesse Kamm Sailor Pants! Unfortunately, the price tag makes my eyes water. Believe me, I know that responsible manufacturing doesn’t come cheap, and I love supporting businesses that value the workers at all stages of their supply chain, but on a stay at home mum salary (haha!), I sadly just really can’t justify a pair of USD$400 pants.
Luckily for me, however, I possess the skills to make my own clothes! And when Anna Allen Clothing came out with the Persephone Pants, they shot immediately to the very top of my must-sew list!
The pants are inspired by the sailor pants of the 1940’s. They have a super high waist, wide legs and no side seams. It was this lack of side seams that made me super curious about the fit of this pattern. How do you fit a pair of pants with no side seams?!
It was with this in mind that I started off my journey towards dream sailor pants with a pair of the View B shorts to test the fit. I actually should really take pictures of the shorts, because they’re lovely!
I ended up making a straight size 6 for my muslin. Often my waist and hip measurements fall into different sizes, so I was pleasantly surprised when my measurements suggested a straight 6. The fit on my shorts was fantastic, so I immediately planned my pants.
I had a decent sized cut of heavy cotton twill that I had picked up at a local thrift store. I had originally mentally bookmarked it for a pair of Lander Pants, but all thoughts of that jumped out of my head as soon as I saw the Persephones! The colour is a sort of dark teal, which in honesty I wouldn’t have chosen if I was buying new fabric off the bolt, but in fabric I thrifted for the grand total of $2.25? I’ll take it! I actually quite like the colour in truth. It’s got colour without being in your face about it.
For the pocket lining I used a scrap of Cotton + Steel quilting cotton which picks up the teal of the pants beautifully. (It’s a bit hard to see in this photo as it’s the wrong side of the print)
As with my shorts, the fit on the pants is pretty great. I do think they could stand to be slightly snugger around the fly area, but I have a feeing that it isn’t a sizing issue, but rather a button placement issue. I managed to slightly mess up the placement of my buttons in the button fly and the waistband, so things should be cinched in ever so slightly more than they are. (They’re jeans buttons, so moving them isn’t an option!) I have toyed with the idea of trying the size 4, but to be honest these ones are very comfortable and I worry that I would wear them less if they were tighter in this heavy rigid twill.
Overall, this is a fantastic pattern and I’m already planning at least two or three more pairs! I’m thinking white denim, heavy linen, and maybe a blue denim as well …
To finish, you’ve got a two-fer in this post! The top I’m wearing in these photos is new as well. Of course it’s the Maya Top pattern by Marilla Walker. I’m pretty sure I’m the last person to make the Maya, but what can you do?!
For my first Maya I actually made a couple of changes. I substituted the neck facing for self bias binding, as I’ve used facings with this linen before (on my Hadley Top) and been unhappy with how they show through. I also swapped the armhole facings out in favour of cuffs as I’ve seen many do lately, but to be honest I’m not entirely happy with how they turned out. I’ll need to play with them for sure if I try the cuffed sleeve hack again.
I love this shirt. It was super quick to make, and only used a little bit of the white linen yardage I brought back with me from Jakarta. It reminds me of the Elizabeth Suzann Georgia Tee (if only the cuffs were a bit bigger), which is really just further evidence that I’ve been drinking the ethical style blogger kool aid, haha!
I can definitely see more Maya tops in my future! They’re the ultimate basic woven top. Thumbs up!
(PS. Apologies for the photos … I committed the cardinal blogger sin of wearing my clothes before photographing them! Haha!)