Friday, 30 January 2015

They don't make 'em like they used to...

Now, would you look at these silly pants? They are just so small, it's ridiculous. You would think, in 1969, that they knew how to design a flared pants pattern.

Clearly, I'm joking. These are ENORMOUS. I absolutely love them. The legs measure 118cm or 46 inches around the bottom.


Wish you could still buy patterns for 80c! The pattern is indeed from 1969. I have made these a couple of times already over the years. The blouse is nice but not really my style.

Standing flat-footed...

...and right up on my toes. Even with a 2 inch hem, these are loooong.

Like, stupid-long. They flap around when I walk and if I don't wear them with high enough heels/platforms I will trip over them.

They just have a folder-over waistband which is very simple, and a side-zip fastening. I would actually like them to be a little higher in the waist, and I want to make another pair in a very soft denim. This pair is made in a denim which is fairly stiff, so they stick out a bit.

Especially when you stand like this.

Or this (this was taken while I was attempting to pose for the first photo above. I have a lot of photos that don't usually make it to an actual blog post. I call them transitional-posing photos. I just like the weirdness of this one).

Wave your feet and your flares like you just don't care.

Not sure why I look a bit grumpy in these photos. Next time I will be all sunshine and rainbows.


  1. fun pants! fun pictures!

    i found out that shooting outfits with flarwed pants is more difficult then skirts ... pants do funny things on pictures, things you would never ever recognize in real - but caught on a photo: wrinkles, pleats, waves, bumps, dents ...

  2. Awesome pants!!! Without veering into clown costume territory, the wider the leg, the better in my books. I have short, curvy legs and skinny or overly tagged pants usually don't do me any favours (to put it mildly), so I reach for wide legged, flared, boot cut and other generously portioned pants instead at 90% off the time (I'm thinking of my one pair of fitted denim capris as the current main exception there). Besides being more becoming on me, they're fun and pretty and stand out from the sea of leggings, jeggings, and yoga pants you see everywhere this days, so that's another point in their favour for an old school style loving gal like me.

    Big hugs & tons of happy Friday wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  3. I remember how hard flares were to walk in Back in the Day. And if they were jeans, it was de rigueur to have them very long and frayed at the back where they dragged on the ground.

    Wave your feet and your flares like you just don't care ... Drain? Cause I love that song. :)

  4. Wow! I love them. I always liked Oxford Bags, the wider the better in my book!

  5. Wowza, I love those pants. I remember when bell bottoms came back in fashion in the late 90s and still they didn't have THAT much flare to them. Great job, Claire! :)

  6. These pants are so funny as you dear Claire !!! I used these type of pants when I was a child (in the 70s) and I still love you ... you brought happy memories to my mind !!! Great job !!

  7. Hey! Nominated you for the Profoundly Loved Blog party on my latest post! :)