June 16, 2008
Three fixed, four hemmed
I've come to (begrudgingly) accept the gaping waistbands of most store-bought pants. I also fully understand that (annoyingly) most store-bought clothes must be altered before I can wear them. (Also, my mirror could use a little Windex, I know.)
But tell me, am I the only one who sees a gazillion poor choices all rolled up into one crappy pant over here? Poor choices above and beyond gaping waistbands and simple alterations.
- Flap pockets for the bum-endowed.
- Flap pockets which don't lie flat against the body.
- Flap pockets which have hidden swaths of fabric and a button, to ensure that they stick out regardless of ironing, flattening, patting (by you or others), etc.
- The button and its fabric encasement? Yeah, you can't operate that while wearing the pants, unless you have spider-like fingers (or have had a drink or two).
- This monstrosity attached to a thin, summer pant, thus defeating the flowing, carefree silhouette.
- All covering up back pockets sized to fit a credit card and a pocket mirror, nothing more.
So, yeah. Out went the button, and the extra bit of fabric. Then I stitched down the flap pockets and put some elastic into the waistband.
And since I shop just like Norma does, I fixed up the navy pair, too.
Followed by eliminating the drawstring in the brown counterpart to the taupe pants I showed you a few weeks ago.
By the way, those (identical) brown and taupe summer pants? They also had flap pockets at some point, with velco, no less. I stitched those down as soon as I got them.
And then I hemmed four pairs of pants.
Wide-leg Mimosa jean trouser from Lucky Brand Jeans. Love. Which of course means, discontinued (bastards!).
Classic Rider from Lucky. A little more slim through the hip and thigh compared to Easy Rider, and a little more flattering on the belly, since it's zippered (as opposed to the Easy Rider, which is button fly). My new favorite. I may have been about ¼" too ambitious in hemming this pair, but they're perfect for flip-flops and flats.
The 'before' photo is more of a work-in-progress, so please use the pant leg without pins for reference. Another ridiculous item from the GAP, though it didn't need any elastic in the waistband or flap-pocket removal, thank goodness. These super lightweight, wide-leg denim pants came with an itsy-bitsy 3/8" rolled hem. Of course it looked ridiculous and didn't give the leg opening any movement or substance. Since I needed to shorten them anyway, I gave them a nice 1.5" blind hem. Much better.
I didn't manage to take a 'before' for these cotton pants. The only pair left in my size was "long" so I chopped off, like, 3 inches. I trust you to use your imagination. Amazingly, other than the length, this pair fits great!