Anima Pants meet Stripes

I stuck to my plan and have finished my casual wardrobe so far (except for the cardigan that I am still knitting).  The pants are the Anima Pants from papercut, the T-shirt is self drafted.

Tha Anima Pants are quite popular at the moment, but as I ordered the pattern I was not aware of this.  I was reading some blogs and came across the version from Devon from Miss Make which I liked very much. It was my first papercut pattern, and I ordered the paper version as I was not in the mood of printing and taping a pdf pattern. And I am glad I did. The pattern is beautifully packed and you can cut out the instructions and make them into a little booklet.

The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I first made some shorts as a muslin before cutting my good fabric. They turned out very nice. I cut a size S and did not make any changes.


2014-09-01-shorts-backHowever, I did not like two things construction wise. First, the topstitching for the faux fly has to be stitched from the left side. For my next version I marked the stitching line on the right side, so I was sure it came out correctly. Secondly, I did not like the waistband finish on the inside: the lower edge is not turned under. I did this for the long version.



I am not sure if I am happy with the fit of the long version. There seems to be too much fabric at the front crotch and the legs are quite slim so that I have the feeling the whole pants are a bit unbalanced. I skipped the cuffs at the bottom, but honestly, I do not know how that would have looked like with the legs already tight fitting. The front crotch issue might be due to my body shape as I have this problem also with other pants.



Some details of the waistband and and the inside (and I hate to stitch in the ditch…):


2014-09-01-innenThe shirt is nothing special, I changed the neckline of my basic block to a boat neckline which I finished with an elastic. The combination is very comfy but I feel like wearing pyjamas….I had planned for a second striped top, but I am not sure if I want more pyjamas feeling at the moment.

It is not as easy to stick to my sewing plan as I thought. I would really love to sew a dress now and I think I will soon. But first I need some basic shirts/blouses. And I am looking forward to sewing with wovens again.

3 Replies to “Anima Pants meet Stripes”

  1. I love that look, so cute. I want to wear it to go beachcombing.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it has a bit of holiday feeling to it.I love the maritim touch of the red/blue combination.

  2. re elastic in pants and skirts. something i learned long ago is that un-stitched elastic can shift and twist inside of its casing, which is a major pain. which ever method i decide to use, i quarter it and the pants so it goes in evenly. if I sew into a casing where I cannot measure it I always stretch the whole waist out several times until it all lies flat and looks smooth. sewing through elastic stretches it – like if you sew a row or two around – so you have to plan to add a bit more, however they do make elastic that has open channels to accommodate stitching. I always use the longest stitch my machine makes. another alternative is to sew across in vertical fashion, in which case i would do front, back and sides. My most common way is to extend the top of the pattern and make a casing without a band. My reason for this is primarily in getting both the front and back crotch seams the correct length unless i know my pattern is perfect. I tend to be short in front rise and long in back. those measurements are critical to pants that not only look good but allow movement of legs/knees as in climbing and in sitting.

    cheerio and best wishes with your purchasing fast.

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