December 5, 2017
Fashion trends truly come around in full circle! I remember when I was in high school, in the early 90’s, one of my favorite outfits was this cream-colored bodysuit and cream wool stirrup pants. Making a full circle of almost 20 years, I have seen a huge trend in stirrup pants in all sorts of fabrics.
For this holiday season, I decided to reference my own archives and create a look inspired by one of my own. My look was inspired by my favorite look from high school and so many of the stirrup pants that I see in the stores right now. Every designer from opening price point (like H&M), mid-tier (like Anne Taylor) to high end (like Gucci) has a version of the pants. When I thought about making a pair, I thought that denim would be the perfect combination for a staple.
-Straight, tapered, or skinny leg pant pattern
For this pair I used Simplicity skinny denim pattern 8222 by Mimi G.
-The denim fabric is style 0452875 from fabric.com.
-A round object (cup, glass, candle, etc.). For the purposes of these pants I used a Voluspa candle in a glass round container.
-4x pieces of bias strips of fabric
-Elastic the width of the bottom hem once sewn
-2x strips for fabric to create an elastic casing
HERE ARE THE STEPS:
- Cut the pant pattern as usual.
- Using a round object, create a semi-circle at the ankle on the front and backs of the pants.
- Stitch the bias strips along the inside of the circles. Roll hem and topstitch the bias strips to the pants.
- With the elastic and additional fabric strips, create an elastic casing and pull the elastic through. Baste the edges. You should fit your pants and make sure that you are using the proper length for the stirrup strap. The straps that goes under your foot should be long enough to fit under your shoes or foot but not too short that it pulls from the top of your pants.
Stitch the straps to the bottom hem of the pants. Confirm fit and finish all edges.
ADDITIONAL OPTION: Fashion elastic, offered in an array of colors, can also be used to create a stirrup design. Using the fashion elastic is a quick update to ready to wear or handmade garments.
Another trend that I am in love with this season is metallic. Every kind of metal from rhodium to silver to platinum looks were highlighted this season. When I first saw the fabric from my top, I was immediately drawn to it. The subtle gunmetal metallic color and hint of lame without the crispy hand feel, made it the perfect fabric for this design. The fabric for the shirt is a Nicole Miller metallic fabric that was also found at Fabrics.com (the style number is 0490543). Channeling my love for all things shiny, the inspirational shirt was a “gotta” make. The designer shirt, made by Hensely, has a hefty price tag of $1000+. With a few yards of fabric, I made this top for under $50!
The pattern that I used for this designer inspired top was Butterick B6487. Here are the modifications made to the top:
- I used view D as the starting point.
- I omitted the ruffled portion of the collar.
- Shortened the sleeve and added width to the base of the shortened sleeve.
- Attached a piece of fabric cut to 14” long rectangular x the width of the top sleeve piece of fabric for the middle portion. I attached using a 5/8” seam allowance to create a casing for the elastic.
- The bottom layer was created with a full circle that fit the width of the middle layer.
- An elastic casing was also created to add elastic.
- All other details were sewn as per the pattern.
STYLE TIP: Don’t hesitate to wear white shoes during the colder seasons. The old rule that you can’t wear white after Labor Day is passe. As a matter of a fact, white is a key accessory trend this season.
Please let me know your thoughts. What do you think about stirrups?