Last month I saw some pants with an ankle tie hem. I knew immediately that I wanted to make some for summer if I could find the right fabric. I used to only wear shorts in the summer, but last summer I was post-partum and couldn’t fit into very many clothes. I tried wearing dresses and breathable pants. I actually really enjoyed wearing something other than shorts, and this summer I’m working on expanding my summer wardrobe to be more than shorts. It starts with these pants.
I used the Hudson Pants pattern and just altered the hem. I added two ties near the side seam and then created a front and back hem facing. It got tricky while I was putting it together because I needed a slit above the ties. I really don’t even know how I got it done in the end, but here’s a simple drawing of what you need to do to add ties to your own pants.
This is how the pants look from all angles. They are semi-fitted all the way down. My alterations to the pattern were to add 1″ to the back waist. I deepened the front pockets and sewed them to the front of the pants. I also added a couple of inches to the legs. After sewing them I needed a little more room in the calves so I let both side seams out at the calves. I eliminated the cuff and did the tie and facing instead to finish the edges. I made a size 2 if I remember correctly. It’s one of my tried and true patterns so I perfected it at least a year ago.
I used a stretch woven that I found at a nearby shop for $3 a yard. I got two yards so these pants cost me under $10, especially since I already had the pattern, matching thread, elastic, and I can whip this pattern up so quickly. I don’t know exactly what the content of this fabric is, but I’m sure there’s some polyester since it doesn’t press nicely. It washes nicely and has a nice stretch, so I’m guessing it’s some sort of suiting. It actually drapes really well for a opaque, stretch woven. The pants are comfortable with the stretch and not too hot even though there’s some synthetic in them. I’ve worn these pants twice already and I love them. I even wore them to a museum with my kids which was half outdoors in the sun, and I didn’t get too hot! I love a good inspiration and a quick sew to add to my handmade wardrobe! The only trouble I had was with the slit and the facing. I should’ve looked up a tutorial before diving in, but in the end it worked out perfectly.