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11 February 2012

Purple pants: Vogue 2163 by Bill Blass

I am Lucia. I am a fabricholic. I buy and I buy and I never finish anything. Here is to changing that.

Having a true pear shape means that it is nearly impossible to find pants that fit me. Most ready to wear pants that fit my thighs and hip are enormous at the waist. The "curvy" styles from the Gap and Ann Taylor are a much better approximation to my shape and so that is all I ever wear. As a teenager I sewed a couple of pants that were okay, but I remember having to make adjustments to the waist.

Because of all these problems, for the last year or so I've moved to wearing mostly dresses and skirts to work. Only in the weekend do I wear my trusty Ann Taylor boot-cut jeans.

Now that I am older and have gained some weight around my middle I've been thinking that I should try again to make a pair of pants again since I probably won't have to make any waist adjustments anymore.

To match the zig-zag fur jacket that I'm making I bought a wool blend twill in the same hard-to-match greyple (grey and purple) color. I always had in mind a very simple pair of slacks to offset the jazzy zig-zag fur, and that is just what I found in Vogue 2163 by Bill Blass: no waistband, darts at front and back,  and back pockets which I skipped.