Hollywood glam, 1940's style is how I feel wearing these striped crop pants. I am not that good with the fashion eras but that kept popping into my head when I was taking pictures for this blog post. I feel quite glamorous wearing this outfit.
I think it has mostly to do with the fabric, an Italian Wool Pinstriped Wool Twill..
The Mood Website defines Wool Twill as "Twill refers to a specific weave that features each weft yarn floating across the warp yarns in a progression of interlacings to the right or left, forming a distinct diagonal line. Wool twill is especially desirable as it is durable and hides stains well making it an ideal choice for workwear. Not only can the number of interlacings be adjusted to create a softer or crisper material, but twill in general remains resistant to wrinkles making it a highly desired material. Wool twill posses all of the natural properties of wool while gaining the desired characteristics of the twill weave." Here are some other choices of Mood Fabrics' Wool Twill
As I was making these pants, I was amazed how quickly they went together. The pattern (McCall's 7445) is a Melissa Watson for Palmer/Pletsch and it is filled with fitting information and fully marked pattern pieces. After doing measurements again, I went with a 12 in the hips and graded up to a 14 at the waist. The fit is good for the most part, just a bit tight at the stomach and that is my fault, lack of exercise of late. I decided not to make any changes after basting the side seams and went for a walk to start the exercise again!!! Once back I went to work on the waistband and one last fitting.
I did change the pockets a bit, I went with horizontal stripes for the side front (above the pockets). My thought for this was visual interest and no matching of stripes! I really like the look of this.
Let's talk about this wool, it is such a nice lightweight wool with a nice drape. This combination worked beautifully for the cropped pants. One thing about this pattern, the waist is very high. After several years of lower cut pants, it felt a bit different wearing these at my natural waist. I had hesitated making the cropped sweater from this pattern but now I need to find a cute sweater knit to go with my pinstripe pants. The high waist will make the look very age appropriate for me.
The pattern envelope recommends denim, corduroy and crepe, I am thinking I might need a denim pair.