diy, sewing

Dressing for Easter- DIY Pants with Tutorial

With Easter approaching this week, I wanted a new outfit to wear for our Easter program at church.  Being on the Dave Ramsey plan though, has limited my personal “allowance” and I need new clothes about like I need a hole in the head.  But, special occasions and all…..

So, after putting some thought into what I wanted from an Easter outfit-

  • Rewearable
  • Flowy
  • Beautiful
  • Lace
  • Spring colors
  • Comfortable

And, since I didn’t want to work-over my wedding dress just yet I went on a search to find something else that I could make and get the feel and look I wanted.  And use some of that leftover wedding lace I have.

I wanted to be “pretty” (read dress), but wanted something “easy” (read slacks), and then realized that there IS a middle ground.  The Palazzo pant.  So, I took myself to pinterest, and looked at DIY clothes.  I don’t even know that I put in a search term, because to be honest, I look at sewing patterns all the time, so they were probably already in my feed (you can find me here on pinterest).

And, since, um, it was Palm Sunday- you know, the sunday before easter, AND pastor and his wife were coming for dinner on “Holy Thursday”, I didn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to this project.  But I still needed it to “wow”.

So, I settled on this VERY easy wide leg pant tutorial.  The only change I would make would be the way she measures elastic- I would instead wrap it around your waist, and then subtract 2- 4 inches.  Yep, you read that right.  Elastic is made to stretch, and if it doesn’t have a certain amount of “hug” it doesn’t seem to work.  So, anyway.  I pulled out the many yards of wedding dress lace that I still had leftover, and went searching for an underlayer for it- I didn’t think see through pants were going to be a good idea ;-).  I was  hoping to have some of the blue satin that made up the underlayer of my wedding dress, but alas it was not to be.  I ended up settling on muslin.  Yep, you read that correctly, muslim.  It is actually the same muslim that was laid down for my aisle runner at our wedding.  I took it home and washed it, it was some ridiculous number of yards of fabric, I wasn’t letting it go to waste!

And I embarked on her palazzo pant tutorial.  Again, it was super easy, a beginner could easily do this.  Someone with experience could do this in under an hour.  And got these lovely things.  Next time I will do a better job of taking “in process” photos.

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Now, I do wish I had made time to make a “proper” waistband, as these will always need a top that comes over that waist band to keep them from looking like pajama pants.  BUT, I am also not terribly disappointed.  I knew that would be the case when I chose to make them, and I needed easy and fast.

I didn’t have time to make a top, so Husband put up with some speed shopping so that I could find a top.  Thank goodness for sales, I don’t buy new clothes, but this top just makes the outfit come together, don’t you think?

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Doesn’t he look good in pink?  And for the record, I had like really tall wedges on under those pants, so…..  yeah, usually there is more of a difference in height between us.  He can be a real stinker though….

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What did you wear for Easter?  Did you make part or all of your outfit?

**Please note, these are my family’s personal photos and should not be used or distributed without permission or association with this article.**

Happy Spring!

~Anda

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