Alabama Chanin Pants




I've finally had a few moments to spare to stitch up these really comfy, well-fitting Alabama Chanin Pants. My first go is a basic garment ~ plain, single layer. I wanted to make sure they fit correctly before putting in the time and expense of creating a fully embellished version. I used Alabama Chanin 100% organic medium weight cotton jersey fabric in the color Suede. Unfortunately, this gorgeous color was a limited run, and is not available at this time. 




I made the size suggested by the sizing chart, and am very happy with the final fit. They are not clingy or tight, nor are they over-sized and baggy; but a very nice tailored look in a relaxed sort of way.




The photo above is with the waistband stretched tight, and below the waistband is cinched in about two to three inches, how I would wear them. You can see there is not a lot of superfluous fabric.




Because I'm rather short, I added about two inches onto the cropped pants length and ended up with the perfect long pants. I would guess it took me about six to eight hours to cut out and hand stitch these pants.




I was contemplating not putting in the casing and drawstring, but using the fold-over elastic instead. I feel it would have been too low-waisted for me. I like to wear these type of pants a little higher than my jeans. Next time I think I'll add an extra inch or two, and then try the elastic.




I'll get a lot of wear out of these pants. The color is perfect for every season. The single layer is lightweight enough for summer; and there's just enough room to slip an extra layer for warmth in the fall/winter months. I have enough of this fabric to make the car coat, which is in my queue of projects. Perhaps I'll get to that after the holidays!! Speaking of which, I hope you all have a most wonderful Holiday Season.



6 comments

  1. I may have to try these. The Tilton pants are really baggy even going down a size; I do like the details on them. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the car coat pattern. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Elsie

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    1. Hi Elsie~ I was thinking of you when I tried these on for the first time. I think you would really like these (no "bozo" look to them :)). Thank you, Happy Holidays to you also.

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  2. I have not seen this pattern.. is it in a book? Where can I get the pattern.. thanks

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    1. Hi Margot~ You can get the pants pattern from www.alabamachanin.com. There's a link on my blog that should bring you right to it. Just click on the words "Alabama Chanin pants" in the first sentence (not the title). The pattern is $18, and is in PDF form, so you'll need to take it down to your local copy or large format printing shop (like a mapping or architecture printing shop) to have it printed out. Shop around for best pricing. Happy stitching!

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  3. Nice! A great color for you.

    It will be interesting to see your car coat--of all the patterns, that's the one I'm least sure of. Really boxy fit.

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  4. Hi Jean~ Yes, I'm tempted to do a single layered basic in the cropped version to see about the fit before investing six yards in the long version, but then I think the cropped and long versions will both look so different on.....still deciding!!

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