Friday, June 5, 2015

The Cigarette Pant

Long before leggings or jeggings or super slim fitting jeans or pants, came the cigarette pant. Heck if you goggle it now you can find they've made a comeback of epic proportions but I'd have to say in my opinion it was the most beautiful Audrey Hepburn who made the women of the 60's covet these pants.

Here's the pattern that I used to get my own version of these pants.

I wanted a pair of pants that I could wear year round more or less so I wanted a comfy stretch denim. I had no idea that denim( I haven't bought denim in years and years) had gotten so pricey at $20 a meter and then I had to do a quick pro/con list. 
Pro- I'll get the pant that I want and it would be the vintage high waisted loveliness I'm becoming accustomed to.
Con- I can probably find something similar in a low rise much cheaper then 40 plus dollars 

The latter was winning out in my mind but I had one more chance at obtaining my goal. The remnant pile!!

Searching through the remnant pile like I was searching for the Holy Grail I found approximately 2 meters of stretch denim at $8 meter. Now we were in business, pants for under $20. 
But wait...when I took my fabric to be measured she asked me if I'd be willing to give my email address to get an additional 50% off. Uhh YES.
My new jeans were going to cost me $8 in fabric plus a zipper and thread. Now this cheap  thrifty little dutch girl was dancing in her wooden shoes.

Fitting and sewing pants is not for the faint hearted I'm learning. It took me a trial run in another stretch fabric and one in cotton to get major fitting issues out of the way. (I'm thinking I might want a cotton capri from this pattern as well) 
With my new jeans I still had to tweak some fitting issues and with the help of YouTube I'm now happy with the fit and have worn them a few times and I find them super comfortable. I've rolled the pant leg up and down, so I'm checking the box that allows me to wear them all year as long as it's not too hot out.

One day people I will own a serger but for now my seams are old school.
 Sew, trim and a zig zag stitch to finish them off.

I can see why women adored these fun, casual pants so much because...

Oh look you can pretend to water the plants when its' pouring outside in them.:)

This entire outfit cost was $15.
Sweater -thrifted
Shirt -thrifted and modified
Pants- made by me
scarf- I already owned 


  1. you're so cute! and so are your clothes!

  2. I love love love cigarette pants. I find them difficult to wear not having a lot of leg, but I've got a couple of pairs from Collectif I love. No denim ones though... I'd love to see the full length and shape of the ones you've made here :)

    1. Ugh! It was such a bad picture taking day that day. The rain just wouldn't stop. Then I tried hanging them on the line next day and that didn't help they looked silly, BUT I'm already in planning mode with a Tilly's Coco pattern and another little gingham shirt I'm making that I'll be pairing them with. There are a few more pics in the blog post before this one too. ;)

  3. They're fabulous! Great choice of fabric (colour very much included). Skinny pants in general are not friends with my short, curvy fig and stout legs, but that doesn't stop me from loving them in general and enjoying seeing them on others. The closest I currently one in the couple of pairs of capris that I own (one denim, one black with a cute cherry print on it).

    Oodles of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica