In December, I set out to J. Crew to buy a replacement pair, but returned empty handed. At the store, I realized that the Pixies were not the same pattern or quality as my originals. The original had an exposed zipper nicely finished on the outside with black petersham ribbon (no petersham finish on the new Pixies), and each leg was constructed with three pieces, including a rounded equestrian-style inset which had made me love the pants in the first place (there is no inset in the new version). Furthermore, the pants in stores today didn't feel nice and the high price ($98) annoyed me.
So...to the seam ripper I went! I deconstructed the originals--baggy knees and all--and used the original pieces as a pattern to cut out the leftover black ponte knit from this knit dress. I used a narrow zigzag on my regular sewing machine for all of the construction (no serger) and was sure to interface the facings and stay stitch all the curves. I followed Craftsy's free instructions for the exposed zipper. I found the directions somewhat nonsensical and very confusing, but who am I to say? Still quite the beginner here!!
Although I made plenty of mistakes along the way, I am pretty pleased with the results!
|Friday night after work at the Morgan Library & Museum|
Here are some close ups of the pants: