Harper Pants

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Harper Pants Hack

As most of you know by now, my family has made the cross country move from California to northern Virginia. We are taking in the east coast, enjoying the green landscape and the rain and humidity that come with it. Although it is currently crazy hot and sticky here, I know the cool weather is upon us. I haven’t experienced a true fall or winter in about 10 years now, so I am beyond excited. But, with that excitement comes a huge gap in my wardrobe I desperately need to remedy. I know if I wait until the weather cools down to start sewing clothes for cooler weather, I’ll be forced to buy an entire wardrobe of ready to wear clothes. I don’t want that to happen, so I’m getting started now. I’ve started with Megan Nielsen’s newest release, the Harper shorts. “What, shorts aren’t for cold weather!” you may be saying. Well, I took her pattern and extended it into a pair of more fitted tapered pants. I went ahead and created a tutorial with detailed graphics to explain the process I took to achieve the look I made. The tutorial is available for you on Megan’s blog, Design Diary. Let me know if you attempt to make a pair of Harper pants. 

Harper Pants Hack

I’ve got a lot of ideas brewing for fall and winter clothes, but I’m certainly open to some ideas! If you have a favorite pattern you like, especially any for those garments you wear day in and day out, I’d love to hear them! My kids start going back to school this week and I will actually have more time to sew again. I’m just a little excited.

Happy Sewing!

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4 Responses to Harper Pants

  1. Cecelia September 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

    These pants are awesome. Love the pocket detailing and styling of your whole outfit. What’s the fabric content of the pants? Any spandex for ease of wearing?

    • Sarah Beth September 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

      Such a great question Cecelia. The fabric is a twill and 100% cotton. It has absolutely no give and I really wish it did. I’m still able to sit down, but squatting really low (I have young kids) can be a bit more challenging. There are some fabrics without spandex that would have more give, but my twill has a really dense weave and doesn’t even have any give on the bias. I mentioned this problem on the full post, but forgot to mention it here, so thank you for asking.

  2. Lia September 6, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    I struggle with winter sewing (really, knitting is the answer – but I don’t have those skills). Fall sewing means button-downs for me; I like them paired with Ginger Jeans or a circle skirt. I work at an afterschool program and the high rise on the Gingers is amazing for keeping everything covered and contained while playing on the floor! I only have one pair of Colette Juniper pants but I love those as well for a comfortable Katherine Hepburnish silhouette.

    • Sarah Beth September 6, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

      I’ve really been wanting to sew up the Ginger jeans. Every pair I’ve seen sewn up looks so great. I purchased Grainline Studio’s Archer button down a long time ago. I really need to use it this winter. A good flannel would be so nice and cozy in the cooler months. Thanks for all the suggestions Lia!!

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