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Pattern Emporium Harem pants

Some readers may have picked up on my comments about our forthcoming trip to Borneo.  We leave in only five days, hooray!  Borneo has lots of jungle, and lots of jungle has lots of insects.  The girls needed some cool summer pants that would keep both sun and insects off their legs.

Pattern Emporium Harem pants size 6 in rayon

Pattern Emporium Harem pants size 8 in rayon

Pattern Emporium Harem pants size 6 in rayon

I turned to Pattern Emporium again and used their women’s Harem pants pattern. There is also a kid’s version. My girls are small, but their waist/hip ratio means that the women’s patterns work better for them in bottoms than kids’ patterns do. I sewed size 6 for Stella and size 8 for Clare, which pretty much aligned with their measurements.

Pattern Emporium Harem pants

Pattern Emporium Harem pants size 6 in rayon

Pattern Emporium Harem pants size 8 in rayon

Pattern Emporium Harem pants size 6 in rayon

From the Pattern Emporium website:

  • 2 Fits: Slimline & Relaxed
  • Tapered legs for a flattering fit
  • Full elastic waist
  • Elastic ankle finish
  • Easy fit
  • Low waistline
  • Pockets – 3 Easy Pocket Options, 2 Intermediate Pocket Options 
  • 2 Waistline Options – Elastic, Drawstring
  • 3 Leg Finishes – Elastic, Lounge Pant, Tab Front

Pattern Emporium Harem Pants

We decided on style D, with the curved topstitched pockets and elasticised cuffs, in the slimline fit.  I added two inches to the rise of the pants by extending straight up from the crotch and the side seams of the front and back leg pieces, and made the corresponding alterations to the pockets pieces as well.  My girls don’t like to wear their clothes on their hips; they really prefer a high waist with the waistband where they are smallest.  That’s a major change for Clare who spent her primary school years with everything pulled down onto her hips!

Pattern Emporium Harem pants size 6 in rayon

Pattern Emporium Harem pants size 8 in rayon

Pattern Emporium Harem pants size 6 in rayon

The fabrics are all rayon prints (all wovens) from Spotlight. Stella came with me to choose them. I am always fascinated by her choices – they’re not always predictable! I made sure that I prewashed all the fabrics before cutting out, as is my usual practice. Rayon shrinks. These were straightforward to sew, especially once I got to the fourth pair! The girls are happy with them, and I think that they will be perfect for the Bornean jungle.

Pattern Emporium Harem pants size 6 in rayon

3 thoughts on “Pattern Emporium Harem pants

  1. Have a great trip! The pants look very suitable for the jungle (what there is left of it, with all the burning of the jungle to make way for palm plantations). I don’t know where you are going, but if you are going to Kuching there are some interesting fabric shops there, in India Jalan I think, and also a very interesting textile museum with an equally interesting museum shop. It has wonderful beadwork made by the owner, Juliana, and her daughter Rosemary. I did a half-day beading workshop with Rosemary: it was great fun. There is also a weaving centre a short distance out of the centre of Kuching. Wonderful work but a bit pricey, as one would expect. Lovely baskets at the weaving centre, too, at good prices.

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