When I heard Colette was releasing a pants pattern, I was beyond excited. I couldn't wait to see what her design brain had thought up. I love its' understated simplicity; the go-to pant that you can wear with almost anything and make in any color. For Summer, turn them in shorts. For Winter, lengthen a smidge for boot-wearing. I'm excited to make my own pair (soon!) So I thought for this Pair Up!, I'd highlight our options here at Bolt in an attempt to narrow down and choose what my first (and I emphasize FIRST) my pair will be.
Sarai recommends the fiber content have a bit of stretch, between 1-3% lycra. I couldn't agree more. Because of their fit, that bit of give is going to make them more comfortable to wear and have the ability to retain their original shape more without stretching out. One could easily and successfully make this with a fabric with no lycra cotton. Still be sure, though, to choose one that has a bit of heft to it--nothing too lightweight. There is a raspberry cotton with no lycra here that I'd seriously like to use. Maybe an experiment for my second pair?
Denim is always a good choice and yes, we do have a bolt with stretch. One of my top contenders.
As we move into Fall, corduroy is a classic option. We have several colors but one, this grey, has stretch. What a great Fall color option!
Black is the new black. And this black is sueded. And stretch! This would make an absolute stunner of a pant. My humble photo does not do it justice; you've got to see and touch it to get the full effect.
And last but not least, we have a selection of mid-weight apparel cotton. Some have a lycra content and some don't so be sure to check the bolt or ask one of us Bolt ladies. The earlier-stated raspberry cotton falls into the no-stretch category but here are some that are stretch. I'm especially tempted by the turquoise. Then I think, "Can I pull this off?" I'm certain some of you can!
(I tried to get the most accurate color representation in the photo. The top bolt is definitely more navy than purple and the bottom is an olive khaki that would be a great basic.)