I have a special board on my Pinterest page for things that inspire sewing ideas. It’s different from my page of “patterns I want to buy/sew one day”. On this special page I link up pictures of clothes/outfits that have some sort of design element that I love. Does it have a cool sleeve? Do I like the overall shape? Did they do something unique to the neckline? Then I use those pictures as inspiration to design something of my own!
Would you like to see an example??!?!? I like the moto pant trend that’s been going around for a while now, but it wasn’t until I saw these men’s moto sweats that I fell in love with the idea of making some moto sweats of my own:
So, now I knew I wanted to make some moto sweatpants, but I would be making them for my daughter. These joggers from Abercrombie got pinned to my board as the general shape I wanted to go for. Somewhat relaxed, but fitted through the lower leg, and ending just at the ankle (I wanted to avoid too much “slouch”).
The last bit of inspiration for my pants actually came while watching a tv show. One of the characters had on leggings with a bit of a geometric paneling effect. I really liked the idea of using some straight lines and angles to piece together the pants, figuring it would work well with the straight tuck lines.
So I cracked open my Adobe Illustrator program and got working. It took a few muslins, but I eventually went from this:
I love how these turned out, and since I drafted them from scratch I’ve reserved the right to “name” them! In standing with my “Basic Elements” theme, I’m dubbing these The Titanium Joggers!!! I leave you with some more pictures of the “Titaniums” in action. ps – these are from a photoshoot I did of the Piper Top from The Simple Life Pattern Co. You can expect to hear more about them in the future on this blog, since I do pattern testing for them and just all around love their stuff! (The ladies that own/run the company are pretty great too!)