When I returned home, I immediately searched my stash to find a pattern I could use to create my version. I found a retro Butterick 3272 pattern. I love that this pant is made from a one piece pattern with a back zipper. It also has a casing for elastic in the band. I was not excited element, but I knew I could work around that feature.
I do not have the chevron fabric similar to those of the inspiration pants in my stash so I am shopping around for the perfect fabric. In the meantime, I decided to make a muslin with fabric I had on hand. I had some extra houndstooth fabric leftover from this dress, and I thought it would work. It is a double knit with just enough stretch to move while keeping its shape.
The pattern instructions were super easy to follow and called for the installation of an invisible zipper. Every time I install one, I have to pull out my instructions to refresh myself on how to do it. I decided to include my steps here for my future reference and yours.
|Pin right side of open zipper to the right side of fabric one fabric opening. in this case the right side.|
|Using your regular zipper foot stitch zipper in place to secure it.|
|Attach your invisible zipper foot. This is a universal foot you can purchase at any fabric store and attach like your other feet.|
|Position your zipper teeth in the right side grove and stitch.|
|When you get close to the zipper pull, keep your needle down and raise your foot to close the zipper. This allows you to sew to the end of the zipper.|
|Look how close to the teeth it gets.|
|Repeat the steps on the opposite side.|
|Voila! All done!|
|B.i.r.a wearing the bow back pants.|
|Full back view|
Be sure to check back for the chevron pants update.