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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Prom 2016: A Personal Rebellion

Honestly, I feel like sewing is my own personal rebellion. When I make something, I don't have to listen to anyone else's instructions or ideas about what clothes should look like, how they should fit, or what sizes mean. It's so liberating!

So in continuing with bucking societal expectations, I decided I was going to attend a formal event in pants with pockets. Here's a picture of my original sketch: 

It changed a lot during the process. 

I wanted to draft my own pants, but when I found this pattern in an old BurdaStyle magazine, I figured there was no point in reinventing the wheel, especially when that wheel is free and your time is limited. 

The pattern has an invisible zipper, integrated hip pockets, front pleats and back darts. 

I made a mock-up and got some beautiful ivory satin at Britex Fabrics. 

Honestly, I am beyond happy about these pants. They're comfy as hell and have so much room in the pockets. I could put my phone in them and it wouldn't look weird! Success! 

Here's a close up I posted on Instagram: 

A photo posted by Taft Weber-Kilpack (@taftisseamstress) on

Mom helped me pin the pants (this works best when you can be more eye-level with the hem, hence me standing on the dining room table). 

I didn't get any process photos of the top. It changed a lot from the original sketch. I made a mock-up of my first idea, but realized it wouldn't be flattering with the fit of the pants (shout out to the fashion croquis for not looking like real people at all). So I drafted/draped a new top pattern, which was a fitted halter top that tied at the neck and back. 

However, I decided to make it using the fabric I originally purchased for a very loose and drapey top. Obviously, that didn't go well at all. So I had to start over with some satin left over from last year's prom outfit. Yay for reusing! (Which is actually code for "Yay for not spending more money!")

(Mom did that really great braided hairdo!)

Here's the back. The neckline and sides of the top are finished with a bias binding that are extended at the neck and back to be ties. I really should have taken better pictures. I do have a picture of the bias strips that I posted on Instagram: 

A photo posted by Taft Weber-Kilpack (@taftisseamstress) on

The top tucks into the pants. I think my favorite part of this outfit was the graphic contrast of the ivory pants and black top. As well as the fact that I got to flaunt the fact that I had pockets all night. 

So anyway, have I talked about how comfortable and freeing this outfit was? Didn't need to carry a purse cause I put my phone in my pocket. Didn't worry about being cold because yay pants! I could do all types of dance moves, like this:

Photo taken by Lauren Hom

I crashed the People-In-Suits photo to make it a People-In-Pants photo. Seriously, could you pose like that in a floor length dress? Nope. Nor can you crash photos like this. 

Down with the gender norms I say! You can wear whatever you want I say! Sewing rebellion I say!
-Taft WK

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