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VIDEO: Silk Velvet Pleated Pants

'Sewing Silk Velvet Can Be A Beast!'

If silk velvet is in your sewing plans this season, don't miss my recent blog, for McCalls, TIPS ON SEWING VELVET. Meg Carter says, 'It is a game changer.'

The one garment that has been in my winter/holiday wardrobe for the past 30 years (in various iterations), is a pair of silk velvet pants, usually black. Take a look at the video to see the easy technique for pleating. I love these soft loose fitting pants; they are comfortable, warm in the cold, cool in an overheated house, I can cook in them, sit on the floor, wear them to a casual family gathering or to an evening event. The pant I am using now I got from Eileen Fisher a few years ago, but you could easily make them. The secret is to allow a bit of extra ease in the pant as the pleating takes up some space, and you want the pant to hang with fluidity.

Pattern Suggestions:

On Vogue 9193, I'd eliminate the drop pocket and make the yoke from a soft knit.

Vogue 8499 is has a full cut, do a tissue fitting and/or, make a pre-test to be sure the silhouette is right for you. If the pant is too full, you could go down a size or take it in at the back leg seam.

Vogue 9228 with a soft line and origami hem detail is another design that could take well to pleating.

I'm off to Paris with the pants I pleated in the suitcase! Love to see and hear about your silk velvet pleating projects.

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