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Knit Harem Pants by Guest Blogger Shams (Communing With Fabric)

April 28, 2017 by Communing with Fabric 0 comments


Hey! It's Shams of Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a beautiful Britex fabric!

For this project, my assignment was to choose a fabric from the Knits category. I quickly settled on a lightweight jersey featuring a bold, modern print.


knit-rayon-84-brngry56-5Designer Sunshine and Clouds Viscose Knit Jersey

(Click the image to see this fabric on the Britex site)
v1355_01Vogue 1355
I used Vogue 1355, Sandra Betzina's version of a harem pant. The beauty of this pattern is that it features a fairly high crotch and all the fullness falls between the legs, so there is no added hip bulk. It's universally flattering on most women. (Many of my local sewing peeps have made this pattern multiple times and it looks great on every one of them!)

This lightweight, drapey fabric is perfect for a drapey, warm weather harem pant, or a summery top. I think it would pack beautifully!

Some sewists are nervous about sewing jersey knits, but I had no problems with it. It's a perfect candidate for sewing with a serger, but you can also use a regular sewing machine, as I did.


It was such a quick, easy sew, that I don't have much to say about the process! Wait, I will say one thing. This pattern features a waist yoke with no elastic. Given my unique shape with a narrow hip and a short crotch, I omitted the waist yoke (for a perfect crotch length!) and I added an elastic casing. When your hip and waist measurements are about the same, using no elastic can be asking for a wardrobe malfunction. ;)

Thanks to Britex for providing the fabric!
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