Track suit up!
I’m not a big fan of wearing jeans in the summer, actually I retired my jeans already a couple of months ago. But the thing with jeans is that they are so functional, a garment that you can wear with nearly any top, and to almost any occasion. Basically, a piece of clothing that you can always count on. So, if not jeans, what pants can you wear in the summer? Something casual and comfortable that works with anything? My solution would be track pants! I love it how it’s completely appropriate – even encouraged – to wear sweats out in the public nowadays! I really feel grateful for all this sports inspired fashion, it’s nice to be able to dress comfortably and still not be frowned upon!
I’ve seen a variety of sports inspired pant fashion on the streets of Helsinki, from colorful skin-tight leggings to slouchy sweatpants, but for myself I needed a pair that is quite casual, just a tad sporty, but still a bit sophisticated (if you can ever use that word for a pair of sweats?). Alexandria pants had been on my to-do for a while, and when I found the Nosh Organics’ denim-look sweatshirt jersey, I knew instantly that I needed Alexandria pants in that exact fabric! They would be just as cool and easy to wear as jeans, with the comfortability of sweatpants!
Long story short, I ordered the fabric, made the pants and now I’m loving them! And my point was perfectly proved when my mom saw these pants for the first time and said that they look just like jeans! Well, they don’t look exactly like jeans, they are clearly track pants, but the denim-imitation jersey just makes them so much cooler than normal sweats, and also more appropriate for everyday use. Yay! I have been wearing them with shirts, tees and sweatshirts, and honestly I think they look quite ok with most tops (the pink silk top in the images is RTW).
I chose the size EUR 40 and didn’t make any major alterations to the pattern, except shortened the legs by a good 12 cm (yes, I’m a hobbit). I also just finished the leg openings with a serger and then rolled them up and stitched for a more casual look (and because the wrong side of the fabric looks so cool and I wanted to show it off, too).
The fabric is clearly of very good quality (it’s 96% organic cotton, 4% elastan), since I have been wearing these for a week and there’s zero bagging at the butt and knee area, which is something that usually bugs me the most with sweats. Also, I can’t stress enough how fantastic it is to be able to move so freely! Nothing beats jersey and elastic waist, I’m telling you!
How do you feel about wearing sweatpants elsewhere than in the running track or gym?
Stay tuned for the part 2 of the Alexandria mini series, as tomorrow we will post a tutorial on the Alexandria front pocket & pleats construction!
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