Last December I bought this intriguing Marimekko panel print at the Chelsea flea market.
I did a little online research, and it turns out it was designed in 1988 by Fujiwo Ishimoto. You can read a little more about the design, called "Lainehtiva," here. I think the image is a field of wheat. Cool, no?
I wasn't sure what to do with it until today, when I decided to use it to test out the next men's pattern I'm trying from the Japanese pattern book, "Men's Clothes For All Seasons." I'm making these cropped trousers.
Just like I did with the chore jacket I made, I traced the size Medium and added seam allowances.
These pants are much easier to put together than the jacket, since I'm already very familiar with how to make casual pants. These have two back patch pockets and two front slant pockets. Since the fabric is relatively thin for pants, I used the same Marimekko print for the pocket bags. I decided to cut the pattern with the lightest part up top, gradually darkening toward the bottom.
These are the back pieces (just pinned, below). The patch pockets are there but nearly impossible to make out. For topstitching, white thread looked too white and black too black, so I went with gray.
Here's the front. My pockets are done; I just have to sew the side seams together, add a waistband, and hem. Not sure whether I'll add belt loops or not.
I guess this will be what's called a wearable muslin, if it's wearable. Judging from my measurements of the paper pattern, it should fit. I hope so.
And that's it. Anybody have any experience sewing with Marimekko fabric? This fabric has a weight similar to heavy quilting cotton, not quite canvas, so the pants are going to be on the light side. But if they fit, I'll definitely wear them.
Have a great day, everybody!