Does my face in this photo accurately portray how much I love these pants? Methinks yes.
Here's my take on latest pattern release from Kelli at True Bias: the Emerson pattern. The pattern has two views, either shorts or cropped pants with an elasticized back, flat front waistband, sewn down front pleats and slash pockets.
Note: this is my tester version of the pattern. Kelli made a few small changes to the pattern for the final, including lengthening the crotch curve a bit.
I made mine from a piece of rayon challis from my stash... so lightweight and comfortable!
I was a bit worried about the pleats and pockets combination highlighting my hip/tummy area, but I really like how they turned out.
I tried (only somewhat successfully) to capture some of the movement here:
The Emerson pattern is a really quick sew. I'd say you could finish these in a couple hours, especially if you choose a slightly more stable fabric than I did.
I'm eyeing those linen pairs Kelli made... so classy in linen!
Here is a close-up of the back I took later, as I forgot to take a photo during this shoot:
I love these! Definitely going to make another pair and try out the Emerson shorts sometime soon...!