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DIY Striped pants and crop top

I have always loved the classic look of pin stripes, so I wanted to give them a fresher look with a very high waist and crop top.  When deciding if I wanted to make a dress, skirt or pants It occurred to me why I absolutely love pants.  Growing up as a tall kid, it was terribly difficult to find pants that were long enough so I lived in shorts, skirts and boys button fly Guess jeans (that’s another story). So, having the ability to make pants fit especially for me as short or long as I need them is complete fashion freedom.

The fabric used was this Ralph Lauren stretch wool suiting that’s medium weight with a beautiful drape which makes them perfect for pants.  Everything about this fabric is beautiful, not to mention the fact it’s 65″ wide.

The pattern used for these pants was my loved wide leg pant pattern with the following alterations:

-Removed the fly

-Added a 6″ waist band

-Added a 12″ side zipper

-Added 2.5″ to the length

The pattern used for the top was Vogue V8877 view A with the following alterations:

-Added 3″ to the length of the sleeves

-Removed 8″ from the length of the hem

-Added a 9″ invisible zipper down the back

-Added a 1″ neck back which decreased the circumference of the neck

The coat was previously made here

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Pants-DIY  Top-DIY Coat-DIY Heels- Schutz Shades-Linda Farrow





  1. AJ Hill
    February 11, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    You look very classy! When do we get to see your patterns with McCall’s?

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:29 am

      Thank you so much, the patterns will be out in July

  2. Edita V.
    February 11, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Nikki, you have to make the pattern for these pants available ASAP. Maybe that will motivate me to actually start sewing. Maybe not. But I still want the pattern.

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:30 am

      lol, I’m working on getting it digitized.

  3. lora davis
    February 12, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    Nikki…what is the width of the leg opening

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:31 am

      The circumference is 23.5″

  4. Claudette Dawes
    February 14, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    i am really liking the new layout. looks fresh.

    well done for all the effort and inspiration, because of you i have started sewing.#

    thanks again

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:36 am

      That’s awesome Claudette!!! and thank you so much. I’ve been putting off updating it for a while and felt like starting fresh with the new year was a great time.

  5. February 17, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    YES! YES! YES! These pants are PERFECT! Everything about them is on point — the fit, the high waist, the length, the PERFECT matching in the back forming the upward v’s at the center. Girl, you rocked the HECK out of them, and you’re wearing them like nobody’s business. Love that coat too!

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:34 am

      Thank you so much Anita, what’s crazy is that I use to rarely wear pants before I started making them because store bought pants fit me so horribly. Now I can’t stay out of them 🙂 #thepowerofasewingmachine

  6. Norie
    February 24, 2016 / 2:19 am

    You are my go to fashionista and I love the lookbook.

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:34 am

      Thank you so much 🙂

  7. Laverne
    March 6, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Oh My God!!! I’m sooooo happy I found you! I am fairly new to sewing, and as a lady that’s 6ft tall, I share your pain. I NEVER had perfect fitting pants growing up. I had to buy pants 2-3 sizes too big to get extra length or get my size and it’s too short.. Mastering pants is my 1st goal..
    Finding this blog is so inspirational! Thank you!

  8. Ray
    August 15, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Love the look and love reading your DIY sewing projects. I’m still relatively new to sewing and don’t know how to gage the amount of fabric needed when patterns aren’t used (or created by the person who made the garment).

    How much fabric did you use or buy to finish the look?

    • Nikki
      August 18, 2016 / 2:43 am

      99% of the time if the fabric is between 55-60″ wide, I purchase 2 yards. for anything less, I typically get 3 yards.