Saturday, February 5, 2011

towel pants

I sewed a pair of towel pants today.  Towel pants would be a invention by a certain someone I like to call Howie.  He described his innovative idea over dinner at the Hamilton Tavern (amazing hamburgers) on Wednesday night.  I stopped by a fabric store on Thursday and I saw terrycloth.  I bought 2 yards.
I give you now:

TOWEL PANTS

Where does one find a pattern for towel pants?  Well... Kathleen Fasanella posted about a free book download recently, so I used my copy of Il Modellismo Sartoriale.  You could also use that book to draft this cutaway coat.  But I was in the mood for towel pants.


This was a fast and easy project!  Click for larger pics:




I had to make an XL because terri cloth has no stretch at all.  Or because some guys just need an XL, depending on how you explain things.  If you know what I mean.  (Just kidding, sorry)

I was also going to lay some puns on you, but I will skip them.  
Now that was fun!  All that heavy coat sewing has dragged me down a bit.   I have some other easy sewing on the table.  I need some instant gratification!

[edited on August 17, 2013 - click here for information on how to create a pattern]

Happy Sewing!

28 comments:

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  2. Hey, I think I need some towel pants too!

    I too feel like I need a quick project after I finish my fur jacket.

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  3. Never thought to use terry for pants. (?) Just like big fluffy pj pants? Actually, probably not a bad idea, come to think of it. Certainly better for staying on than those wrap-around bath towel skirt thingies.

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  4. This is an interesting idea. This is one thing I love about sewing, it gives you the freedom to try anything you can dream up!

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  5. Interesting idea, towel pants. I downloaded that book when Kathleen posted it recently, so now I'm wondering exactly which draft you used. Please, do tell!

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  6. Ooh I'm very disappointed about the lack of bad puns - coat making is highly addictive, let me warn you - although I have got mine down to 3 weeks of evenings to make one start to finish. The best thing about a coat is that it is such a great time investment - like a good haircut or glasses it's an accessory you have to wear every day, so why not make the most of it?

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  7. Great Idea! I'm only sewing a jacket and feel the need for a quick and easy project.

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  8. Great project! Sounds like just the thing to do after all the snow and the coat project.

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  9. Mary, I was inspired by page 225. Once I had the idea in my head, I used a pair of DH's pants to make sure I was making them in the right sort of size & shape.

    This started as a joke - but the pants turned out surprisingly well.

    If Howie's mom could see me now, she'd be smiling that he finally got someone to sew him some towel pants.

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  10. Those would be so comfy, any time of the year, for lounging about. At the pool, after a swim, after a shower. Great idea!

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  11. I love this idea. Can see Christmas gifts already

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  12. Is that a work table with a twin bed underneath I see in the pictures? How does that work?

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  13. KC, yes it is! It is a "This End Up" twin bed with a hollow-core interior door on top. I love it.

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  14. Thank you so much for the page reference. I'm going to check on it now.

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  15. LOL! I love them! DH and I live in our PJ's on the weekend so these would be great! They'd also be amazing in the summer after getting out of the pool on a breezy day!!!

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  16. I am disappointed at missing the bad puns too. I love Howie's original towel pants idea, and how nice of you to make them for him. He looks just like one of those cool Italian fashion drawings - if they had one for towel pants. I guess I missed that page.

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  17. What a great idea! They would be so comfortable too.

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  18. Man I think I need a pair of these too and so does my own XL. Do nice to see a cool fast project.

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  19. Great idea, and certainly good to make after coat sewing. But you still had your pattern to make... That drawing for the cutaway coat looks intriguing, but I can see why you chose the terry cloth pants ;)

    Looks very comfortable.

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  20. Why not? They look comfortable and warm!

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  21. Update on the towel pants - he loves them so much I need to sew more! LOL.
    He wears them straight out of the shower.

    I think I know why his mom did not sew towel pants when he was a kid - sergers were not yet available for home use. I sewed these pants entirely on the serger.
    There was so much lint, too. I don't think I'd want to sew terrycloth on a sewing machine either. Why risk all that fuzz in my beloved machine?

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  22. I have been sewing towel pants for years now and have come across an issue. Have you ever had a rip/tear in the crotch area? I just now am having this issue with some terry cloth fabric and it is causing a tear along the seam in the crotch area. I use a serger and the seam seems to be intact but there is a tear along the seam- almost like it is ripping the terry cloth fabric. Now I think I need to reinforce the crotch area somehow~ but how? Any ideas?
    Meg

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  23. That doesn't surprise me that terry cloth fabric would eventually start to tear, especially if it is a looser weave compared to a tighter weave. I would reinforce it with strip of another fabric. If you have a soft cotton (even something like s strip of fabric from an old sheet, maybe?) you could sew a piece on the inside, and think about cutting it to actually cover the seam. The shape would wind up being curved to fit the area. Good luck!

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  24. I am not seeing a pattern and I do better with guidelines. Can you send to me heathervazquez 13 at gmail dot com? Thanks if you can - great site!

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    1. Click here for a new blog post on how to create a pattern for towel pants. Hope this helps!

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  25. I would love to see a pattern for the towel pants - is that something you could send me? heathervazquez 13 at gmail dot com
    thanks - love the blog.

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  26. Great Idea, I may have to make a pair of these!

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  27. WOW! Those britches just have to be sooooo warm and comfy. What a great idea!

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