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Date: 10/31/11 12:29 PM

I have plenty of clothes for work, parties, dates, even after-5 events, but I don't have a good casual wardrobe, especially pants. I have cute tops but for lack of imagination, I pair them with different skirts, which is fine, or the two 2 pairs of jeans I own, both of them ratty and ill-fitting. I suppose I could just get a couple of new ones, but I am tired of the denim look. I'd like a different pair of pants for when I run errands, carpool my children, do grocery shopping or spend time at home. Any ideas for fabrics and styles? For winter, they need to me somewhat warm, i.e., no linen or rayon.

I am in my 40s, 5'7" and slim. I prefer fitted styles and I never wear sneakers except for the gym. I welcome your suggestions.

Claudia

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Date: 10/31/11 12:35 PM

Someone recently made the Jalie jeans out of a knit fabric. Looked super and I bet they are comfy.

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Date: 10/31/11 1:58 PM

I wear jeans to work, so I feel that I'm living in them 24/7! For this winter, I'm going with leggings, tunic tops, and maybe jeans style in corduroy. I'm trying to get away from the sweatpants looks...

What types of shoes do you wear, if not sneakers?

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Date: 10/31/11 2:07 PM

That's a great idea-oh, and did you get your hair cut? It looks cute!!

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Date: 10/31/11 2:10 PM

I wear jeans less often than slacks, cords, or casual pants. I have used Marcy Tilton patterns for some arty pants-I like them but must be in the mood. I'd guess cotton blend casual pants are my jeans substitute.

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Date: 10/31/11 2:26 PM

For that in-between stuff, I like a straight leg nice knit pant that is fit close to the hips and has a nice straight fall from the bottom of the rear. I prefer a wide band on these so the fit stays tidy and I am not draggin' my drawers. A nicely set in wide band can be worn up near the waist or folded over for a lower slung fit.

These are a little sharper than what most everyone wears to the gym, but they get the job done and then I don't feel so 'worn' looking if I want to hit the store or go for a quick lunch.

For your height and slim build, a not so snug cigarette type pant would probably be really nice with knit tops as well as sweaters.

I do think the pants need to look okay with whatever type of runaround shoes you want to wear.
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They were plainer, without the pockets, etc. Same idea for me, I could join my tai chi group, jump on the bicycle, hit the gym or run errands without changing. If I'm going loose in the legs I like a shorter chunkier top to indicate a waist and keep the hips streamlined, or a close fitting top to do the same.

I bought Marci's pattern. The skirt intrigues me for fall/winter. And, I'll make up some more of the pants. But, again, I'll be skipping the big pockets. Might add a discreet slit cargo type pocket. Love to be able to pocket the cell phone, a credit card and a couple of dollars and slip in a store without a purse.

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Date: 10/31/11 2:50 PM

I have some fine-rib, beefy corduroy in earth colors in my stash that beckons me every fall, but I haven't found a suitable pattern. The fabric is fairly stiff and doesn't drape well. It lends itself to a fairly wide (4 inches) dropped-down waistband, but are straight, wide, flared or narrow legs the best choice?

My preferred footwear are boots, booties, 2.5 inch heels or casual flats. They are comfortable and they don't draw attention to my large feet, size 10. I've never cared for sneakers. They make my feet sweat and look even bigger than they are.

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Date: 10/31/11 3:45 PM

I love, love, love Australian style viscose/nylon/lycra mix bengaline for pants and won't wear anything else now. It is stretchy and therefore comfortable and forgiving, wrinkles drop out, it is easy care and always looks flattering on my somewhat pant-problematic pear shape. Bengaline has terrific recovery, so it never looks baggy. I don't wear denim now at all, as the bengaline looks so much better and is as practical and comfy as denim. In winter I wear leggins underneath the bengaline for warmth and in summer it is comfortable temperature-wise up to about 28 degrees. Higher than that and it's time for cotton/linen capris!

I use a TNT jeans style pattern I have developed from a Burda pattern, which won't be any use to another person, but how about the Jalie jeans pattern everyone seems to be raving about? Lately I have also started to use the Linda pant from StyleArc which I can thoroughly recommend if you like a pull-on style. Superfast to sew and much cooler looking than the usual pull-ons.

For shoes I wear ankle boots, both dressy and casual depending on the occasion. The bengaline pants adapt to either. Works for me!

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Date: 10/31/11 4:14 PM

Thanks for noticing the hair - yep, got it trimmed up a while back. I like it shorter!
JEF

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Date: 10/31/11 6:07 PM

I bought some slim fitting pants from Olsen last year that I just love and plan to copy. The fabric was like a Sophia knit- or a ponte knit, and the style of the pant was looser than a legging, but tighter than trousers. Sophia knit
example from Nordstroms
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