As you have probably noticed if you’ve been following for a while, I love pockets and I love to include ALL the bonus options in my patterns. So of course when it came to the Opal pattern, I had to include a bonus pocket option ;) I have been absolutely obsessed with the idea of making a pair of extended pocket Opal Pants and I am thrilled to tell you the reality of wearing them is as wonderful as my dream. Giant pockets are SO convenient! When I walk to school to pick up my kids in these I don’t need to bring anything else, I just throw my phone and keys in my ridiculous pockets and I’m off!
When I started working on this pair I actually wanted to make them into cargo pants. I had planned on adding some side pockets like in this tutorial we did at the end of the sewalong, but then I actually just couldn’t be bothered. Is that bad? I feel bad admitting it. I’m pretty fussy with the details when I’m sewing, and after carefully sewing both the front and back pockets, I just couldn’t bring myself to edgestitch another single thing.
But now that they’re done, I’m pretty happy with that decision. I think they look just right as they are and I have been really enjoying wearing them.
When it comes to the tee it’s my trusty Jarrah tee again! It was such a simple make – just the front and back pattern pieces from the Jarrah sweater, then all the edges turned in by 1/2″ and topstitched with a twin needle. That’s it. It’s got to be one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe – which is ridiculous because it took less than half an hour to make. I guess it just goes to show how important wardrobe staples are!
It’s amazing to me how different a pattern can look in different fabrics and views, and I feel like these Opals look so different to my $1 Opal pants and my Iso Opal pants. If you’ve been on the fence about the extended pocket on the Opal pants I really hope you give them a try, they’re such a fun detail!