Have you ever tried wrap pants? I've tried wrap dresses and even a wrap culotte jumper from the 70's.
But never wrap pants, so I had to try Vogue 9191 , a five piece wardrobe with two ponchos, wrap pants, shorts and a crop top.
Not knowing whether this was a style that I wanted to wear, I didn't want to invest too much money in it, so I hopped down to our local WalMart (or the evil empire as it is known in our house), and found some amazing fabrics for $1.50/yard! The white is a loosely woven cotton dobby, which I thought could fringe well for the poncho, and the blue is a polyester challis. So, for all three pieces, my fabric cost was only $9.
The pants are so much fun. In motion, they are really pretty. I had a couple of concerns- how to go to the bathroom and what happens in the wind. Neither of those things turned out to be a big deal. Going to the bathroom was surprisingly easy- just untie the back and flip it over your shoulders.
What wasn't one of my concerns and should have been, was what happens when I cross my legs. Oh boy! I absolutely cannot cross my legs in this without showing my legs all the way to the thigh.
The top looks pretty plain from the front, but the back has several pleats which are really pretty. I lowered the front neckline a couple of inches so that I could skip the keyhole opening that the pattern includes.
The poncho I made is View A, but I did a self-fringe instead of adding a purchased fringe.
I still want to make the shorts from this pattern as well. I had a lot of fun making it, as it is really simple to sew and quick to put together. When my daughter came over today, she said "You are brave- I wouldn't wear that, and I don't know anyone else that would wear that, but it looks good on you!". I do feel that lately, I've been experimenting a lot more with unusual styles, and I've been really enjoying that. I'm embracing the freedom that comes with being able to sew your own wardrobe. Why not have fun?