I am loathe to call it cultural appropriation but “khaki” in my language (Urdu) means dry mud or dust. This well-researched book circa 1995, agrees with that fact.
I grew up with my mother and grandmother referring to anything in this subdued light brown shade as a “khaki color”. The term was Anglicized when the British rulers of India ran around in garments of this color and named them “khakis” – the color of Indian dust or mud. By the way, the first two letters are pronounced with a guttural sound – from the throat.
Well, I stitched up a pair of “khakis” for myself, adding to the pants area of the wardrobe. Traditional khakis which were originally men’s casual pants, are now firmly entrenched in women’s wear with or without the traditional features in men’s khakis. A pair I made for myself in the distant past had the required cargo pocket at the side of the knee; but it was an embroidered pocket! Those pants are worn out and long gone but they were a feminine iteration of the classic menswear khaki pants.
This time, I chose Vogue 9284 to make a new pair in a stretch cotton jacquard with interesting seamlines and topstitching. Because stretchy fabric is now a way of life for me.
A short review of this pattern is in order, I think. The fabric requirements include a four-way stretch fabric such as ponte knit; stretch woven fabric as an option listed on the pattern. I’m not aware that four-way stretch wovens exist, but maybe that’s just me. Well, after studying the pattern pieces, I took my chances and used a one-way stretch woven, a cotton/lycra jacquard weave with crosswise stretch only – a stash item. It’s a good thing the pattern runs big and looks different from the legging-like closely fitted pants shown on the pattern envelope and description. In fact, I had to take in the curvature of the upper side seams to slim it down, and to somewhat resemble the lovely pants on the envelope. Annnd, all’s well that ends well; I like these pants because I changed their shape to make them similar to the representation on the envelope.
One more thing: the khaki stretch cotton is on my Mood Board Binder plan, which means I’m sticking to a “curated” sewing plan this summer. Heh.
What about your sewing activities, my friends?