Blank Slate Oceanside Pants

Herringbone linen Blank Slate Oceanside pants

Blank Slate Oceanside Pants

I made this version of the Blank Slate Oceanside Pants last year just after my daughter was born and just thought they were just okay.  While they made it into my top 5 misses from last year, I found them recently and decided I’d been unfair to them and the pattern.  It’s pretty typical for me to hate things I’ve managed to make directly postpartum (shocker that my mind would be otherwise occupied in that time! :D).  So, in fairness to the process and these pants that really are quite nice to wear in the heat of summer, here’s the Blank Slate Oceanside Pants in a nice herringbone linen.

Blank Slate Oceanside Pants

Pattern details

Oceanside Pants Sewing Pattern - Drawstring Waist Pants by Blank Slate Patterns

This pattern is a great loose fitting pant with a drawstring/elastic combination waist.  The pattern has just one piece (minus pockets and drawstring) which is a good and bad thing.  It’s good because one piece pants are super fast and easy to sew.   The bad thing about one piece pants is that they can be a little trickier to alter without the help of the side seam that joins the front and back pieces together on regular pants.

The thing that drew me to this pattern are the cute patch pockets.  They have a little corner on each of them that folds down to fasten with a button.  It’s an adorable little casual detail.

Blank Slate Oceanside Pants


As I said, without that side seam, it can be a little trickier to fit these pants.  I have a flat backside, and I always take about 1/2″ wedge just under the back crotch that tapers to nothing at the side seam.  This really helps get rid of some of that excess fabric that I always have hanging off me in RTW pants.

Blank Slate Oceanside Pants

To do this alteration without a side seam, draw an imaginary vertical line where the side seam would approximately be.  Draw a horizontal line just under the back crotch to the “side seam”.  Slash the horizontal line to the “side seam”.  Fold up the needed amount, tapering to zero at the imaginary side seam.

Flat seat alteration on a one piece pant

I didn’t do anything else for fit other than shorten the length a bit.

An easier drawstring

Does anyone else use a drawstring threader?

Easy Threader Flexible Needle Drawstring replacement and craft tool by schaller

I love these things.  When I was a kid, my Mom taught me to thread elastic through casings with a safety pin.  Of course, having done this yourselves, you know that when you do this, you not only hurt your fingers half the time, but it’s cumbersome and slow.  You just might lose the elastic in the process too.  You pass a drawstring threader through the whole casing, then attach your drawstring and pull it back through in one move.  It’s such a time saver.  The drawstring on these pants has fabric ends with an elastic middle.  The casing is really narrow, so even with the drawstring threader, it’s really tough to pull the fabric/elastic combo through evenly.

I learned on the back cutout dresses that it’s easier to thread the elastic through first, then sew on the drawstring ends.  This way, you won’t have to pull the drawstring ends through the whole casing, and the elastic will be where it’s supposed to be.

Retie it dear.

So I had a terrible time of these pants falling off of me.  As the day goes on, they droop and loosen and it’s just a bit fussy and not a look I’d like to wear out.  I don’t really like having to retie drawstrings, especially out in public, but it goes with the territory.  I’m either really lazy or just prefer more fitted styles!

Berry linen no more

This linen had been in my stash for years.  It used to be a berry color.  Berry colors are really far outside of my palette, so I personally avoid wearing them.  Still, this fabric has a great hand and a beautiful herringbone pattern, so I held onto it.  In the end, I bleached it and then ran it through the wash with Rit Color Remover.  The resulting color is this nice wheat color that is surprisingly in my palette.

Cool and breezy

These have been really great pants thus far for summer.  The linen is breathable, and the loose fit provides for enough movement to help fight sticky hot legs syndrome.  Thanks to Andie for pushing me to give these pants another try!  I know she’s been having some great success with her versions, and the turquoise is AMAZING.

Have you had a pattern you made up and came to like a long time after you made it?

28 thoughts on “Herringbone linen Blank Slate Oceanside pants”

  1. I can’t believe that linen used to be berry coloured! I think I would have ended up with a tie dye looking mess if I had tried this.

    The pants look great and the pocket is a cute detail. Couldn’t you just get rid of the drawstring and sew the elastic closed if you don’t want to re-tie? I think I need one of those elastic threaders…I have moved from safety pins to a bodkin, but it is still slow.

    1. elizabethmadethis

      I’m a serial swatcher when it comes to dye projects, so I knew what was going to happen before I went full tilt. It’s still always a bit of a gamble. I did end up with a couple big splotches from the bleach, but I was able to cut around them.

      I could take out the drawstring, but full elastic pants generally irritate my midsection, and I do like the look of it even if it’s annoying to wear.

      The elastic threader will change your life! It’ll be about the best $5 you’ll spend in the sewing room!

    1. elizabethmadethis

      Thanks Bianca! They are SO comfy and thus far, they’ve been killing it in the 90s. I wish I had had these when I was living in Houston!

  2. There is nothing better than linen for summer…I must have a pair of your pants! I like your method for modifying without a side seam. The biggest surprise in your post for me was the fact that your linen used to be ‘berry’ colored. What?! I’ve always wondered if Rit Color Remover works. Now I know!

    1. elizabethmadethis

      I was glad the alteration worked, though I still miss the shaping of the side seams! I think you’d have fun with the color remover. It does only seem to work on natural fibers (to my great sadness!), and definitely swatch it to see what happens. Like bleach, you’ll want to watch the color change progress and stop it when you like it. I usually do the process in the washer and keep the cycle off until it’s good. Also, it’s bowl you over with the smell–it’s pretty noxious, so that can’t be good. 😉

  3. You did an EXCELLENT job with your pants. I love that nice flowy, easy going fabric and look. You picked just the right fabric and color. Now my “greedy self” wants a pair too. I’ve had a one seam pant pattern in my stash for a very long time but have been scared to give it a try. now I need to pull it out and give it a try.

    1. elizabethmadethis

      Thanks Faye! I have another Sandra Betzina pattern that’s really similar but with some fun details on the side seam hems. I’m interested to see the differences between the patterns. What pattern are you using?

  4. So glad you saved this pants because they do look great on you. They do look very comfortable and airy – perfect for a hot summer day.

    1. elizabethmadethis

      Thanks Tomasa! So far, they’ve been the champions of summer. I’ll have to see how it goes on a 90+ day!

  5. Your comment about hating things you made directly postpartum makes me feel a lot better, actually. I’m multiple projects behind on my blog, since I’m waiting for my husband to be able to take pictures so the toddler doesn’t knock my tripod over and kill my camera, but I feel like pretty much everything I’ve made since has been a fail, or took a ton of tweaking to look good, because I keep getting my sizing wrong. Revisiting these pants was a good idea for you, though. They look sooo comfortable, but way more stylish than yoga pants. I love that pocket detail!

    1. elizabethmadethis

      They’re totally comfortable, and any style, I’m going to attribute to the linen which is lovely. I’m glad you found that encouraging. Postpartum is not for the faint of heart. Between the lack of sleep, all the emotions, and wild unpredictable weight changes, it’s just tough. I remember I took a big pants fitting class at 32 weeks with my second son (I gained the most with him)–what was I thinking?! I made my first pair of jeans maybe 2 months pp with him which fit for precisely 2 wears—and all that work! Hang in there, and I hope Padawan can help you out on the sleep front soon too!

  6. What a great combination of sophistication and comfort! Wow, that fabric used to be berry…what a beautiful turnout! I never would have thought to adjust the seat of the pants without a side seam. Great idea! I’m thinking I need to go out and buy me a threader stat! I always use the safety pin, but that sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Such lovely pants!

    1. elizabethmadethis

      Thank you! Sometimes you have to fake alterations to make it work! That one makes such a difference for me. A threader will change how you do casings forever–it’s so fast and easy, and they’re very thin, so they’ll fit in even the narrowest of casings.

    1. elizabethmadethis

      Thanks Sarah! I swear sometimes you just have to take a break from some patterns. I totally hated these pants until Andie started talking about what a good experience she had had with them. How is your capsule sewing coming?

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