I love tap pants.
You might think that is because I live in Wellington – one of the windiest cities in the world, where the Southerly gales lift your skirts over your head if you are lucky. If you aren’t lucky they are lifting your feet over your head!
Or you might think it is because I am into vintage clothing, and dress like an early 20th century fashion plate half the time.
My love of tap pants goes back much further than this, to my childhood.
I’m kama’aina – Hawaiian born and raised. And in Hawaii, people love shorts. People love shorts so much that little girls wear shorts under their skirts, and bigger girls do too.
You know those emails that go around that go “You know you are from _____ if…?”. The one for Hawaii says “You know you are from Hawaii if you always wear shorts under your skirts.”
Yep. Tap pants are a part of my culture!
These are my favourite tap pants – they work perfectly under any skirt, are super comfortable, and are (if I do say so myself) pretty darn adorable. This is one of the types of tap pants I’ll be teaching students how to make at Made Marion.
This particular pair are also the perfect melding of Hawaii and my life today – the fabric is a sumptuous stretch silk crepe given to me by Mrs C (of Made Marion) shortly after we met. The palest blue vintage lace and the contrast binding are things I inherited from Nana. The pattern is one I’ve been tweaking for myself for years. They tie together my childhood, the amazing group of friends I’ve assembled, my New Zealand family, and my work.
And I love them. How could I not? The fabric is ‘the colour of a sigh’. The lace has bows on it! I got to use contrast binding on the outside! And every single seam is perfectly finished. Happiness!
Oh, and they mean that I actually did make something for this weeks Sew Weekly challenge: a garment inspired by a city or place. Accomplishment!