Thursday, 26 June 2014

NOT The Wrong Trousers

Actually the very right trousers.  More right than many RTW trousers I've purchased over the years. 

Rolling on from Me Made May and my pledge to myself to construct more separates I dived into my Barcelona haul of fabric and pulled out some  grey twill - 1.3 metres of perfectly soft cotton, just right for a pair of 3/4 pants.

The pattern used for construction was a Patrones Number 364 from 2008, pattern number 51 - 3/4 trousers with faux pocket flaps and a cute  leg split.  I didn't actually keep the split in as my original intention was to bling up my pants with some nice buttons on the flaps and splits but when I found these babies.........

...... I decided less is more and opted for embellishments on the pocket flap only.  A good job as the buttons were a costly £2.60 each from my local fabric emporium.

Construction commenced with sewing the pockets first, then the fly front which I was very pleased with, not having sewn a fly closing for a not insignificant amount of years.  I followed my Readers Digest sewing bible to the letter and inserted the fly shield just right.  Onto the leg seams;  previously I have made trousers by constructing each leg and then fitting one inside the other, right sides together, and stitching the crotch.  I opted for a different make up with these and instead, after sewing the crotch/back seam, sewed the inside leg seams together.  After laying the trousers out on the floor this is what they looked like:

After basting the side seams it appeared the fit was too big for my frame and I ended up lopping off a good inch or so to bring them in to my measurements.  This is where I was glad I had sewn the inside seams first as it saved a lot of unpicking and, fortunately, side seams amended, fit nicely.

Post fitting they felt a little low slung but the wide waistband with self facing soon fixed that and after a few tweaks the trousers fitted like a dream.
Looking a little creased after sitting on a train for the journey to London but still feeling very comfortable outside the Queen's residence.

I didn't go in here (today!).  I would've spent a fortune!

Next time I think I would consider the addition of belt loops but, in the meantime, what a joy it is to have pants that fit.

Ease factor:  Not so bad, say a 4 out of 10 with the fly zipper being the most head scratching part of the make.  I did have to " re-sew" the outside seams to take them in to fit though.
Cost:  1.3 metres of twill at 7.90 euros a metre, so just under 10.3 euros.

Happy sewing

Linda x


  1. Those trousers look fantastic, and a good hint about the different way to make then up

    1. Thank you Vicki, they're going to get much wear! Glad you found the tip useful.

  2. Ooh, they're fab!

  3. These are fabulous! I just love them! And those buttons are so cute too :) definitely a good idea opting to go for those :)

    1. Thank you Georgia. I like 3/4 pants - they make a change and are more dressy than jeans. I do love a little embellishment on my makes too.

  4. Georgia, those are really cute! Thanks for writing up that way of fitting trousers. It's the way my mother taught me, but I thought I was the only one who did it. What inspired you to try it?

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment. it's nice to see the old ways used sometimes. I just thought it would be good to get all the middle seams aligned instead of having to fiddle about later.
      Glad you enjoyed the post.