Why lust after someone else’s trousers when you can sew your own? I’ve been planning this make since seeing Shannon’s gorgeous grey retro trousers which gave me an instant wardrobe crush!!!
Fabric: Herringbone suiting from a shop on Walthamstow High Street, London (there was no sign above the door!). It is strokably soft and has a great trousery drape (yes, two made up words in one sentence!).
Pattern: Simplicity 4044
It’s been a slow burner of a project… after the first toile I realised I needed some expert help so I purchased ‘Sewing Pants That Fit‘. The 3 week wait for delivery from America was worth it, I can’t recommend this book enough. It guided me through each alteration and gave good advice about the order of alterations, measuring the pattern pieces before making a toile and final fitting tips. So the photos might be hilarious but the information is seriously good.
Ahem… moving on. No sorry, one last giggle at the purple jodhpurs. Ok, done.
It’s refreshing to have a wide-leg option to all the slim fitting styles I’ve been dependent on for the last few years and they look good with my recent blouse make too.
To see the fit in the front now compared to my first toile is a huge improvement.
Once I had my pattern pieces finely tuned, the only other change I made was to use an invisible zip instead of the lapped zip suggested in the pattern instructions.
Those front pleats are just yum. And the other fun touch was blind hemming by machine. A nice return to an old friend as it was the second stitch setting I mastered to be able to take up long RTW trousers. I’ll be making my own from now on!