I have a problem.
I am addicted to sewing casual, slouchy trousers.
But guys, these beauties had to be made. They are almost 100% close to my ultimate dream pair of summer trousers: tapered in the leg with a relaxed fit, topped off with an elasticated waist all made up in a breezy, modestly jazzy fabric.
And this pair has belt loops. Belt loops! (more on those and other juicy details at the end of the post)
I’ll be honest, I was worried the fabric weight wouldn’t be quite right for the relaxed trouser style I was going for. But man, was I wrong.
And now this fabric has totally made me rethink my feelings about 100% cotton for clothing. I’m all in now.
And can we talk about the pattern for a sec? It’s from the Japanese pattern book Casual Sweet Clothes which a friend at work recommended. I’ve not tried pattern books before, but I think I may be becoming a bit of a fan.
These still need some work. The excess fabric in the hips and around the side seams is definitely bumming me out. But I reckon an hour with some pins and the sewing machine will sort out most of the issues.
So, what do you think? Have you been making any fab trousers for summer? Have you been tempted to sew with 100% cotton lately?
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring).The fabric used in this project was kindly gifted to me by Art Gallery Fabrics. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. ‘Cause that’s just how I roll.
Pattern: I used the trouser pattern from the book Casual Sweet Clothes. The pattern makes a wide legged trouser with an elasticated waist featuring belt loops and side pockets.
It has a soft hand and a good drape. I had a big question mark as to how these would hold up to daily wear and tear, but so far so good. It even managed a long car journey without creasing. Score.
I followed the size guide and cut a large based on my measurements. I thought this was a bit weird (I’m usual a small medium), but thought the sizing might lean towards the small side.
I should have stuck to my guns and cut a medium. I had to take in significant amounts from the inseam (and still need to take at least an inch on either side seam).
Even then I still feel like this swamps me a little. Especially in the hips. There’s all sorts of excess fabric happening there. Not a good look.
What changes did you make to the pattern or construction?
I do love this pattern, but it did need some tweaking to give it some shape. Apart from tapering the inseam by 4″, I also shortened the length by about 3″.
And I didn’t add ribbon to the side seams or pocket (as suggested in the instructions) as I wanted a more clean-lined look.
What did you like about the pattern?
This was actually a really simple pattern to put together – the pocket was just one piece which was pretty neat. The instructions were a little tricky to follow at times, but I got there on the end (I certainly wouldn’t recommend this for beginners).
What will you do differently next time?
OK, I LOVE the belt loops on this and the rather wide waistband. But, I had to do a significant amount of tweaking to get the tapered look I was aiming for (though partly my fault for cutting the wrong size).