So I get it. It’s totally, 100% cruel to be posting holiday pics as winter descends on us in the northern hemisphere.
But hear me out.
You’ve heard me talk about wardrobe team players and, guys, these are the holy grail.
I made these Lander shorts back in August for Kelli and have been wearing the bejeezus out of them on our break in Cyprus. Over on Instagram you guys showed a heck of a lotta love for ’em and the super awesome fabric they’re made from (keep reading to learn more, honestly, you’ll never guess).
So I basically thought this post was worth some jealous holiday vibes.
Read on my friends 😋
This is Kelli’s latest release for True Bias. And guys it’s a doozy.
The Lander pattern is an easy-going, wide-legged trouser/short pattern with a very cool 70s vibe. It’s high waisted with large patch pockets on the front and back and an exposed button fly. It also comes in 3 lengths – shorts, ankle or full length (to wear with heels).
I normally avoid making trousers/pants (so many fit issues!) and I’m not a huge fan of garments with multiple buttons (another nemesis of mine). But Kelli’s instructions are really clear and I was really impressed with the fit straight off the pattern without any adjustments.
And now let’s talk about this fabric for a minute.
I was approached some time ago by Thread International – a sustainable fabric company doing great things. Taking plastic bottles that wash up on beaches and turning them into cloth using workers in Haiti. I mean, super do-gooders, right?
I picked this olive coloured lightweight canvas, but was a bit stumped when it arrived since it was not as soft as I hoped it would be (though TBF the clue was in the name – what did I expect from canvas?) I’d been waiting to find the right project when the Landers came along.
Quite a few people have asked me if what the fabric’s like – is it comfortable and breathable?
I wore these puppies in 30C heat, wandering around towns and sitting in the car for long-ish journeys and found them comfortable with no chaffing. I probably wouldn’t use this fabric for a dress or top – I think it’s too stiff for that. But it made great shorts and am thinking maybe a light jacket or anorak next.
I know Thread International also spin the bottles into thread used in jerseys so if you’re looking for a softer material that might be right up your alley. I’ve noticed they don’t offer this colour anymore, but the do have a lot of other options.
Construction and fit details
Right, back to the make 😄
I made a size 6 based on my rtw size and made no adjustments since I was pattern testing. If I was being a perfectionist I should have drafted a curved waistband to avoid the giant gap at the back caused by my sway back. But done is better then perfect, right?
Finally I sewed everything up using Kelli’s instructions – which I always think are spot on. From then I’ve just basically been waiting for warmer weather to pounce on these.
So the final verdict
These shorts are a great addition to my summer capsule. The colour is gentle enough to go with everything. Plus they wear really well. And then throw into the mix the fact that they’re made from fabric that’s good for the environment AND helps people.
What more could you ask for?
My next move is to sew it up in the ankle length in a Mid-blue 70s denim.
As for the Lander pattern, well it’s true love people. I reckon it’s hands down the coolest trouser/pant pattern on the block at the moment. Of course the fact they’re flattering and not too diabolical to make helps too 😄
I’d say the Lander pants/shorts is definitely worth considering for anyone wanting to dip their toe in the me-made trouser/pant game.
A flattering and easy pant/trouser is the holy grail of sewing, no?
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The fabric for this was kindly provided by Thread International (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.