Blue Sky Landers
Posted in Projects on Wednesday the 11th September 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Hey there, Its Carol here aka Chatterstitch, I’m back today to talk to you about my new summer weight Lander pants.
I’ve had the True Bias Lander Pants Pattern for a while now and although I have made one pair already, they are quite a heavy weight drill. They are really lovely, but as we are heading into summer (hopefully) I really wanted to make a lighter weight pair in a summery shade.
So, when this Cotton Twill Fabric became available on the Minerva website, I just knew it would be perfect for my Summer landers.
I pre-washed my fabric as usual and line dried (as I always do) before proceeding to cut my Landers. The Minerva website suggests 40 °C so that’s the temperature I chose. I’m sure any of you who have read my product reviews before will remember that I usually wash at 30 ° C but as these are more likely to get grubby being trousers and are quite a pale blue I didn’t want to risk having to wash at a higher temperature to remove a stain than the temperature I had pre washed at. So, 40°C was the temperature I chose.
The fabric is a generous 58 inches wide, so I managed to cut both legs practically side by side. With just a small offset.
I used a scrap of contrast cotton for the pocket linings, I just love to use up my scraps, don’t you? I think it’s better than cutting a useful sized piece of fabric and also better for the environment.
I also used a contrast thread in my over locker upper and lower loopers, just to add a little interest to my seam finishing.
The fabric is 100% cotton twill, and is available in a staggering 17 different colours, practically every colour imaginable. From summer shades like my pale blue, pink, cream and yellow plus all the darker shades like the delicious bordeaux and purple.
If you have never made trousers, I think these would be a really good place to start, the instructions are really clear and easy to understand. Also, because there is no tricky zip and fly, they are a good introduction. The fitting is also very easy as the inside seams are sewn then the button opening, then the sides are basted with a one-inch seam so the fit can be adjusted to fit the individual. I personally chose to narrow the legs on this pair from the bell-shaped typical landers as shown in the pattern and on the True Bias website. They are described on the website as an intermediate make and I think that I would agree with that statement, although I do think a careful and enthusiastic beginner could tackle them with some guidance.
I’m really pleased with my sky-blue Lander pants and I think they will get lots of wear throughout the summer both on holiday and at home. They are very comfortable as they are quite roomy so what with that and the fact that they are cotton should mean they will keep me nice and cool throughout the hotter months of the year. I also think they will make a great garment to travel in, when going on holiday.
That’s all for now guys, till next time keep chatting and stitching!
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