Landers Pants from Olive Twill – A Great Combination
Posted in Projects on Thursday the 25th July 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Hi, Lori from Girls in the Garden and I am happy to be be back again for Minerva. When I saw this army green Cotton Twill Fabric, I knew it was meant to be a pair of True Bias Lander Pants! This fabric is non-stretch, medium weight, 100% cotton and 60 inches wide.
This twill comes in 17 colors, so pick the one you like the best. I see a couple more I like for more Landers, a perfect staple.
This twill washed beautifully and was so easy to sew and press. I find the twill to be the perfect weight, especially for summer. After making my first pair of Landers, I knew I needed more in my wardrobe. I was so excited to see the Army Green color as one of the choices of colors. In my opinion, the Army Green is a neutral and will really work perfectly with so many tops and blouses I have.
I stitched the Landers on my sewing machine and serged all the edges. I did baste the outside edges of the pants to test the fit. After this test fitting, I did taper them a bit more from the high hip down, for a slimmer fit in the hips.
While making these Landers, I wanted to do something different with them. I thought of embellishment but really didn’t want to limit the garment. The hem length was always going to be cropped, just above the ankle.
Then it just popped into my head… a split hem. I did not use a tutorial for the split hem but here is a good one from Burda Style and they refer to it as a slit hem. So split or slit, either name makes for a great detail.
On my pants, I went ahead and stitched all the way down on the outside seam, allowing me to try them on for the length and marking that length. Once the length was determined, I unsewed up just enough to do the split hem. After constructing the split hem, I did double or should I say triple check to make sure each side of the split was even. Yes, I did have to unsew one side a couple of times to get them just right! My final touch was to add a bartack at the top of the split, adding stability to this unstable seam.
The button fly Is such a fun detail, reminds me of the Levi 501’s I always wore! I did have three colors of jean buttons and went with the antique copper. The contrast of the antique copper and the army green was a good combination.
This fabric is so good and so perfect for any type of bottom weight garment. I cannot be more pleased with how my pants turned out and know they will be my go-to garment this summer.
Thanks for reading,
Lori @ Girls in the Garden
Melissa E of mahlicadesigns said:
Very nice Landers Lori. I like the split hem idea and it could be fun line it with a fun fabric that you cuold roll up and cuff. · 25th Jul 2019 06:25pm
Blanca Blak said:
Brilliant trousers · 25th Jul 2019 11:32am
Blanca Blak said:
What a brilliant idea for the split hem, and I love the fabric. You have inspired me to get out my Lander pants pattern and get a pair made. Might even just copy yours. · 25th Jul 2019 11:31am