Hi there

Another month has flown by and I am back with a very practical project - navy blue trousers!

I always find it really easy to be seduced by all the print fabrics when I am choosing my projects for the Blogger Network, but on a day-to-day basis I know that it is solid trousers and skirts that I always reach for.

This month I have made the Port Trouser Pattern by Pauline Alice. I am becoming a real fan of Pauline Alice Patterns for wearable basics - I already made a Denim Rosari Skirt and I am planning to try the Aldaia Dress Pattern soon.

The Port trousers (and shorts) are slightly loose through the leg and have a fly front and button waistband. The pattern includes slash pockets at the sides and patch pockets at the back (which I omitted).

I made my first pair of Port trousers earlier in the year so I already had an altered pattern ready to go. If you are new to trouser fitting then I found Pauline Alice's post about trouser fitting very helpful - here - and also a really detailed post by Closet Case Patterns - here.

I started with a 44 waist and 48 hip based on my measurements but I made a lot of changes to the raise and crotch depth and probably ended up somewhere else entirely - you can read more about the changes I made to my first pair here. On this version I cut the lower leg slightly wider than the pattern for an even looser fit. I also cut about four inches off the length to end up with a cropped version.

They are made from a Stretch Cotton Sateen Fabric in navy blue. This is an ideal fabric for trousers - smart enough for work but still breathable and very easy to sew with. The small amount of stretch really helps with fitting and means the finished trousers are lovely and comfortable.

To reinforce the waistband I used an Iron On Slotted Waistband Lining. This lining is similar to a fairly substantial interfacing and really gives the waistband some body, so you don't end up with it collapsing after wearing for a day.

Finally I used some of the scraps from my Liberty Melilot Fabric to line the pockets - after all what is the point of sewing if you can't have clothes that are lovely on the inside as well as the outside?

Until next month - thanks for the supplies as ever Minerva!

Louise