Wardrobe Staple - Pair of Navy Trousers
Posted on Friday the 16th March 2018 by Lady Sewalot
Hello all, for this months Minerva project I made a wardrobe staple - a pair of navy trousers. I chose an Italian wool/viscose Stretch Suiting Fabric
. A nice natural fibre combo with a little bit of stretch added in for comfort.
I used the Closet Case Files Sasha Trousers Pattern
as a base, which in hindsight was not the best of ideas, as although this fabric has got some stretch to it, there isn't quite enough for the negative ease there is in this pattern. I should have sized up (at least around the waist and hips) or used a pattern that isn't designed for stretch fabrics and taken them in if necessary. Because of this, my trousers ended up being far too tight around the waist and hips so I reduced the seam allowance on the side seams and crotch seams to a minimum. I also let them out at the inseam from thigh to knee, keeping the trouser width of the knee to ankle the same. There could be more room at the hips still, but they are much better now than they were, and are quite wearable.
I kept the lines of the trousers really simple, due to time constraints and the lightweight nature of the fabric. The main alteration I made to the pattern was to raise the waist so it would sit at my natural waist, as I thought that they would get more wear that way. I also popped a zip in the side seam instead of all the bulk a fly front would bring. I do miss pockets in these, but with the tight fit I know that pocket bags would look really obvious. I think I might hem them a little shorter as they feel a little more 'hip' that way.
The fabric is a lot more lightweight than I anticipated but it still works for trousers, and will be really nice to wear in spring/summer. ?It does fray as soon as you look at it, so be sure to have some way to finish the seam allowances. I was a little concerned that the wool content would be a bit scratchy but this suiting is absolutely fine to wear against the skin without any discomfort. These trousers should be really versatile in my wardrobe, so I look forward to see how they integrate with my current clothes.
Thank you for reading, to Minerva Crafts for the supplies for this project and to Bethan for taking the photos.