Wide load

It feels like Spring has finally arrived in London this week. Ignoring the occasional torrential downpour, the sun has shone, evenings have lasted ever so slightly longer, and temparatures have been mild enough for me to transition into what I like to call ‘mac season’.

I’ve also started to think about summer-appropriate sewing projects. I’m a huge fan of a spring trouser – something warm enough for those slightly chilly and dewy mornings, but not too heavy for when the day warms up. I have a number of plain and patterned pairs in mostly tapered/cigarette shapes. While a slim leg will always be my go-to, the current trend for a wide leg  has caught my eye and will be perfect for my first attempt at making trousers.

In a somewhat bold move, I’ve decided to make my new trousers in a striped fabric. I’ve seen a few pairs around and think the stripe will be perfect to take me from spring (paired with a lightweight jumper) to summer (with a high-neck sleeveless top or an off-the-shoulder number a la Whistles), and will hopefully prevent the trousers from looking too ‘worky’.

Here are some of the pairs that have inspired me:


1 Whistles Cut About Stripe Trousers | 2 Topshop Awkward Stripe Trousers | 3 ace&jig bay pants

As I’ve never made trousers before, I plan on starting with a pair of pyjama trousers from Tilly and the Button’s book Love at First Stitch. This will allow me to check my measurements and test a new pattern – as well as buying me more time to find the right fabric. On my most recent trip to Goldhawk Road, I bought some lilac brushed cotton to make the pyjama trousers.

Fabric-wise, I love the idea of a brushed cotton as I imagine that to be fairly hard wearing. However, I think there might be more choice of pattern if I opt for linen. If I can’t find anything else, I’m thinking about ordering this linen from Fabrics Galore in Clapham, but  if anyone knows where I might find a fabric similar to the Whistles trousers above, please do let me know!



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