In the navy

I’ve mentioned before on this blog how much I love a spring trouser. Temperatures have to get pretty high before I bare my legs to the world, so for much of the year I live in smart, slightly cropped trousers.

My last few makes have been relatively easy, so I’ve been planning to try something a bit more challenging. A pair of trousers ought to do the trick – and the timing couldn’t be better, seeing as the reign of the skinny jean seems to finally be over.

This time, I bought the fabric way before the pattern. A few weeks ago I took a trip to the Merchant and Mills store in Rye, probably the coolest and chicest fabric store I have ever been to. Their patterns and fabrics are simple and understated, with a strong emphasis on quality and provenance – basically, everything I aim for with my dressmaking. I bought a lovely navy cotton twill

I’ve also already bought the pattern – The Avid Seamstress’s City Trousers. I was torn between these and Sew Over It’s Ultimate Trousers, but these won out because of the waistband – even though it will be tricky to sew, I think it will give them a better finish.

My inspiration for these trousers come from the usual suspects, Cos, Whistles and & Other Stories:

I love how Cos (top left) and Whistles (right) have styled theirs with black tops – a colour combination I love as I think it looks smart, without being too matchy-matchy.

As I’ve previously only made trousers with an elasticated waistband, I plan to make a toile (for the first time) for these trousers. The main reason for sewing your own trousers is to get the fit spot-on, and I really don’t want to waste this fabric so extra care and attention will definitely be needed on this project.


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