June 10, 2015

Odd trousers revealed

Since Monday, I've been at home with a nasty cold... I shouldn't complain, I rarely get ill. It's just that I had so many plans for those days. Including interesting things, involving other people which I would definitely have done otherwise.

Anyway. Fortunately, in the weekend, just before it hit me (although I did have a sore throat on Sunday) E helped me take pictures not just of the orange 1946 dress but also of the pair of loose fitting casual trousers I had talked about in this post and in this one.
It's a far cry from the glamorous dress that followed it but it is the kind of garment that's comfortable and easy to wear under different circumstances. It's very likely it will see a lot more wear than that lovely dress (and I don't usually shy away from wearing lovely dresses for everyday activities).

As I mentioned before, I set out to make loose trousers with a functional wrap detail. In the earlier posts, I explained the pattern and the sewing (which is actually easier than making a normal fly front).

Here, you can see what it actually looks like. I made a tie in this case, but you could also close these with a button.

And this is how it works:

I didn't put a waistband on the extra width of the wrap. This reduces bulk. So, you have an interrupted waistband with a snap at one end and the tie at the other.

You fold the end with the snap against the body, past your center front and connect the snap to its other half on the inside of the waistband.

Then, you fold the other end over it, and tie a bow.

Whether or not trousers like these are flattering is entirely based on your own preferences. If by "flattering" you mean "showing off every curve" then they're certainly not flattering. However, I do think they have a kind of cool that makes up for it. At least on some days ;)


  1. I don't usually comment, but now I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this, drafting, technique and all! It's a fun detail and I can totally see myself wearing these. Your second picture answers the "flattering" question, these trousers are just cool.

  2. Those are really cool trousers! That's such an interesting design detail, and very Japanese looking.

  3. I'm loving these! If you had the pattern on for sale, I'd buy them right now :)

  4. How cool! I like the length too.

  5. I like these pants . The wrap over is interesting and they look comfortable.