This month’s Minerva project sprang from my wish to make a pair of trousers that involved no topstitching whatsoever. It was also inspired by the totally awesome pairs that Rosie from DIY Couture makes, and these overpriced Moschino polka dot trews.
Here’s the result:
You can see more about the project and the fit changes I made on the Minerva Blogging Network here.
These trousers have caused no small amount of controversy within my household. My husband thinks they look like pyjamas. I do own a pair of pyjamas made from extremely similar fabric, so I can see where he’s coming from, but hopefully the fabric is sturdy enough not to look like I’ve just woken up and strolled to the corner shop in my loungewear.
The pattern is from Burda magazine 11/2013, available on the Burda site here, and it’s pretty good, with a shaped waistband and well-drafted pockets. I didn’t bother making a muslin, just compared them to my existing jeans pattern, and the fit isn’t bad, if a little bit tight.
If I’m totally honest, the main reason I chose this pattern is because there are four pieces to trace, and no welt pockets. Although this doesn’t help to support my ‘not pyjamas’ case.
They also have a turn-up cuff thing going on which I like although it’s not that noticeable in this fabric.
I’m not sure if I’ll be wearing these much, but I’m glad I made them. They might be more use in the spring. I’m not convinced this is the most flattering style for the pear-shaped of us. Also, I think this pattern might work better in a slightly heavier wool fabric, as the knees tend to bag out a bit.
Still, I’m counting these as my first win for 2014. I made a wearable pair of non-jeans trousers! Hooray!
Read my Minerva post about these trousers here.
You can buy the polka dot stretch fabric here – I think it would make an amazing fitted dress.
Download the Burd pattern (11/2013 #110A) from the Burdastyle website here.
(sorry for the terrible photos. This is about as light as it gets in Britain at the moment.)