I was also worried about the pockets, which seemed to be quite a large opening - I thought they would have a tendency to gape, and with the fabric I was planning to use for this suit:
I have made this trouser up as a wearable muslin, out of tablecloth damask:
I made these quite short as the fabric ran out, but I knew the pant had potential. I wanted to make them in a lighter weight material to have a closer look at how they might perform in the suiting fabric. If you want to read about the fitting of the tablecloth trousers, do visit here.
The fabric is a very lightweight cotton - a sort of dressy chambray. I got it some years ago from Spotlight.
As these are casual pants, I have made the waistband just a little larger than it needs to be - and then put a bit of elastic in the back section - only for a few inches. This helps to hold the pants up - I am so slim around the hips and bottom garments tend to slide down. It also allows for lots of movement, which I find essential in casual garments.
The photo's next - I am wearing a little thermal top, so excuse the look - I want to see what is going on, and like to show you too. In due course, I will reblog the pants with proper attention to style. But for now, it's about the pattern and the sewing.
First, the dreaded rear photos. I'll get them over and done with :) ----
Baggy under the bottom
Okay, so in future I will need to pinch out quite a bit.
But not so bad when moving - rear fits nicely, and wrinkles sort of not so obvious
And you do need to be able to bend and move.
So next time, I'll have to remove a bit, but not too much, or I might not be able to move!
Nice and roomy to move in, but much fuller than the pattern picture!
Lovely deep pockets, but with a tendency to gape
But with all that roominess easy to move in
And sit in!
So overall, I am very pleased with this pair of pants - which will be worn a lot when our summer finally arrives. Just the thing I have been looking for the supermarket and general chore run - with a nice white tee or shirt, these will work nicely. Maybe not quite the new, elegant look yet, more a reversion to my old girl next door look, but so what, these work!
And will be worn!
I'm not sure I want to make up the suit material in this style, but I do think it would work for a pair of classic black pants, the ones I have been putting off making for months and months - and will put off making until next year. I do like the fact I can move in these, they don't restrict movement at all, and that is a plus with me. When I make them next, I'll tweak the back leg a bit, and then I think will have a
Until next time, do take care everyone,