This week I am finally posting garments I have been making slowly - and I mean, slowly, following my principle of doing a little sewing every day. It's really a good approach to making those simple basics that everyone needs in their wardrobe. Today I will be showing you my version of New Look 6216, the trousers.
I made them in cotton broadcloth, as I like natural fibres - they are much cooler in the heat.
The trousers are designed to sit just below the natural waistline and have an elastic waist with drawstrings.
I used size 8 and just added a tiny bit at the front side waist. I didn't alter the pattern much at all except for raising the waistline an inch/2 cms. I also made the back rise half an inch higher, as I have a long back rise. I decided not to worry too much about fit as these are just knock around, casual trousers. I did my standard baggy under seat alteration, and shortened the pants by 1 inch/2 cms. The trousers have front pockets which were quite fun to make - the pocket bags folded back on themselves. I omitted the drawstring and just used elastic around the waist.
The hips are quite roomy, but I like a lot of ease in casual pants - the ease allows for ease of movement as well, especially important when using a non stretch fabric. Also, I like to create the illusion that I have hips!
The pictures can tell the story. Just in case it is not obvious, these pants are not black but a nice navy. I am wearing the pants with a camisole - I wouldn't dress like this in real life, I would wear the pants with a top - but the camisole allows you to see the garment as it really is:
And now for the view of the pockets:
I like these pants, and they will be a great staple in my wardrobe for many years to come. I aim to get at least 5 years from them, so these are a real investment workhorse garment. They may not be high fashion, but they work. Ahh, the benefits of getting older and wearing just what you like without worrying about whether it is "on trend"or not. Just so long as it looks good for the activity, I am happy.
I hope you are enjoying some sewing success amidst Christmas activities.
Sarah Liz :)