The perfect pair of black trousers

This is one of the reasons why I got into making my own clothes – no pair of skinny black cigarette trousers ever seem to fit!! And it’s just depressing after you’ve tried on your tenth pair and spent twenty minutes hopping around trying to get them over your thighs… I’m really hoping that’s not just me anyway…

So this is a review of this pattern:  

Trousers with a back yoke, fly zip and waistband and quite slim through the leg.

I’d made a pair a couple of years ago which I quite liked though I felt the waist wasn’t quite high enough to sit on my natural waist which is what I’d have preferred. Something to rectify now then!

With this pattern, I shortened it in the leg – 2 inches in the mid thigh – and lengthened the hip by 1 1/2 inches. I planned to taper the lower calf slightly whilst sewing rather than take it off the pattern so that I can try it on first and see how much to take it in by.

I used a black cotton sateen with a slight stretch – I think it’s 3% Lycra – that I got in Mood in NYC last November. From what I remember I think it was for The Row which is pretty cool. This fabric was lovely to sew up and easy to press.

This is the final result!

I like them! I like wearing them turned up at the cuff with my chunky black Chelsea boots…   

I bought plenty of that fabric so I’m planning to make a matching black blazer to go with it. I figured that’ll cover me for any business/ work things I might need to wear a power suit for! Now I just need to find a nice blazer pattern!

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