Organising my mountain of patterns is still a work in progress… I’ve been carefully labelling all my printed paper patterns in little pouches, and they’re so nice to flick through and remind myself what I’ve got (okay, more realistically, knock the pile off the side and spend a while carefully, precariously, re-stacking them). Anyway, I came across my favourite pattern for trousers, the Nowhere Man wide-leg pants, which I’ve used before for a pair of quirky cords, and a re-fashioned pair of jeans.
I’ve made them again, and used my favourite fabric – this time a dark-blue needlecord, which came to me courtesy of the sac magique. I was given a huge length of fabric, and I’ve used it for a couple of dresses, and it’s just perfect for this task.
Hey, did you know, Hebden Bridge was pretty big in the production of corduroy, with a thriving industry in the 18th and 19th Centuries… and the wale/ridges on the fabric were originally cut by hand with a tool called a fustian knife. There’s even a monument in the square to commemorate the fabric trade in the shape of a fustian knife in the square (I always thought it was a sundial, eh, who knew?). So it seems pretty appropriate that I’m making these out of corduroy, right? And thanks to Tom for the history lesson, cos I’ve been living here for nearly 8 years and I had no idea.
So, for these trouser I’ve played with a few different fabrics. I’m using a few patches of fabulous retro-inspired cotton, in flowery motif for the patches on the sides, as well as to line the pockets. I’ve also used it on the inside waistband, and although you can’t see this when it’s on, I thought it was a neat little feature.
I’ve also double-stitched the inside seam (where the two seams rub together as you walk), to add a little bit of detail and to reinforce it, so hopefully it will last longer.
On the back are two faux-suede pockets, also double-stitched, and there’s a fifth pocket on the front in matching fabric. I just though that the brown of the suede worked really well with the pattern on the cotton.
At the front are two belt loops/tabs, and I’ve added little brown buttons which match the colour of the suede, and they look like jeans type buttons too.
There’s also a faux-fly detail, something I hadn’t tried before when making these trousers, and I’m really glad I did as it’s a nice little detail.
On the inside I finished it up with some overlocking, just to make sure that it doesn’t fray, and the bottom are turned up twice.
I’ve used button elastic on the back, with matching buttons the same as on the front, so it’s super easy to adjust the back. I’ve done this because she’s not wearing nappies any more (hurrah), and so she’s lost her chunky nappy-bum, which I always used to have to accommodate, and her waist/back are actually quite small. Plus, as you can see, these are super big on her so far (they are only a size 3T), and very long in the leg, so I wanted to make sure that I could adjust the waistband in the future.
I’m really pleased with how these turned out, it’s actually a dark blue fabric, not black as it looks in the photos, and I’ll try and add few more photos so you can see them a little more closely.
So what do you think?