The fabric is a light denim bought as a long length remnant from ebay a while ago. It's twill weave but more of a chambray weight in a glorious 70s shade of mid blue. I did make a test version in some grey poplin and I tweaked the pattern slightly. I shortened the leg by 1" at the length adjustment point. I took in the lower crotch a tiny bit and I shaped the straight waistband slightly- see the modifications lower down. Otherwise, size 12 and the fit on my 27" waist and 36" hips was pretty good. Obligatory booty shot...
The waist sits just below my natural waistline and I thought it might be a little restricting but not at all. They are incredibly comfortable. I don't have many trousers in my wardrobe and I've been keeping an eye out for a pattern I can make repeat pairs from and I think this is it. I don't suit a tailored or skinny leg. My legs and hips are curvy and the flared shape balances them and makes me look taller.
The construction is straightforward and quick too. I love topstitching on relatively plain clothing so I added a few extra lines-double lines on the pockets and wider parallel lines on the hems and waistband. The clogs are low wood brown nubucks from Lotta of Stockholm, I followed the seconds section every day until these came up!
I have no straightness at the waist on my body so I shaped the waistband to prevent the gaping that I got with the straight waistband on the test pair. I created a small dart at the right side of the waistband where there is no fastener. This is ½"across at the widest point and starts and stops at the seam allowance on each edge. Once the long edges are brought together it make a slight slope on one side of the waistband.
On the other side, which overlaps above a concealed zip with a large hook clasp fastening, I drew in half the dart to shape the edge to replace the straight seam. I only did this on one of the edges as this covers up the other!
If I am having a bloating sort of day, I just undo the clasp. On a normal day it is comfortable fastened.
A used a little Liberty lawn lining from a salvaged shirt on the pocket facings...
Despite my rather static facial expression, these are happy pants! The length works with low clogs and flat sandals although I would probably avoid wet weather, I don't want wet, flappy flares. I am wearing it with one of last years Belcarra tops.
I really love them! What trouser pattern would you recommend?