This is my second finished make from my three makes vintage pattern pledge. My first, a skirt from a Betsey Johnson design is here and these trousers are from the same pattern. I made these a while ago but it took me a while to get them photographed and even longer to blog about. They are a mixed success.
Forgive the rather anonymous poses, these pictures were taken the weekend our cat Mindy died so my face was all red and puffy from crying. Anyway, back to the trousers. They were made from Alison Glass Handcrafted in Geese which is a monotone graphite white print. The end result was a rather high contrast for trousers as you can see from the snap below so I dyed them with Dylon hand wash dye in navy. I tend to keep away from the machine stuff have ruined a machine seal with it in the past.
Like the skirt, the pattern fits pretty well and I like a wide trouser but the fabric doesn't really have sufficient drape to carry off this shape and without heeled shoes on they do not really work. They also don't have pockets and whilst this was OK with the skirt, trousers without pockets always seem a little pointless to me. I feel self conscious wearing them and find it hard to match them with any tops in my wardrobe. I don't wear much dark clothing as it tends to drain me of colour. The top in these pics is from a Japanese pattern book, 'She Wears the Pants' and all details can be found here.
There is a very '90s feel to these, and I guess to many of the modern swathe of Batik prints that are coming through at the moment and I don't think it's really for me. I really fell for this fabric when it came out but sometimes you need to look beyond that and ask yourself if it truly suits you and I think this one is definitely up for question.
Ho hum. Not sure what to do with these, they haven't even had a wearing yet! I will be moving on to the jacket part of this pattern next in mustard corduroy and I think that is distinctly safer territory!