Ok dudes, I have been aching to show off these red trousers, (I think I’d like to call them “cigarette pants”, I hope they qualify) but the thing is, as well as having my aforementioned distractions from sewing/ blogging & even picture taking they are so successful I am wearing them all the time and that means they’re always scruffy…
Well nearly all the non-work time. The photos I have taken show them creased & almost covered in pink velour piggy fluffs & sewing threads had I not found the anti cat hair lint roller in time. So why didn’t I iron them – sorry – what kind of miracle worker do you think I am? It was all I could do to grab a scant hour in my lunch time to lark around in front of the camera …..see pic below to witness them ironed, just to prove that they do get pressed occasionally….
So I made red trousers and they are now nearly perfect for the current un-summer seasonality we are having – as long as I wear thick socks inside the house (cos I get cold feet!). But all my pics are outside (apart from the one above) so you won’t catch sight of them, no fear.
These trousers, if you cast your mind way back, are made using the Built By Wendy Sew U trouser (pants) pattern. I had made it before, but not in fabric with stretch. This red is such an awesome colour & I’d originally thought of making Clovers, but have been too scarred (or scared) to give that another go.
All the construction was straight forward. I had issues with the behind fitting, the “under buttock” crease feeling like some kind of arse-sling. But exposing my concern to the internet allowed some dear commenters to talk sense into me & just live with it. Afterall, we sewsters I think are more prone to spotting flaws in fit because we think we have it in our power to fix it & make it perfect. Well, in the case of these trousers, there is nothing I can do to remedy, it’s not that bad, plus being behind me means that I don’t see it. ha ha ha!
Now you’ll see in the photos that there are creases – but they are generally from wear, not really ill fitting creases, you know the “whiskers” we need to look out for when making trousers. Boy this fabric creases so easily, despite the lycra, so I have given up ironing it every time I wear them.
The pockets are patchwork, but by the time I cut the legs to the required hem length I think I had more than enough for pockets in the wastage. I’ve my Ginger Makes anchor as a nod to my nautical wardrobe. The button is a clear vintage starry one that kind of stood out as the best choice from my button jar. I also used ribbon on the waistband facing, but never feel I have got the use of this right….whenever I topstitch in the ditch from the right side the stitching line on the facing never follows a perfect course matching the facing’s edge …..
Now, these trousers are not only super comfy with that 3% granny lycra, but they are such a hot colour. This colour, this burning red, has to be the equivalent of my black. In my book, red is the new black. Just look at what it can be paired with, & that’s not including a couple of things in the wash. Red is awesome!!!
Have you ever felt that it is the shoes that determine the outfit? Here is another pair that are great with these red trews – I got them in a vintage shop in Manchester. They are lush. But with these trousers they bring out the bad girl in me.
The one who runs & skulks from the camera.
That girl who you just wish would get down from there!
Where next with adventures in trouserland? Well I bought Pants for Real People plus I have a Palmer/Pletsch pattern that I bought yonks ago – they can work in perfect harmony together. When the next pair comes I will try to follow their advice. Plus, rumour has it that there is a most adorable pattern coming from Sewaholic that I might just have to snaffle up….