So what better idea to celebrate Scottish heritage with some handmade tartan trousers? Last time I discussed Ethical & Sustainable Home-Made Fashion , I could have probably concluded that topic with a message of hope, mentioning that Chanel recently bought Scottish knitwear manufacturer Barrie Knitwear which had gone into administration last year, securing in the process the jobs of all 176 employees and preventing the historic brand from closure. This was certainly inspirational enough for me to start working for the very first time on tartan fabric to create a new pair of trousers.
I’ve always loved the feel and beauty of tartan although, strangely enough, I’ve never owned a piece of clothing made from it. The fabric I’ve chosen ticked every box in the “David Wants to Play with This” check list and the fact that I’ve always wanted to integrate the colour yellow into my garments – in a subtle way – was an added bonus for me. It was quite exhilarating for me not to choose a cheap fabric “just in case I mess it all up” as I grow more confident with my sewing techniques. That doesn’t mean that Tartan doesn’t present certain challenges with regards to garment construction as all main lines need to be matched, something I will be discussing in a tutorial very soon.
Once I got the all the major lines of the trousers matching perfectly, the construction process is like any other pair of trousers. I chose black fabric for my welt pockets and selected a pretty yellow button at the front…small details like these give a nice finish to your trousers and this is ultimately what you will remember when wearing them, as opposed to how much effort you put into constructing the waistband for example.
The result? I think they’re my best pair of trousers yet and I can’t wait to wear them! I’ve had quite a bit of fun with the photo shoot as you can tell and getting more creative input into the design process of your clothes is really something quite exciting!