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  • My Handmade Tartan Trousers

    Posted on 22/06/2013 by David in My Handmade Closet.


    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!

     

4 Responses so far.

  1. Karen says:

    They’re really fun!
    I have been gifted some gorgeous vintage tweedy wool from the mother in law this weekend, was going to play it safe with a wiggle skirt or a pinafore style dress, now this has got me thinking I may end up with a pair of high waist wide leg trousers instead.

    • David says:

      Lovely present Karen! Wiggle skirts are so flattering but the high waist wide leg trousers idea would make a really smart and “groovy” addition for the colder season. Sounds like a winner to me! 🙂

  2. Avery says:

    Really nice job on the pants. I’ve been putting off my craving for plaid, and for learning to sew pants. I make a lot of vests and shirts, but pants seem to require so much more careful tailoring that I’ve been intimidated. Yours look great!

    • David says:

      Oh thank you! I have to say they are my favourite pair of trousers so far and I’ve only done 4 or 5! Trust me, if I can do it, I’m sure you can too 🙂

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