Hello online sailors! Wanna embrace your inner Moby-Dick? Christopher Colombus? Or release the smouldering Rita Hayworth in you surrounded by hot-looking sailors in a seedy bar of Shanghai? (Oops…). Well you’ve not exactly come to the right place I’m afraid! Saying that, if your point of reference is more updated, let’s say Pirates of the Caribbean, then my Nautical trousers could certainly give Captain Jack Sparrow a run for his money in the camp department.
I swear one day I will eventually come around and settle for something classier, with pretty topstitching and metal buttons as one would expect for classic Nautical trousers, but that day hasn’t arrived yet so you will have to bear with my eccentricities until then. I did try…oh yes I did… to come up with something original yet elegant and I think that I’ve partly succeeded, at least as far as the original part is concerned. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the end result and will certainly wear them on many occasions, but did I really need two different patterned fabrics combined with plain navy blue to do one pair of trousers? In hindsight, I could have easily opted for the elegant option by just sticking to the fabric I chose for the bottom hem (navy blue white stripes anchors) and used it as well for the waistband and pockets at the front & back. I could have then finished the trousers off with lovely white topstitching and bingo! They would have looked elegant (sigh! But at least I am not completely clueless…or deluded!). Had I done the same with the other fabric with cute little beach huts, I would have looked like a 5-year old in a grown-up body so credit to me for avoiding that big no-no.
What was really exciting for me was that the design decisions were overtaking the technical aspects of sewing such as the design of the back pockets and combining the belt loops with the outside of the waistband. I feel it does work but the big question is: does it work as a whole? Should I have simplified the look of these trousers? I guess it’s a question of personal taste and something I may start taking into consideration for future projects. When you’re fairly new to the wonderful and exciting world of sewing garments, it’s easy to get carried away and forget that sometimes “less is more”. So any regrets in the end? Non, je ne regrette rien bien sûr! You will even see a little photoshoot of me wearing them very soon! These trousers do reflect my personality and where I am at this stage in my sewing, but let’s just say they have given me “food for thought” for future projects…hopefully?