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  • Turquoise & Brown Plaid Trousers Completed

    Posted on 11/02/2014 by David in My Handmade Closet.


    Is there such a thing as having too many plaid trousers in your life? I hope not because I’ve just completed my third pair and I’m still very much in love with all things plaid. I doubt I ever tire of that brown and turquoise combination, it’s really original! Matching those cute squares of fabric can be hard work but this is really worth it in the end.

    I used Vogue V8940 and I didn’t have the same issues as last time. I chose size 36 grading out to 34 for the legs and taking off half an inch from the centre back to make my bum look perky 🙂 That worked well, I even think I could get away with size 34 throughout with a slightly stretchy fabric.

    I shortened the waistband facing this time to level with the waistband seams. I then used binding to cover the raw edges before sewing the facing by hand onto the waistband seams. This is probably slightly unorthodox but this method worked better for me this time. The only downside of these trousers is I should have put a piece of interfacing to the waistband facing to make it stiffer. This aside, they look quite fun but I will probably give plaids a rest for the next project!

16 Responses so far.

  1. Delgado says:

    Les pantalons à carreaux j’ai bien connu dans ma jeunesse, du temps où j’étais mince et svelte, et j’en avais plusieurs dans mon dressing alternés avec des jeans…..la belle époque !

    PS poses-tu dans le jardin de Lee (et le tien) ?

    Kisssssssssssssssssss

  2. Wil says:

    The pants are superb. I like your shoes also!

  3. Peter says:

    Those look great, David. Very jaunty!

  4. Maddie says:

    There’s nothing wrong with making a garment several times. Isn’t that called a tried and true pattern (TNT) – that pattern that all sewers strive to have a set of? Love the new trousers!

  5. oonaballoona says:

    i saw these when you posted, during a project sewn MELE, and they made me so happy. is it weird that your pants make me happy?

    • David says:

      No, no, it’s perfectly normal Oona, they make me happy too just like your fabilicious pink dress…now that could be weirder to say that your dresses always make me happy 🙂

  6. Sassy T says:

    Love these pants, I mean Love.
    Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

  7. John Yingling says:

    When I do waistbands, I use a stiff fusible like Tailor Fuse for the shell, and for the waistband facing I use a lighter weight knit fusible. With both sides interfaced, this should give you just the right amount of stability.

    Binding the raw edge of the waistband facing is a nice touch, just make sure not to twist the binding. When sewn correctly, the binding should be perfectly flat.

  8. John says:

    When I do waistbands, I use a stiff fusible like Tailor Fuse on the shell and on the facing I use a knit fusible. Fusing both sides give just the right amount of stability.

    The colorful binding on the raw edge of the waistband facing is a nice touch. Just be sure to keep the binding flat as you sew, otherwise the binding will twist.

    • David says:

      Oh I agree, the binding on each end of the waistband was not great. Very useful tip for the waistbands, I will certainly look up Tailor Fuse. Thanks John!

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