Whenever I went to the fabric stash, my eyes would be drawn to this crazy silk that I bought when I was in New York. What, oh what, would I make with it? Then I saw Sew Dixie Lou’s trousers and they reminded me of Erika Bunker’s trousers, and I remembered a pattern that had been stuffed in a drawer for ages. Bingo! Was this my answer to the current trend for printed trousers? (If you’re looking for your own inspiration, you could take a look here.)
These are basically pyjamas, but with the added details of pockets and a stomach-flattering flat front waistband piece:
I tapered the legs into the ankle by 1.5 inches on either outside leg seam – so there’s quite a lot of flim flam I lost there. It’s worth knowing that at 5’5″ I hemmed these with the scantest hem, so if you’re taller than me you may want to add length.
Other than that, these came together really easily and are surprisingly flattering. You’ll want fabric with fantastic drape, as this silk has. I had to hack about three inches off the recommended elastic length for the waistband, so you might want to check that. Otherwise, these make for a really comfie – if somewhat crazy – pair of summer trousers that will be perfect for staying cool on Ella’s longer dog walks.
I also think these are perfect for throwing into the suitcase when you’re going on holiday. Really, I should be wearing these sat by a pool, drinking a pina colada, don’t you think? Shame it’s a rainy London day today!