I met up with a couple of friends recently, and one of them wore a pair of really cool fringed trousers from & Other Stories. I wanted a pair and left my friends with a promise I’d make some.
Here they are! But you try photographing black silk. Even better, try photographing a black dog sat beside some black silk. Welcome to the vortex, friends! This photo makes me laugh so much.
I bought my fringing off Walthamstow market. There are lots of ebay and Amazon sources, but I found them all really tricky to judge so I’m not going to link here. The good stuff doesn’t come cheap at £5 a metre. I used two. (Read to the end of this blog post for a potential free source!)
The ends of the tassels are basted together with white thread that is easily removed once you pinch an end and pull. There’s a cool video of this in action on my Instagram stories.
The trousers are sewn from the same silk I used for a recent Ogden cami. This silk is so beautiful to wear and doesn’t crease much. It’s from The Man Outside Sainsburys. He has some lovely silks and a white eyelet cotton that I think I need to go back for.
How To Sew With Fringe
- Pin and baste your fringing along a raw seam, with the tassels facing in to your piece.
- Be careful not to stretch out the fringing tape as you baste or this shall make the final seam line pucker.
- Unless you want your tassels hanging below the hem of your make, finish them above the hem line to allow for drape.
- Sew your seams as you would normally and press open.
Obviously, you’ll need to be careful not to catch the ends of your fringing in any sewing, but that’s nowhere near as tricky as it sounds. Here’s where my fringed seam meets the waistband.
Okay, that’s your lot! Except… Are you inspired to sew your own fringed trousers? I have two metres of this fringing left. If you’d like a chance to win it, all you need to do is sign up to my newsletter for behind-the-scenes fortnightly updates. Seriously, it’s the best club in town! You have until midnight GMT Wednesday 18 July. This giveaway is open internationally.