Just as Mark is thinking of retiring all his clothes have become rather shabby. Rather than going on a giant shopping expedition, which he hates, I decided to replace all his work clothes with hand made things. I started with the trousers…
I bought Kwik Sew 4045 because I’ve made their jeans (Kwik Sew 3504) for the men in the family and I love the fit and the method of construction of the pocket and fly.
I love making these trousers! They are relatively quick, and the instructions are really comprehensive and easy to follow.
I made these with buttoned patch pockets on the back as per the pattern, but his next pair will have welt pockets. Hopefully.
I used Hong Kong binding on all the seams for comfort, and this really whipped through my bias binding stash. I found some 100% cotton bias in there, it must be really old, but it’s so nice and soft compared to polyester bias binding.
In a nutshell: Pattern is Kwik Sew 4045. I omitted the cargo pockets on the side seams, otherwise, they are reasonably business like.
I used stretch cotton drill bought from EM Greenfield in Sydney. I thought I was buying sufficient, but they shortchanged me by 20cm, so I had to “top and tail” the pattern pieces whilst praying that there was no visible nap. I think I got away with it! The fabric is really nice though. It is crisp with just enough give to make them comfortable. The three buttons are from my stash as was the metal zip.
Right, on to the next pair!