A couple of years ago, with Sarah’s help I drafted a pair of wide legged trousers using the Winifred Aldrich book, Metric Pattern Cutting for Women. I’ve made a few pairs of these trousers so knew the fit was pretty good but they are all summer versions, so thought I’d cut a pair of winter ones from this gorgeous Italian wool remnant I bought in Stockholm. Please note the word “remnant” – I had a scant metre of the fabric – in fact, it was a yard. Not enough for trousers, but I wanted trousers, so I did what anyone would do and lowered the waistline and pieced together a wide waistband.
When I wear them with my silk and cotton Nottingham top from Itch to Stitch, you can’t even tell. The scarf is a magnificent naturally dyed silk which was a gift from my friend Sophie. Also wearing Letitzia suede loafers from a shop that has now closed down.
It was hard to take a photograph on my so I laid them out flat so you can see the curved waistband which is really comfortable and sits very flat against my waist.
The wool is extremely fine and fairly tightly woven, but I still wanted to line the trousers to make them a bit warmer and to stop them stretching out.
I used some black silk that I had in my stash and just lined them to the knee. I had meant to go to just below the knee but misjudged somehow so the lining finishes above the knee, which is a bit useless, but still feels quite luxurious.
I decided to add hanging loops in the side seams of the waist band, but I’m not sure why as I note that I’m not using them. I contorted the trousers so that I could sew the lining to the zip using a hidden seam. I learned this technique in my patternmaking class and it’s proven to be very useful.
I love these trousers with my Carbeth Cardigan which seems to be the perfect length.
I can wear these trousers with many of my handknits and jackets and they’ve been worn at least once a week since I made them a few weeks ago. Here I’ve teamed them with Marni boots.
These are a basic wardrobe staple and I anticipate wearing them a lot for the next few winters.