Black wool trousers

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 34962532_10160398530230063_5112002416526491648_n (1)

I love these trousers with my Carbeth Cardigan which seems to be the perfect length.

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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.DSC01041

These are a basic wardrobe staple and I anticipate wearing them a lot for the next few winters.

 

 

 

Fadanista

20 thoughts on “Black wool trousers

  1. Good save. They look very cosy for our current cold weather. I find a curved waistband much more comfortable than a rectangular one as I don’t have a gap between ribs and hips for it to sit in. I don’t know why they don’t feature more often.

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  2. What a great addition to your wardrobe 🙂 Those trousers work well with everything you wore them for the pictures and I like the wide fit. Can’t believe you made them out of one yard of fabric, witchery!

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  3. How clever to manage the way you did with so little fabric! The waistband looks wonderful. And we all need such lovely wool pants. I too look forward to your tutorial on contorting the seam to finish off the lining next to the zipper!

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  4. Love these, oh to have you skill (sigh). It is great how you can adapt the fabrics. I may need to re-learn knitting because that cardigan is adorable ♥️

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  5. Your trousers look good with everything you combine and the fit and proportions are spot on. I love that you have lined them with the silk. All the details make them so luxurious.

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