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40s-inspired wide-legged navy trousers

Added Apr 22, 2012

by m1khaela

Brooklyn, New Yo...

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Description

These might look like ordinary trousers, but they contain a veritable universe of pain, suffering, hard-won sewing experience—and eventual triumph! Also: polka-dot pockets and a hidden elastic waistband. They’re the first proper pants I’ve made and despite a few imperfections, the most comfortable, best-fitting pair of pants I own.

I took my time, made a muslin, read lots of reference materials, did lots of basting, and ripped out and redid anything that wasn’t quite right. And as I wore them at work for the first time I had this nagging sensation that they were too good to be true… but no. They’re real, and they’re mine! Phew!

I made the size 14 according to my measurements, which seemed to fit in the muslin but ended up having to take the sides in quite a bit in the fashion fabric. Full and exhaustive details on my blog, Polka Dot Overload

Material Notes

Main fabric: soft navy corduroy from my stash. I found it really tricky to cut in layers—it kept sticking to itself, so one leg came out longer than the other and I had to recut in single layers. Pockets and inner waistband: polka dot quilting scraps by Denyse Schmidt from the stash.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Spring, Fall, Winter
For
Women
Garment Type
Pants
Style
Business, Casual, Classic, Vintage
Material
Corduroy

Credits

Vogue

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