Added Nov 18, 2011
London, United K...
I bought the new Colette Patterns Clover trouser pattern and I just had to try it right away!
There’s only four pattern pieces (five if you count the pockets) so this is about as simple as trousers get, and Colette have rated this as for Beginners, too. My first step was to make up a quick muslin in some super cheap stretch viscose I had on hand, but I hadn’t realised that the stretch was lengthwise until midway through cutting it, meaning there’d be no stretch around the body.
And you know what? These trousers still fit like a dream, with zero fitting wrinkles! I kid you not! It’s like Sarai came and measured me in my sleep or something (really, that’s bordering on creepy right there!). The only alteration I made with this final version was to add 2” to the leg length at the indicated line. Otherwise View A (the longer length) were still above my ankle bone when unhemmed. I’m not sure what height Colette drafts for, but I usually have to lengthen Burda trousers, too (but not Knip!) so I’d guess it’s around the 5’6” range.
The fabric I used here is a very dark green stretch cotton sateen which I bought off eBay, paying £3 total for 3m! It washed up fine but is looking a bit mottled and furry already, unlike the stretch cotton sateen I used in my aqua skirt, which still looks pristine. So clearly there’s a quality divide among cotton sateens, which is good to know for the future.
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