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A Green Ellen

Added Apr 14, 2008

by skaapie

Cape Town, South...






These Ellen pants were really easy to make. I used some khaki cotton my mum found in her stash, but couldn’t remember what she bought it for. So I got new trousers – Hooray!

I shifted the pockets down a bit, because I felt they were too close to the waistband. I used some fun left-over cotton print for the backing of the pocket flaps as a surprise when you open them. The fit is fairly good, although I took them in a bit at the hip and upper thigh (about 5mm on each side). I wear them all the time, the best sign of a good make!

Material Notes

Green cotton khaki/chino;

Left-over cotton for pocket backing;






Garment Type


Burdastyle for pattern

Mum for leftover khaki

Boyfriend for photoshoot

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    Nov 11, 2009, 10.44 PMby tangerinesamurai

    Yours look lovely!

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    May 15, 2009, 10.44 AMby chantalsews

    I’m making those pants tonight, I prepared everything last night, I’m ready to sew tonight…can’t wait to see if mine turn out great also. I’m doing a muslin with left over fabric, I hope they will be wearable, if so I’ll go buy a khaki fabric like yours, cause yours look really great!

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    Apr 20, 2009, 05.13 AMby gedwoods

    Great pair of pants, Skaapie! I’ve included them as an “Example creation” in my fabrics international wiki article on cotton!

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    Mar 23, 2009, 03.03 PMby somecandytalkin

    Wow, great job! The fit looks perfect. I want to make these pants too, I hope mine come out as good as yours!

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    May 4, 2008, 07.13 PMby reneebeth

    These look great—the kind of khakis one looks for in the store but never finds!

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    Apr 14, 2008, 07.08 PMby nikkiclare68

    Nothing better than making a great fitting pair of pants! These fit perfectly.

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    Apr 14, 2008, 10.10 AMby adgentry

    Nice job! They look really comfortable.

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    Apr 14, 2008, 06.47 AMby polychromatin

    Looks so good! I think I will make an Ellen, too! I really like the pattern!

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    Apr 14, 2008, 03.04 AMby mmmrphs

    No wonder you wear them all the time – such a great fit.

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    Apr 14, 2008, 02.50 AMby keelysews

    I agree.Spectacular!!

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    Apr 14, 2008, 01.58 AMby susisonne

    These pants are absolutely great! Perfect fit and great color. I like the backing of the pockets!

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