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Baggy trousers on a short girl?

Added Dec 7, 2012

by The Tropical...

Singapore, Singa...






I don’t really know what got to me – I’ve spent all my life being short, and I should know that I should really stay away from baggy trousers.

The Burda picture got to me, of course – a perfect excuse! The interesting drapy pocket detail, and the leggy model looking all relaxed and easy that convinced my feeble mind that I would look the same…

My only saving grace is that I decided, unusually, to make a muslin out of some cheapo stretchy synthetic fabric I’d scrounged from the thrift shop. I thought the print was decently interesting, so that there was potential it might turn into a wearable muslin if it came out right.

The pattern itself was really easy to sew – no surprises there. I used a zigzag stitch and my serger, and didn’t even bother with the ballpoint needle. So I have finally overcome my fear of knits, yay!

The measurements were slightly off though – the waistband was far too loose for the size 38 I cut! The pants slipped all off my waist – the pockets hung down to my knees! (last pic)

I took it in an inch which did slightly better, though if I were to wear it all day I would need a skinny belt under all those folds of fabric to keep it up confidently. This is me modelling my wearable muslin. Depending on how you define ‘wearable’.

In future I will cut the very shortest length (size 34) of waistband. Of course that is a theoretical exercise, because I don’t see myself making it again. Which is a pity, because it is so very comfortable, and so easy to make. Short genes be damned!

Material Notes

1.5 yards of synthetic stretchy fabric




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    Dec 14, 2012, 06.11 PMby groovymama

    Deb, you look fab in those pants! Love the print. I made my teen a pair of pants using this pattern a couple of months ago – and just like you I had to take the waistband in quite a bit…and I also shortened it, as far as I can remember.

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      Dec 18, 2012, 12.20 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      It’s a pity I’m so short! 5-ft-2 is such a handicap bleah. I did have to shorten mine too, about 5 inches I think. But it’s become such a reflex for me that I forgot to mention it!

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    Dec 9, 2012, 11.17 PMby bethmaryharley

    I think they look great! Maybe if you made them out of linen (but with an equally awesome print!), they’d be all floaty and cool in the heat? And high heels, if you can walk in them? I can’t…! :(

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      Dec 11, 2012, 07.04 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Linen is a good idea! though I can’t stand ironing it. Superheels are worth considering, though I can’t stay up in them for long!

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    Dec 9, 2012, 01.45 PMby estilosalome

    This pants are sooo amazing. You made me want to make these. They are fun and funky. Will add to my to do list.

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    Dec 9, 2012, 01.44 PMby estilosalome

    This pants are sooo amazing. You made me want to make these. They are fun and funky. Will add to my to do list.

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    Dec 8, 2012, 09.35 AMby Mary Athey

    Fab trousers.and.the.print works so well.for this style xx

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      Dec 8, 2012, 07.57 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thanks. The print seems to be the only thing going for it!

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    Dec 7, 2012, 10.25 PMby elaineren

    I think you look great!

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    Dec 7, 2012, 10.16 PMby schnui

    Your baggy pants look fine on you but only you know how you really feel in them. I love wearing baggy knit fabric pants around the house; they are so comfortable especially when you want to lie around watching TV.

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      Dec 8, 2012, 08.41 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      No long pants around the house for me in this hot weather! You’re right about them being comfy though…that’s about the only reason I’m still hanging on to them!

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    Dec 7, 2012, 07.48 PMby Kirsty Denison

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      Dec 8, 2012, 08.45 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      you could be right…time to break out my super-high heels!

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    Dec 7, 2012, 07.09 PMby MientjiB

    I think these are very wearable – the shape doesn’t make you look short at all! And if they’re comfy – go for it!

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      Dec 8, 2012, 08.42 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Comfy is the only reason I’m still hanging on to them! Thanks :)

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