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Navy twill trousers - Audrey and Marilyn inspired

Added Feb 27, 2012

by G-A-

Oxford, United K...






Cotton twill trousers, very heavy twill, so it wrinkles too easily :(

I have wanted shortened trousers for a long long while. I so love the boy-ish but classic look they give. I have included my inspiration page.

Navy is pretty much my staple wardrobe colour. I am very happy with some of the details, such as the well-finished waistband and the pockets. I took great care making these, with the help of a book called “Making trousers – how to achieve great results”. I used a remnant of soft baby blue cotton as lining for the in-seams pockets and the waistband, and both fabrics have a little bit of elastane. This makes the trousers very comfortable to wear.

Material Notes

Cotton twill with some elastane, cotton with elastane as lining




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type


Book called Making Trousers: How to Achieve Great Results, by David Page Coffin

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    Feb 28, 2012, 06.49 AMby stefanisarah

    Wow, great looking pants. I am curious if you did any alterations to the fit. I made these too and it came baggier than I envisioned in the hip/crotch area. Plus, after I measured the pattern, I decided to make it in smaller size than I usually make. Also, I followed the instruction to the T for the waistband and my waistband came out bulky.

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      Feb 28, 2012, 08.23 AMby G-A-

      Hi Stefanisarah, thanks for the kind message. I only did my usual grading up one size from waist to hips, but I think that wasn’t necessary. The trousers are indeed a bit baggy in the crotch area, hips are ok for me. But I think that’s the intended shape, although I might modify it in the future. For the waistband, I mostly followed the book mentioned above, and it worked out great. But I used lining inside, not fashion fabric, so it’s thinner.

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    Feb 27, 2012, 08.57 PMby CationDesigns

    Lovely pants! They look so classy and fit so nicely! Thanks for showing the inspiration photos too!

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    • Bulles-bleues_large

      Feb 27, 2012, 09.03 PMby G-A-

      Thanks, Cation! I love your creations and follow your blog, so I really appreciate your comment.

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    Feb 27, 2012, 08.43 PMby skeeler

    Well done – these pants are great!
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    • Bulles-bleues_large

      Feb 27, 2012, 09.03 PMby G-A-

      Thanks a lot Skeeler :)

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