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Added Nov 16, 2010

by carottesauvage

London, United K...






Another installment from my Marilyn pattern variation series; a cross between Thai fish pants, serouel and tailored trousers. Easy pull on and off without button nor zipper. I only walked 500 metres wearing them so I won’t garantee they will sit neatly in place around the waist. I will sew snap fasteners inside the pleat to add extra ‘security’ (the pants down business). Anyway, they won’t go any further my hips unless someone pulls real hard!. I tried to figured out how Anne Valrie Hash trousers were constructed from a picture found in a magazine (Grazia, February 2010). I started with the template I previously used for Triptych 1/3 (Drape Drape 1- pattern 1). While completing the garment, Burdamagazine published an interesting pattern: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/082010-trousers-with-front-pleat, which construction is cunning. It could have spared me some time in the making. I am planning to adjust my pattern accordingly: for instance widening the legs. Also, the waist curve might scoop too much, and it is also slightly too high. The side pockets are too narrow to slip my hand-room for improvement! In my opinion, the whole garment could gain sophistication if the pleat section was only wrapping the hip rather than ‘diving’ along the leg. I will further my adjustments using heavy duty corduroy this time and cut oversized button holes at waist level to accommodate a belt. I like manageable and sturdy fabric. This gabardine creases like hell and this colour is really unpractical (stain magnet). The first picture might be blurry but I couldn’t face going through another ironing endeavour nor another self timer/ tripod photo-shoot session….gggrrrrrhhh! Gabardine has obviously put my patience to the test!

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Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Apr 7, 2012, 12.58 PMby drigus

    j’adore! those are really beautiful and look comfortable!

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      May 6, 2015, 10.06 PMby carottesauvage

      Oh sorry I marked as inappropriate by mistake :(
      merci for your nice words

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    Mar 16, 2011, 07.40 PMby adrie00

    These look great!

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    Mar 4, 2011, 04.30 PMby fashionfreek

    Nice trousers.:-)

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    Nov 24, 2010, 10.37 AMby loulourosa

    Nice trousers, I think they look very good. Don’t mind about the creases, these trousers can be worn casual. If you make them in another kind of fabric they will look completely different, so its a good patern you made! Istead of buttons you can also use ribbon, when you close it in front in a bow it can look very smart!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 11.37 AMby schmitz8

    How kan I get acces to the pattern?

    New here.



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    Nov 21, 2010, 10.36 PMby missdandy

    You’ve done it again! Making a pair of trousers without all of those pesky buttons and zippers would be a dream come true for someone like me who has such little free time to sew. I always look forward to your projects and these are definitely unique and stylish!

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    Nov 20, 2010, 10.28 AMby nishavinod2009

    very nice! i will try it too..

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    Nov 18, 2010, 10.06 PMby freaky-philomeen

    thanks for answering! I found what I meant in laurianas post and link…Couldn’t bring myself to watch the pant tent-thing yet , whatever it might be. Mon dieu, …I was just asking for some innocent wrapping method :)) Congratulations for being featured member!!

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      Nov 18, 2010, 10.29 PMby carottesauvage

      Thanks and sorry I got carried away trying to apply words to the whole process when a simple sketch explains it all. And if Lauriana accommodated this lack: all good! It is hard to describe a procedure inside a comment box when a ‘How to’ could be posted! And what can I say in regard to THE wrap: trust the wisdom of my old age: and remember:EXplore EXperiment (I am hypnotizing you…on the count of 5-4—3-2—1…Wrap!) :)
      Anyway I am sure these type of trousers suit you very well. I am a short person that didn’t put me off the ’pant-tent effect (I have to warn you this is really silly) and it is better to watch the whole episode to put it in context! Mon dieu, quel blabla again!!!I wrap it upx

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    Nov 18, 2010, 01.25 PMby magdamagda

    you simply give new definitions to pants;) I love them in the last pic with high heels, no woman could deny craving for them! freshly creative!

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    Nov 18, 2010, 10.48 AMby anajan

    And they’re featured! Well deserved, bravo Carotte!

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    Nov 18, 2010, 04.25 AMby cantare

    These are so cool and the way you wrapped them est tres chic!

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    Nov 17, 2010, 11.46 PMby loyl8

    i really like these great job!!!

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    Nov 17, 2010, 01.07 PMby kana

    It looks great on you!! I think jersey might be fun too (although not as classy). for pajamas maybe…? No, no, it’s too cool to be a pajama!

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      Nov 17, 2010, 05.27 PMby carottesauvage

      Pajama would do! :) Once I reap them off to alter the pattern I will sew them back for that purpose!Some people get their daily morning bread and newspaper in pajamas, so can I!

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    Nov 17, 2010, 04.45 AMby juebejue

    woo! this looks very classy on you! now i am thinking twice about pleated highwaist pants!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 05.24 PMby seazoo

    Ohhhh! You’ve got me there!:)) the waist curving line , the center press and the beautifully hip line… and length… I could understand your particular plan of this trousers! and the pockets are very important ;-) Functional and Beautiful. This trousers has both! great great great!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 04.08 PMby lauriana

    Nice… I actually like the pleat going down the leg. And the high waist. At first, I thought the pattern would be a milder version of what I made for my wrap trousers back in summer. I blogged about it with a picture of the pattern here

    I’m intrigued by your trousers-without-fly journey. And I’m starting to think I should try and travel along for a bit ;-)

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      Nov 18, 2010, 10.14 PMby freaky-philomeen

      extraordinary cool, your trousers! that’s what I was looking for when I did my experimental-wrap which failed… I won’t copy your funny pattern pieces…too much fighting with the patterns I already have :)))

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    Nov 16, 2010, 01.19 PMby freaky-philomeen

    oh, I forgot: How did you manage that part where you normally sew the zipper? I tried to “leave that out” once and made some wrapping instead because the pattern was too large anyway…but the whole thing just ’didn’t close’ especially when sitting. And I’ve had that “hip-diving” problem too. Sewing’s really a science ;)))

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      Nov 16, 2010, 09.36 PMby carottesauvage

      What do you mean? The groin section being too wide, is that right?
      Have a look at the first episode of ‘Curb your enthusiasm’ and tell me if I got you right re the matter that could be denominated as the ‘pants tent effect’
      If it doesn’t work google ‘pants tent’ on youtube.:) Don’t know if you’ll like the type of humour…
      Thanks for your comment! would love to get hold of one of those ‘Boy London’ t-shirts!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 01.12 PMby freaky-philomeen

    Fantastic idea, this triptychon! It’s a pity I cannot wear pants with anything wrapped and “too much fabric around the hips” as I am too short :)))

    Love the “BOY London”-Shirt. Are they still available, haven’t seen it for ages!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 12.49 PMby sewella

    Another interesting pair of trousers! Love your style this time! It does scream Marlene Dietrich, though!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 12.48 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

    always enjoy ur creations. you have a greatest style

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    Nov 16, 2010, 12.18 PMby irmchen

    This style suits you really well. Would really like the Marlene Dietrich Style to your bodyshape and type!!! What I really don’t like is the lenght of these trousers. In germany we call this pants: ‘Carotte’ ! That is true! ;) I wore them in the 80th, but today nevermore! ;) (My english is bad… I failed to read your describing text up to now… . Sorry!)

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      Nov 16, 2010, 05.26 PMby carottesauvage

      Ups…be ready for the next installment (carotte wise)! You are going to screeeeam in horror!;) :) just joking! Uberzetzung fur Carotte? Das Ding das die kaninchen hessen mochten gern? My German doesn’t get any better :)

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      Nov 16, 2010, 05.59 PMby irmchen

      Ja, genau: Karotte = Kaninchen Futter = Möhre. Die Bezeichnung bzieht sich auf die Karottenfrom einer solchen Hose. :-)

      Please note: Your pants are designed excellent!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 12.17 PMby nikkishell

    You clever thing! Love them.

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    Nov 16, 2010, 11.04 AMby jeleena

    I like the wrapping in the waist but think that something needs to be done with the legs, maybe narrowing them … And love the idea about the corduroy – think it will look very interesting!

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      Nov 16, 2010, 11.07 AMby carottesauvage

      yeah you are right! I have pointed this leg issue in my description! heavy duty cordury, that’s what I have in mind!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 10.50 AMby anajan

    Lookin’ great Carotte! The style really suits you. You can play further more with legs’ length. You should try using some striped fabric – it would accentuate an unusual pleating and shape of the pants.

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      Nov 16, 2010, 10.55 AMby carottesauvage

      Thanks Ana! and for the fabric advice too!

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