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Winter Ain't Grey trousers

Added May 14, 2011

by Eleanor Thomas

Melbourne, Austr...






Pink pants for winter became top of my to-do list after seeing these pants. I searched far and wide for a pattern before realising that my Built By Wendy Built By You Misses’ Slim Leg Pants pattern would be perfecto. And Spotlight had the perfect pink denim, in a rare instance of that store having anything that might be considered useful or attractive or shock, both.

It had taken me the better part of a year to make the shorts in this pattern; in fact, you could track my sewing confidence over the last year against the progress of those shorts. And when, in a short-lived moment of triumph, they were complete, I was immediately crestfallen by how ill-fitting they were. A few months on and I could finally see that the droopy shorts could be chalked up as a learning experience, especially as the fabric had been super-cheap and yes, they’d taken a year to make. I took the plunge to finally make use of all those extra lines on a pattern, drafting the waist in a 12 and moving out to a 14 for the hips and back to 12 for the legs. It wasn’t very scientific and I didn’t really exhale properly until the legs were stitched and I could try them on. The fit was excellent. Finally!

Given I was using denim, I wanted the pants to be more suggestive of jeans, so I took it upon myself to flat fell the inner leg seams and the centre back seam, right up to the fly (which, incidentally, I’d kinda botched on the shorts, so am extra chuffed about how well I followed the instructions this time ‘round). I’d like to think this makes them look less homemade. I also double-stitched the hems for the same reason.

The Built By You patterns let themselves off on the finishes, so I overlocked the fly pieces and the outside leg seams, and the flat felling looked after the inner legs. The pattern was relatively straightforward (with the exception of the zip – why tell me to get a 7 inch zip, which I then have to cut almost in half?), and I was pleased to knock these off in about a week. That’s about 358 days less than it took me to make the shorts.

I finished it all off with some clear buttons and grey polka-dot fabric for the pockets. I resisted wearing these to bed the night I finished them, but I’m pretty sure these will be getting a good work out this winter.

Material Notes

Pink denim
Cotton for pockets



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Preppy
Cotton, Denim

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    Sep 17, 2011, 02.29 PMby nikkishell

    I thought the scenery in your photo looked very Melbourne ;) Great trousers, love the pink and great to see some colour in Melbourne (the city of grey and black).

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      Sep 21, 2011, 04.45 AMby Eleanor Thomas

      Cheers! I’ve loved wearing them through winter, but with the spring weather late last week they really came into their own!

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    May 16, 2011, 04.55 PMby mkreinders

    Love these pants! The amazing growth of your sewing skills, between the shorts and the pants, is amazing..and encouraging. Congrats!

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    May 15, 2011, 12.19 AMby redviv

    You made me giggle with your account of making them. I too have taken strange amounts of time making pants and shorts, only to be dismayed at the fit. I too haphazardly cut patterns to fit different sizes – despite knowing that is what’s involved, it’s still no more scientific than crossing my fingers. Good to see your pink jeans turned out spectacular, and it’s clear you took a lot of care to finish them properly – well done.

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      May 15, 2011, 09.58 AMby Eleanor Thomas

      Thanks! I see you’re from MEL, so keep your eye out for me on my pink pants around town. They’re destined for plenty of wear.

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    May 14, 2011, 12.23 PMby janul

    Great pants! I have one pair of bright pink pants too (haven´t made them though, I puchased them), and I think that color goes with almost everything… :)

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      May 15, 2011, 09.58 AMby Eleanor Thomas

      I think that’s the attitude! Cheers

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    May 14, 2011, 05.49 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i love your pants and adore the color ( i have made a pair of jeans in pink linen for spring /summer last season – and wear this pair to death ;-) your pattern is really lovely and suits you well and the jeans are so well made! BRAVO!!

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      May 14, 2011, 06.43 AMby Eleanor Thomas

      Thanks Ralf. Ah, the gratification of a completed project plus the excitement of pink pants is quite a buzz!

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      May 14, 2011, 07.31 AMby Eleanor Thomas

      Also, any tips on what to wear them with? I’m telling myself that anything will match if I wear it with confidence!

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