completed: denim trousers

9 Dec

ahhh i’ve been looking for a pair of trousers like this – high-waisted, wide-legged denim trousers. you’d think this would be an easy thing to source at the thrift store – i recall many years of pushing past racks of high-waisted jeans – but i guess they’re back in style now, so they are getting snatched up at a rapid pace. meh.

anyway, i mentioned that i won a giveaway on molly‘s blog a couple of weeks ago… i got vogue 2925 and a really sweet vintage slip pattern. seriously, i made out like a bandit here. i mostly just wanted to make up that fabulous coat, but i didn’t realize until i received the pattern that there was also a pants pattern involved here. just the kind of pants i want, too!

i did have to make a few alterations to get the pattern to work for me – i folded out about 1″ of the crotch length (i am okay with my short crotch, and you should be too! huh, that came out all wrong) and eliminated the cuffs. the waist was a little too big, so i pulled that in on the sides (although, in retrospect, i may have pulled it in a little too much. they are kind of tight up there!). i ended up cutting quite a bit of the leg flare off the sides – something like 2″. they were dwarfing my poor little legs & making me look like a stump in 2 leg skirts.

i can’t really call these “jeans” because there’s not much about them that is like a traditional pair of jeans. there is minimal topstitching – and i went with denim colored thread because i wanted these to still be sleek – and no pockets. the seams are mock-flat felled. i did use a ~real~ jeans button & fly zipper (see my fly zipper tutorial if you’re like me & need hand-holding with this process!). the denim is… interesting. i picked it up at a yardsale over the summer… something insane like 4 yards for $2. and this is serious workman denim – it is very heavy and has no stretch. honestly, it’s probably as old as the pattern i used lol. this pants would probably benefit from a slight amount of stretch, especially considering how tight i made them. ah, live and learn!

denim trousers
obviously, i still need to work on my pattern fitting. there are smile lines & a little bit of bagginess at the bottom of the crotch.

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the butt is a little tight, could have benefited from a small full butt adjustment.
(if you are wondering why my wall color keeps changing, blame the photo editing program i used :B)

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they look good from the side, though!

denim trousers - flat

denim trousers - inside
the original pattern called for a folded over waistband… i felt like that was too much bulk with this denim, so i shaved an inch off the width & faced it with a bit of interfaced cotton. much more comfortable!

so, i feel pretty good about my trousers. there are definitely some fitting issues, but i approached these as a “wearable muslin” (hence the mock flat-felled seams), and i think i can get a better fit with the next pair. they are definitely wearable – and definitely perfect for those little boy’s sweaters i keep picking up that are too short to wear with regular-rise pants.

they would also probably look fabulous with a leopard print jacket. DAMMIT. i need to get cracking on that beast!

denim trousers

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28 Responses to “completed: denim trousers”

  1. leahfranqui December 9, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    I think these are pretty rad. And it looks great with your 60′s style hair, very much the liberated Smith grad who rolls her eyes at “The Bell Jar” and reads the news and takes shirt from approximately no one. I like ‘em.

    • leahfranqui December 9, 2011 at 11:27 am #

      Ha, shit, not shirt, sigh. I’m a struggle.

  2. Claire (aka Seemane) December 9, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Luv these on you – and the dark indigo colour is v. nice too :)!

  3. Vicki Kate December 9, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    These are gorgeous, yay for you!

  4. Scruffybadger December 9, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    You know the high waist really suits you- they’re a nice make for heavy denim, and agree that the look is very special with your hair do :-)

  5. dixie December 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    These pants look awesome on you! Very Elizabeth Taylor on vacation with the hair ;)

  6. Kristin Taylor December 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    0o0o I love those..they look awesome!!

  7. Fashionable Stitcher December 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Gah! I love them! They are so darling on you. I love how high waisted they are too. So 70′s chic. Fab. U. Lous. xoxo, Sunni

  8. Christina December 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    I’ve totally fallen in love with high-waisted items as time has gone on. They look great!

  9. Marie December 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    These look so cute on you and I really don’t see the fitting issues you pointed out…they are amazing!

  10. Debi December 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    wowza! these are absolutely STUNNING!!!!

  11. sandra December 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Oh, “smile lines” my ass! These look great! Don’t commit the sin of “overfitting”. Anyone else know what I mean?

    • lladybird December 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

      i am pretty bad about that! y’all are definitely making me feel better about the fit, though. maybe i’m just being hard on myself :)

  12. oonaballoona December 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    i’d say the booty fit is perfect. PERFECT.

  13. Anne December 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    sooooo clever! they look fantastic on you :)

  14. dapperduds December 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    These came out darling!

  15. veronicadarling (@veronicadarling) December 10, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    Adorable!

  16. gingermakes December 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Love ‘em! These are so sassy and fun!

  17. Manda December 12, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    They look fab!

  18. Lisa December 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    These are gorgeous and lok great with your whole look. I am currently tissue fitting pants and I know what you mean about the issues they bring !!

  19. Casey December 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    They look great! :D I’ve been working (slowly…) one some high waist pants myself, and trying to decide between a 30s repro pattern I have or one of the 70s trousers patterns. lol. I really like how you faced the waistband with the cotton to reduce bulk–genius!!!

  20. Casey December 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Oh, and I forgot to ask: I saw you mentioned “Pants for Real People” a bit ago; have you had a chance to look at it? I got a copy out of the library and it’s so helpful! Another great book on pants fitting/construction that I found is “Easy Guide to Sewing” by Lynn Macintyre and Marcy Tilton. I’ve been pouring over both books the past few days and trying to soak up as much good fitting info as I can! ;)

    • lladybird December 13, 2011 at 8:52 am #

      i wish! i’m limited to what i can see on amazon (which obviously isn’t much haha). ew i’m so jealous of your library now. hopefully i’ll get a copy for christmas… either that or i’m buying one the day after! i love fitting books :3 so nerdy haha

  21. Christina September 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    I love your blog!! I have a few questions for you…What fabric do you line/face your trousers with? It looks like 100% cotton, but I am not sure. Another question- do you interface your waistbands?? Thanks! Christina

    • LLADYBIRD September 9, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      The facing is just a basic cotton – I think you could use anything as long as it’s fairly light and stable. And yes, my waistbands are interfaced – I use this lightweight fusible from Fashion Sewing Supply. It’s my favorite! Thank you for your nice comments :)

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