Ultimately Polka Dotted Trousers

Hey look, here I am again – with another pair of polka dotted trousers! Are you surprised? Would you be surprised to know that I have another pair of dotty trousers sitting on my sewing table as we type speak? Do you think I have a problem? I’ve never considered myself a polka dot trouser kind of girl, but these sewing numbers don’t lie!

Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers

I confess – I actually bought this polka dot cotton sateen at the Mood Fabrics flagship store in New York, all the way back in March! (I just checked, and while it’s not available online – Mood Fabrics does have a lot of cool sateens in their online store. Check those babies out!) I had it earmarked for trousers, although I couldn’t tell you what pattern I was planning on using. I love this sateen because it’s just perfect for pants – a nice, solid weight, a good firm stretch, and that saturated navy color! With polka dots! My favorite!

Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers
Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers

I used the Ultimate Trousers pattern to make these lil guys up. It’s a very simple pattern – just a front, a back, and a couple facing pieces (that I turned into a waistband, as I’ve found that I don’t care for faced trousers!). Other than a simple change to the shape of the crotch curve, these required very little fitting. The sewing was also pretty easy – cotton sateen is very easy to work with and it doesn’t fray much, so the construction part is pretty straightforward. Just make sure you new a new needle (I use a 70/10 – which is standard for most of my projects, unless the fabric is a very heavy weight!) to prevent snagging and a press cloth when ironing, to prevent shine and the seams showing through to the right side :)

Another confession: I actually had a whole outfit planned for this post, top included, but I ended up getting pretty sick earlier this past week, which meant I spent way more time feeling sorry for myself in bed than I did putzing around the sewing room! As a result, I was only able to get these trousers finished up. Instead, I offer you my white button-down, which is an old Mood Sewing Network project from earlier this spring (remember my runway-inspired separates? Yep, that one!). I wear this shirt ALL THE TIME – it’s amazing how much of a closet staple a nice white button-down is for me (figures, right?). It’s so cool and comfortable in this summer heat, and I can’t wait to wear it under my handknit wool sweaters come fall and winter! With that being said, you can see how well this shirt has held up to frequent wear/laundering – it’s softened and relaxed and I think it looks pretty great! It’s actually not even ironed – I just wash it on cold and give it a couple good shakes before hanging it out to dry in the sun.

Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers

I think these will look pretty nice in cooler months, with awesome socks peeking out :) I can also cuff them so they’re cropped, which is nice in the summer heat. Although pants-wearing in the summer pretty much never happens for me, so these will likely be worn mostly during the fall. It’s never too early to start sewing for the next season… right? :)

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  • oonaballoona
    August 13, 2014

    always yes to polka dots but HELLO CUTE HAIRCUT!

    • Lladybird
      August 13, 2014

      It was time for a change! ;)

  • Sallie
    August 13, 2014

    Cute pants! And CUTE HAIR! Great little outfit, dude! You can never have too many polka dots, or pants, or polka dot pants!

    • Lladybird
      August 13, 2014

      Forreal! Polka dots on everythinggg! Should I wear these with my polka dot trench? Is that a terrible idea? HAHA

  • Debbie Iles
    August 13, 2014

    LOVE ‘em! Everybody needs polka dots. Love your new do too!

  • Lori
    August 13, 2014

    Polka dots are the best and your pants are just too cute. You have such a great sense of your style, Lauren.

    • Lladybird
      August 13, 2014

      Aw, thank you so much, Lori! You have fabulous style so this is an extra special compliment, coming from you :)

  • Ginger
    August 13, 2014

    These are great! They’re just the right amount of skinny- not too skinny, not too baggy, just right! Goldilocks trousers!

    • Lladybird
      August 13, 2014

      Yeeahhhh, my favorite kind of trouser! Ha! :D

  • sarah clark
    August 13, 2014

    Love the new cut!

    • Lladybird
      August 13, 2014

      Thank you! It’s definitely a fun change :)

  • Peter
    August 13, 2014

    I was THIS close to buying black and white polka dots for pants — a larger scale print though — but I was on the fence and nixed the idea. After seeing yours, I’m sold — they look great!

    • Lladybird
      August 13, 2014

      Ack, Peter, you would be AMAZING in giant polka dot pants! Please please make it happen!

  • Michelle Warkentin
    August 13, 2014

    I LOVE your hair, super cute! And I love the polka dot pants! I have been inspired. :)

    • Lladybird
      August 13, 2014

      Thank you and thank you! :D

  • Amanda S.
    August 13, 2014

    These are cute and totally you!

  • Bella
    August 13, 2014

    Polka dots are always a winner! I’ve had a real thing for them lately. You look cute in these!

  • Christy
    August 14, 2014

    You can’t go wrong with slim spotty pants! I love them!

  • Cennetta
    August 14, 2014

    Lauren, These look great on you!

  • Fiona
    August 16, 2014

    Loving the hair! And the whole outfit to be honest. Polka dots work for just about everything! I’ve been seeing so many of these trousers made up and looking great I can’t wait to make a pair of my own, the sateen looks like a perfect choice.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    August 25, 2014

    These are super cute and very you!