I just squeezed this last early fall weather appropriate project in before it became to cold for it! This will get to be one of those happy projects that I’ll probably forget I’ve sewn come spring, when I pull them out and smile when I remember them!
You’ll see I’ve sewn a pair of trousers. They were supposed to be a shirt. You know when the ideas in your head when you’re placing an order don’t really work out when the fabric arrives? This was one of those times. I had a whole outfit idea and certain I wanted a striped shirt… and then completely changed my tune.
Yeah. Clearly not a striped shirt! The fabric is a navy and green stripe cotton shirting. Odd for pants, right? But when it arrived, I could definitely feel that the fabric would work for light spring or fall trousers. So I took it in that direction.
It’s a check pattern too, so kind of plaid, kind of checked, kind of striped. Reads more as stripes, but means you have to match it like a check or plaid as well as a stripe! Phew. That took some work but I’m really happy with the results.
The stripes and checks are matched up across the center front and center back, and along the outer side seam. For the outer seam, the checks continue to match horizontally down to the ankle.
Look how nicely it works in the back! Those darts just sink right into the pattern. The nitpicky side of me loves that!
The fabric is a crisp shirting and pressed well. It also kept on grain very nicely which is super helpful when trying to match up a print. I do match prints on one layer, but it’s nice not to have to wiggle around the horizontal lines much to get everything lined up! Frankly I’ll take matched lines to perfectly on grain any day though.
The fabric is non-stretch and the trousers are pretty trim, but it doesn’t bag out too badly… just enough that the trousers stay slim but with them being non-stretch, I can still do important things like bend and sit and walk.
This is a vintage trouser pattern I’ve made and modified so many times, Simplicity 4401 from the early 1960s. Someday I should probably go back to the beginning and re-work some of my modifications to potentially cut down on some of the wrinkly areas, but I’ve also learned over many years of pants muslins and fittings that I need to let some things go. I can only make myself so frustrated. So I’m just enjoying this pattern and these pants! 😉