Graduation post 2 – the trousers

Black trousers – yet another pair of black trousers. I’ve been wearing the much-modified SA Barbs for a while and am sick of having nowhere to put my hands, my phone or even my keys. I needed trousers that would work for more formal occasions too. Such as a graduation ceremony.

Image from Simplicity website

I used Simplicity 8056 – Amazing Fit flared trousers – view A. I wanted a pair of trousers that fitted without an elastic waist, but that also had a bit of give as my waist fluctuates a bit. I used a self-striped bengaline with a little stretch for comfort. Still not fond of this fabric.

The pattern was OK, it needed several alterations as I went. I used the curvy fit and had to further take in the yoke to fit to my waist. I have an hourglass figure so often have to alter patterns. I wonder if  ‘curvy fit’ means less of a differential between waist and hip, a pleasant and charming way of saying middle age tummy?

The crotch curve is good and the rise front and back suit me just fine. I had dramas with the fly zip insertion. The instructions were not good and there were several (many) swear words. I eventually gave up on the instructions and used my Readers Digest sewing book instead. Success and relief!

They are very flared, more than expected. I have a size 9.5 foot and they extend beyond it by several centimetres. It looks OK, well I’m getting used to it – best of all – I have pockets!

The details

Fabric – 2 metres of black bengaline with a self-stripe, from The Remnant Warehouse – $20.00

Pattern – Simplicity 8056 – $5.00 from a Spotlight sale.

Notions – all from stash.

Nuisance factor – Fly – very high, otherwise medium overall.

Total = $25.00

Do it again? – possibly – considering the shorts option in a firm twill.

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2 Responses to Graduation post 2 – the trousers

  1. Lizzie says:

    Pockets are indeed sooooo essential! I think the Reader’s Digest book you used must be the one I’ve just included in a blog post about sewing books. It’s excellent!

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  2. Pingback: Graduation post 3 (final) – the gown and hood | Bobbins, Bikes and Blades

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