It’s taken me a while but I have finally cottoned on to the idea that there is a new shape in pants happening. I have been so used to wearing bootleg cut hipster type of pants that it didn’t occur to me to think about trying a different kind of trouser for summer.
Until I was browsing around on the web and came across this pic of Diane Kruger in harem style trousers.
Pic from whowhatwear.com
What I love about this is a. they look comfy, b. they look very cool (can’t ever go wrong with a black skivvy either) and they are NEW! Hooray!
Well not really new. I remember learning how to draft this kind of pattern at college (we called them poo catchers back then) and thinking that they were so daggy!
But now, despite being a bit late on the uptake, I have managed to find a similar commercial pattern and have had a go at making some for myself.
The fabric is a cotton/nylon stripe that has a slight seersucker type of texture.
I have about another 10 metres of this so I am sure it will crop up again for this season.
I made View A which has a high waist which I am not too fussed about, but the shape and fit is great. I originally made a toile in size 14 but after fitting realised I needed to make the 12 instead. It's a great pattern, very easy and quick to make and doesn't really need any tweaking which is a nice change.
Closeup with belt.
I was a bit dubious about the fact that there are inverted box pleats on the BACK of the pant but beacuse the fabric is so light and floaty this is actually fine.
They may just end up being a one season wonder but they are so quick to make who cares! Now I just need a whole new wardrobe to go with them!