the Moment You’ve Been Waiting for Trousers

These are indeed the moment I’ve waiting for trousers. I’ve been fantasizing about wearing these since I started the sewalong. Wearing them has been nothing short of delightful. I can’t decide which pair I like best, both have their good points. And both work effortlessly into my wardrobe. The style for me is spot on and I feel like such a goddess in them. Truly. Is it possible that a pair of trousers can really make you feel this way?

My already worn 3 times brown linen pair. For more images click here.

These here, are the linen ones. Just to recap on these, they are a linen shell that have been interlined in cotton/bamboo muslin. The lining is a bemberg rayon. And yes they have a severe tendency to wrinkle, but then that’s the thing I love about linen. The way it wrinkles is just lovely to me. There’s an invisible zip in the side and I did the double bias waistband here.  I was asked to post where I get my fabrics so I’ll tell you. The linen, muslin and lining are all from Joann. I love fabric shopping online, but I shop so much locally (not that I’m saying Joann is local, in the saving the world sort of sense) because I do like to feel and see the fabric in person before buying it. But judging from how much fabric I’ve bought online, I’m still fine with not seeing and feeling them first. Go figure.

My black wool gabaradine pair, all frocked up menswear like

Here are my black wool gabardine pair. They are lined in the bemberg rayon as well. They also have an invisible size zip with the double bias waistband. I love the drape on this pair. I’ve received so many compliments on these already. They are truly like a menswear item, made for a woman. The gabardine is from Fashion Fabrics Club and the lining is from Joann.

in a rather Marlene D-ish pose

Both are rather warm, which is a good thing around here since I can’t expect warm weather til June. And well, there you go. So, how are you all coming on your trousers? How do you feel about trousers now? I hope there were a few eye openers here. Even leading the sewalong, I have so much better an understanding of pants, the way they fit and their construction. I can safely say that I’m even ready to tackle another pair soon.  In fact, I’ve bought many of the patterns that were posted to the flickr pool, being so inspired by all of you.

I’m ready for some blouses to go with my pants now too. Even some lovely jackets, maybe. I’m getting into the thick of my Spring Palette Challenge. Such fun! So, blouses will definitely be coming along as I’ve got two in the queue. And I’ve got loads more photos of both pairs of these trousers on my flickr and if you want also check out my Burda Style postings for them here and here. And by golly its Valentine’s Day! So go and treat yourself to a pants/trouser pattern if you haven’t already and get to work. Well, and definitely throw in a kiss, a romantic movie and some See’s chocolates too!

I was going to announce the winner of the Simple Abundance book today, but I’ve decided to give you one more day. Don’t forget to enter here. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow!

Best trouser sewing wishes!

xoxo,

Sunni

  • Erika - So cute! And can’t wait to see what’s for spring
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  • Peter - Great pants and great pics, Sunni!
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  • Amanda - These are so great! They really suit you and I love the idea of wearing a belt over an untucked top. Going to have to do that myself! I’m almost done with my pair, I’m at the invisible zip step (oh, what fun…).
    I’m planning a 2nd pair to go with the spring palette challenge. I feel so productive making pants! And I agree, now I want to start working on tops to go along with these (in addition to the Pendrell I finished last month). I love dresses, but in the cold I really don’t wear them so more separates would be great.
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  • CGCouture - Your trousers look awesome! It makes me think I need to move some up in the queue for myself. :-) Thanks for posting the places you bought your fabric, it’s always nice to know two things–the size people sew up (to know how it might look on me) and the place they bought their fabrics.
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  • Carina - Sunni, you look totally killer in the black wool gabardine pair! They are proper, rock’n’roll awesome… Guess what’s next on my project list now!
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  • Pam - Sunni! Fantastic trousers – I especially love the linen pair! By the way, I’m still sewing along on my pair – I was “forced” to go to Hawaii for over two weeks and just returned – so I am going to make some headway this week (plus my sewing machine is acting up a bit :(). But I may just serge away (and I have a back-up featherweight!
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  • melissa - These both look great! And well worth the effort. :)
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  • Musetica - WOW!! Your trousers are so, so beautiful and so well tailored!! I can’t say which ones I love most, they are both perfect! I will stop by Joann tonight and try to get some linen! I must at least try …you are such an inspiration! I love how you use quality fabrics, take your time and fit everything to perfection, I’m sure your “workmanship” is also impeccable and how you don’t try to churn garments over garments with the speed of light. It makes every piece that much more special… Oh, thanks so much for posting the sources of your fabrics, it does help a lot!
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  • Liz - Your pants look wonderful! The legs on your pair look narower, did you take out some of the width?
    I’m sooo close to finishing mine. I inserted my invisible zipper yesterday and just have to do the hem.
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  • AnaJan - Both pairs look great, but I just love the androgenous look of the black outfit (hm… the pants look navy in the pics)! Well done girl!
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  • sheila - I have been following your progress posts on the pants sewalong and they are wickedly fabulous… they look great on you.
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  • Gail - This is a very flattering cut. I’ll have to retrace your steps to find the pattern. I love both pairs, but I have a particular thing for linen.
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  • lizajane - They both look fabulous. I wasn’t able to participate but I will definitely go back through your posts when I start my first pair of trousers. Great information!
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  • A Sewn Wardrobe - I’m so scared to attempt pants, but gosh, these make me want to try. The linen pair will be great for summer, but those black ones… OMG… perfection.
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  • Sherry - They look fab on you! You so look comfortable in them and they really seem to gel with you. I really like how you have done the bias waistband!
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  • Seemane (aka Claire) - Hi Gail,
    The pattern & sewalong links (& where to get the pattern – which is Burda Style Magazine 07/2010, Pattern #127 Trousers) from Sunni are here:
    http://www.thecupcakegoddess.com/the-cupcake-goddess/trouser-sewalong/ :)
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  • Seemane (aka Claire) - Your trousers look great on you!
    (Before seeing them both) I thought I’d like the black pair better – but the linen one’s are just fab :)
    I’m awaiting the end of my pattern making course (mid-March it ends) before progressing my trousers beyond the muslin stage :)
    I plan on x2 pairs too – one in a grey wool mix (with turn up), one in black (minus the turn up).
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  • Casey - Bravo! I think these are some of the most flattering trousers I have ever seen. I’ve been following along with your posts for the sew-along–all the tips on fitting and such have been super helpful and I can wait to refer back to them a bit later this season. (I plan on finding and perfecting a “basic” trousers pattern that fits both me and my style. ;) Thanks for sharing all your know-how along the way!
    ♥ Casey
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  • Amy L - Thanks for the month long dedication to posting on pants. I appreciate the information, and while I did not keep up the pace, I have cut out 2 pants from V1051. I will keep these highwaisted trousers in the queue for a while since my muslin showed the need for adjustments that I wasn’t mentally prepared to conquer.
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  • Tasia - Both pairs look awesome – but I especially like the wool striped pair! Very sophisticated, and they fit you so well! Love lined pants, they must feel heavenly to wear. Excellent work, as always I admire your dedication to fitting, details, and crafting beautiful pieces of clothing! :)
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  • Lay - This whole sewalong series have been very useful to me, even though all I’ve done so far is to lurk and watch since I had practically nothing to say. Now that I’m starting to poke around with my own trouser muslins, though, I wonder if you have some time to spare for criticizing what I’ve got so far?
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