It hasn’t taken me long to make another pair of StyleArc’s Teddy Designer Pants. I had a 3m length of black herringbone linen that I bought from Croft Mill ages ago that had been destined for a jumpsuit, but now has made the perfect pair of black linen Teddy Pants.
The fabric is a soft, drapey linen, but has good body. It also attracts every last bit of fluff, dust and feathers… It was narrower than linen usually is, so I used more meterage than I had done with the green pants. I had hoped to get another of the Kana’s Standard jackets I made last year out of the remaining fabric, but it’s looking unlikely. The pants are pretty much the same as the green ones, apart from an adjustment in the back. I darted the back waistband in line with the trouser darts to take out 2x 0.75cm and enlarge and extend the darts a centimetre and a bit. The back fits better now, and has less opportunity to “grow” as the day goes on. I had noticed with the green pair that I was pulling them up more later in the day, so this little adjustment will sort that out.
I changed the order of work, once the front pleats were constructed and basted in place, the centre front was sewn from the base of the zip approx. 5cm. I had cut the front trouser pieces with the fly facing “grwon-on”. Basically, the fly facing pattern piece was taped to the centre front of the trouser piece, marked the centre front line with tailor’s tacks and went from there. The whole fly zip went in like a breeze and looks better finished too. Then I attached the pocket bags to the side seams and then sewed the front and back trouser pieces together. It was a pain in the whatsit trying to do the zip after having sewn the side seams first the last time.
I didn’t alter the length in the end, I’ve decided I like them as they are and I have enough cropped trousers anyway. I can imagine this pattern will be fabulous in a wool suiting or crepe for the winter too. I have a feeling that I’ll be buying something to make another summer pair when on holiday!
Here’s another shot of that pleat, just for luck.