After making my first pair of Simplicity 1696 trousers last April, I finally got around to making my second pair – or third if you count the pair I refashioned from my dad’s suit. I’ve worn these loads already, since making them back in May.
I made them in the same size as last time and made some of the same adjustments I made last time, namely to take in the legs on the outside seam. Last time I took them in on the inside leg seam too, but this time I didn’t. I’m happy to have a quite loose pair of trousers in this heat wave we’re having in the UK!
They do look a bit loose around the crotch area, but I’m not particularly bothered. I did actually completely finish these and then I unpicked the waistband and took them in a little more than I had before that. They were sitting too low on my hips, so the crotch was even lower and it bothered me too much. Usually once I’ve finished something, I can’t be bothered to fix things, but I did this time and I’m so pleased I did!
I left off the fake welt pockets on the back of this pair because they don’t serve any purpose and they don’t look great because I didn’t do them very well!
The fabric is some black twill I bought in Birmingham a year ago when I went for a meet-up with some Bristol-based sewing buddies. I initially bought it with a 60’s style dress in mind but I figured trousers would get more wear so I took the plunge and cut it up. And it’s not like black twill is difficult to find if I ever get around to making the dress!
This is my kind of outtake from this photoshoot – which is the result of me not quite getting into the shot after setting off my timer!
I don’t really have too much to say about these trousers except that I love them and have worn them multiple times per week since finishing them! I could do with another pair or two of good trousers to give myself more choice than just ‘navy or black’, though that’s pretty much always been the case for me!
Next time I share some trousers, I’m sure I’ll make them from a different pattern so I might have more to say!
I like these. I personally would rather have trousers loose than tight–they feel better to me and feel cooler too.
I actually love seeing new versions of the same pattern sewn up in different fabrics. Both of your pairs look classic and comfortable, and that’s pretty much the Holy Grail of pantsmaking 🙂
Thanks! Up to now I think I’ve been a bit of a magpie and often made a pattern only once, or twice if it was really special, but now I’m realising that if there’s a pattern I like and I’ve got it to fit me like I like then why do I need to sew lots of other similar patterns?!
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