Black Crepe Evelyn Trousers

A while ago (I can’t remember when) I backed Sugardale’s kickstarter campaign to launch her first 3 patterns. I bought the Evelyn Trousers and Dungarees, especially liking the trouser version. I finally got around to making the pattern up during lockdown, using this black crepe from (I think) Sewisfaction. It was definitely the wrong fabric choice for this pattern – it would be much better with something with more structure.

I made the size 2, based on my waist and hip measurements (both measurements matched the size 2). I did have to take them in around the whole crotch seam, especially on the back, where I always get pooling.

The design detail about the Evelyns I really like is that the zip is hidden in one of the pockets. The instructions were really good for getting this right, too.

I was thinking of giving this pattern another go as I do like the pleats and the turn-ups (which I left off this version because the fabric is too drapey). I did see a little while ago that Trista, the designer behind Sugardale, posted on Instagram about the Black Lives Matter and it was not good. She got a lot of flack then posted an apology. I just looked her up and found a statement on her website to say she is stepping away from the sewing community and she has deleted her instagram and website. Sadly I don’t, therefore, feel right about making this pattern again. (I had already cut the trousers out before this all happened). I want to use my (tiny) voice here and on Instagram to highlight pattern companies where I can stand behind their ethos. And where, like me, we have a lot to learn I think the key thing is to listen and educate ourselves and not run away from difficult conversations that question our privilege.

I made these trousers to kind of replace this Simplicity pair I made a while ago where I forgot to pre-wash the fabric and they shrunk on the first wash. They have also faded quite badly, and they are the smart trousers I wear for playing in the brass band (though it’s a moot issue at the moment!). I bought the fabric a while ago to make replacement smart trousers so I’m glad I do have some new smart trousers if I ever get back to playing in a group.

I did sew the button on too tight. So these are reeeeeaaaaallly snug on my waist! I just need to move the button to slightly loosen the fit on the waist. Other than that the fit is good.

I do love how deep the pockets are!

What are your favourite pattern companies which you really stand behind supporting? I have pledged to only buy new patterns which are size inclusive (and I think the only pattern I’ve bought since is the Arden Pants by Helen’s Closet). I’m also going to only buy patterns from companies who have spoken out in support of Black Lives Matter.

 

 

Black Simplicity Trousers

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!