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.