At the same time I made the green trousers, I also made up a pair of actual office-appropriate trousers using some reversible zig-zag pintripe. Seen below post-commute in my scummy Converse. I used the more subtle side for the outer, it's a little scratchy to wear but I'm hoping that'll soften up (or I'll stop caring).
The pattern is still Burda 10/2013 #126A Bootcut Trousers. The pattern is still not bootcut.
The fit is slightly different to the green trousers and seems a little looser/drapier, allowing for a little extra space "out back", which thankfully makes them wearable.
The quest for a repeatable trouser/jeans pattern continues but I've been using these recent projects as a means of experimenting with construction methods, details and finishing. Dear patient reader I won't bore you with a discussion of 'when in the process to sew a fly', but I want to tell you about one of my favourite details: buttonhole elastic in the waistband.
Mammafairy kindly gave me a big reel of the stuff a while ago and I've want to properly crack this over my next few pairs of trousers. In high-waisted trousers it helps mitigate slightly against a swayback; in low-rise trousers, it's pretty important in not letting them slide down my hips as I wiggle throughout the day. Y'know? Of course you do.
Anyway, for anyone interested in adding buttonhole elastic to their waistbands, here'a a quick explanation and some photos:
- Construct and interface your waistband as you like. Mark the facing (or inside bit) for two slits. I choose approx 1-inch backwards from the side seam.
- Stitch and cut open two buttonholes for the buttonhole elastic to pass through
- Secture one end of elastic beside the buttonhole. Add a button.
- Feed elastic through one hole and pass through the inside of the waistband
- Bring elastic out through other hole, sew in place and attach a button
- Attach waistband to rest of garment and do any necessary finishing
Done. Clear as mud.
I'm sure there are better or prettier ways, but will get back to you once I have a new idea.
Right now, I'm off for some pinot grigio and tinned pears.
Catch you soon!