Weaver Kaz Madigan of the Curiousweaver studio alerted me to a free pattern on her website for making mompei trousers, a traditional Japanese pattern. The pattern was originally published in Curious Weaver mag 25 years ago and is ideal for narrow widths of handwoven fabric.
A Japanese friend said her grandma used to wear them.
I ran up a pair on the weekend. They were really fast to cut and sew, and zero waste too.
The back and the front are almost the same.
The instructions are like a brief recipe, and because they’re so easy fitting there’s a lot of leeway with the measurements.
This is how I cut mine:
The traditional closure for mompei trousers is to have ties at the waist. The ties can be wrapped around the waist and tied, or just tied at the sides. I made a waist casing and put elastic in mine.
As I cut mine with no side seams I can’t make in-seam pockets, but I have a strip of fabric left which I think I’ll use for patch pockets.
The verdict: they’re very comfortable! While I’m not an elastic-waist trouser wearer, I do wear pajamas and think this will be a great way to cut them from now on.