The other trousers

Following on from last week’s post of the Me-Made-May18 trousers, I’ve finished the second pair and finally fulfilled my pledge.

These are a different draft to last week’s close fitting trousers (Aldrich’s basic trouser draft, if you follow these things).

The other trousers more full length


These are wide legged trousers with a high waistline, patch pockets and a button fly.  Other details are double belt loops, a wide hem and plenty of topstitching.

A button fly is simple: just leave the zip out of a regular fly front.  I added a strip of interfacing inside the fly shield to give an extra layer of support to the buttons.


The other trousers marking buttonholes

I originally bought a zip for the front fly. I changed my mind to buttons partly to have a more visible front opening because I was afraid that the patch pockets might look like the trousers were on back to front.


The other trousers choosing buttons

The buttons on the card were my first choice but they were a fraction too small. The ones at the bottom left didn’t match the topstitching, the ones above them were rejected for the splash of yellow in the centre, and I ended up buying the top left ones to use.


The other trousers with no belt

The trousers look better with a belt.


The fabric has been maturing in my collection for at least a decade.  It’s a stretch woven (guessing nylon/cotton/spandex?) bought from Pitt Trading while on holidays in Sydney.  It’s not a very forgiving fabric to sew but comfortable enough to wear.  I’m thinking of making another pair in wool.







  1. Erin Van Zante on December 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I think your trousers are perfection!

    • lizhaywood on December 22, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks Erin. I’ve worn them lots of times since and I’m very happy with them.

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