Yep, I made a third pair of trousers. Three pairs in one month, even. (Blame The Monthly Stitch – it challenged me to make trousers, so I figured, may as well jump in with both feet. Especially since I usually avoid making these things.)
This time – meet the Peter and the Wolf trousers from Papercut!
Now, these are so very, very far from my usual style. (After all, they don’t resemble a 1940′s or 1950′s dress in any way, now do they?) I’ve never been one for skinny pants – tried a pair on once, looked horrible on me, avoided them ever since. But, well, that yoke detail – even though I was pretty sure the finished garment wouldn’t be my style, I had to try making them just to try making that yoke.
(Do others fall prey to this as well? The strong desire to make something just for the sake of trying to make it, rather than because you want to wear it in the end?) (Or is it just me? <- sad, lonely voice from the corner)
Anyway, here’s what the finished garment looks like!
Since they’re quite a tight-fitting pair of trousers, and the pattern calls for a woven with some stretch, I went for a stretch denim, and used the reverse side for the contrast yokes.
I used the reverse for contrast on the pocket facings as well, but in hindsight should have probably just stuck with contrast yokes. Next time….
The only alteration I made to the pattern when cutting out was the length – I'd heard from Sandra from when she made her fabulous black-and-red pair that they end up quite cropped. And I'm not really one for cropped trousers (heck, the vast majority of RTW trousers are cropped on me when they aren't meant to be, so I've had a pre-sewing lifetime of unintentionally cropped trousers to try and recover from!). So even though the scalloped hem is utterly gorgeous, I sadly removed it by extending the length instead.
Which I didn’t do enough, it turns out and had to add a cuff at the bottom with the little scraps that were left from my cutting out, to get a bit of extra length. (Whoops!)
The pattern went together really nicely, as all Papercut ones I’ve ever made have done. Nice, clear instructions, good drafting, and overall an enjoyable sew.
I did a bit more topstitching than what was called for, as the denim I used has a fair bit of stretch and I was worried about the seams bursting. So the side seams got topstitched as well, as did the full crotch seam (front and back). (And I can reasonably safely say they’re nice and strong, since I wore these around the house all day on Saturday to test them out! )
For fun, I used some pink quilting cotton with cupcakes on it for the pocket lining, that I got from my secret santa in the 2013 Sewists Secret Santa Swap. (Thanks, secret santa!) Coz, you know – cupcakes. (Need I say more?)
To my shame, the front and back yokes don’t line up all that well on one side. Not sure how I missed this – guess that’s what happens when you sew with a head cold. Grrr. (And then I compound my feeling of duh-ness around this by showing you all how well they don’t match up….)
These are meant to be a mid-rise style, but the seam where the waistband hits the trousers hits exactly on my hip bones. A bit lower than I was expecting, and I had to add a bit of extra length (like, 7cm extra!) to the waistband to get it to do up when going directly across my hip bones. (Eek!) Next time, I’ll add a bit of length to the front and back pieces, to get these sitting an inch or two higher. (Because of where they hit, the waistband doesn’t sit as smoothly as it should either. But hey, I’ll always be wearing a tshirt or the like over these, so that won’t really matter.) Admittedly, I’m quite tall (177cm), so these are probably going to sit a bit higher on other people. (Have you made them? Do they sit higher?? I’m curious to know!)
So yes, the Peter and the Wolf trousers. So not my usual style. And I must admit, I’m not 100% certain on this pair on me. Do they fit ok? (I don’t ever wear trousers this tight, so I’m finding it hard to tell if there are fitting issues in the front section, or if it’s just that the style is so foreign to me!) Do they look any good? (Again, so far from my style I can’t tell!) Please people – give me your honest opinions!!!
Whether they look any good on me or not, though, I do recommend this pattern. It comes together well, has interesting details, and great instructions. (And I’m contemplating how to convert it into a skirt variation next time I make it, so I can still get that yoke detailing but without the doubt of skinny pants wearing going on.)
Oh, and check out my shoes! I love these – still breaking them in, must get to work on that coz they’re far too pretty to sit languishing in my wardrobe. They’re the ‘Apple Dimple’ style from Minx. Totally my favourite shoe brand.
Thanks to my lovely sister for taking the photos! She did such a good job I had a hard time choosing which ones to use, hopefully it hasn’t given you all photo overload as a result. (Poll time – lots of photos, or less photos? Which is best for you?)