Ever since I made my beach pyjamas, I have developed a bit of an obsession.. to find or make a pair of super-duper wide-legged trousers. Prior to the birth of my beach pyjamas, I thought my Vivien of Holloway 1940s reproduction trousers were wide. Boy, was I wrong. As a matter of curiosity, I decided to measure the hem of various pairs of trousers I owned, to compare just how wide they actually are. I measured each hem straight across the bottom, each measurement is a single side only, as the trousers were layed flat.
- Well, coming in at a massive 32 inches is of course, the beach pyjamas.
- Next-up, is my pair of Collectif’s ‘Glenda’, at 14.5 inches.
- Then, looking practically straight-leg by comparision, was my Vivien of Holloways, at a mere 12 inches.
I knew I wanted a happy medium, somewhere between my 32inch beach pyjamas, but much wider than my 12inch Vivien’s, and so the search began.
Now, this is where dear readers, you may think I am diverting the story. But hold tight, and all shall become clear. Every morning, when I wake-up I check my email and Instagram. One morning, I tapped the ‘explore’ tab on the latter, and discovered the delightful Boyer Sisters account. Which then led me onto their blog (which, by the way, is an absolute tonic to the soul!)
Browsing through their blog posts, I discovered that the middle sister, Brigid, shares a passion for sewing, just like me! Even more wonderful, she had recently launched her own vintage-inspired pattern line: Brijee Patterns.. and guess what the first pattern was? Yes – WIDE LEGGED TROUSERS!
The pattern is called the Linden Lady, and features a wonderful wide 1930s style leg. I purchased and downloaded the pattern, and began making a toile. The pattern itself was really easy to understand and work with, the instruction booklet is so cute too! Full of helpful hints and tips to offer support along the way.
As much as I loved the pattern, for my final pair of trousers, I decided to draft my own ‘upper section’ specific to my measurements. This is because I have a long body, therefore requiring a longer rise, and I found I needed more shaping from hip to waist, as my waist comes-in a significant amount. As I am an experienced sewer, I found it easiest to do this, rather than tweek the original pattern. However, the pattern does come with instructions for alterations, so I am sure an inexperienced sewer would be fine working with the pattern, and carrying out alterations in that manner.
Once I had drafted my own ‘upper section’, I then incorporated the fabulous leg shape from the Brijee pattern. Another toile, another fitting, et voila! Finally, here was the pair of trousers I had been dreaming about! I absolutely LOVE THEM. I am already planning on what fabric(s) to make them up in next. For this pair, I used a 95%cotton 5% elastane brown twill, which of course I pre-shrunk and washed.
So, how wide are the hem on these beauties I hear you ask? A perfect 21 inches, just like Goldilocks, these ones are ‘just right’.
And if, like me, you enjoy gazing longingly at the fabulous trousers of the 1930s, I highly recommend the wonderfully named site – Giant Pants of the ’30s. It features trousers, shorts, jodhpur’s, beach pyjamas, and more. Honestly, it’s a fabulous way to spend an evening!
Until next time dears xx