- It is almost June
- I have plans for every Saturday in June... including an actual trip away - gasp!
- If I don't want to wear the same pair of jeans every day of my holidays, I will need to move fast.
So I dived into the stash and came up with a plan: Marilla Walker's Mercury trousers in scrumpley cotton / linen blend denim, please Roo!
I had already traced the pattern, so I cut the fabric on Saturday after a marathon session in the herb garden.
On Sunday, I declared myself as having Done Weeding for the weekend and dragged the table into the window, abandoning the sofa somewhere between the kitchen and daylight.
I learned a new way to put elastic into a waistband - brilliant!
Except... I overestimated the size of my waist and once the elastic is sewn in using this method, it is pretty hard to extract. So I added some belt loops for extra security and... well...who doesn't love an excuse to wear a funky belt?
I shortened the legs of the cropped version by two inches (because I am not tall at all) and went for an in-between shape - neither wide and straight (View C) nor super-tapered (View D) - by cutting View D but including just two pleats at the inside of each ankle.
I really like the resulting shape - slouchy and drapey without going all the way to the floor.
Perfect for a summery stroll on the beach or sheepish activities at a yarn festival... both of which I am looking forward to in the next few weeks - woo hoo!
Pattern: Mercury Trousers by Marilla Walker, size 2 (shortened by 2 inches mid-leg before cutting)
Fabric: 2 metres of cotton / linen blend denim from my local fabric shop - the end of the roll! I do wonder if there might be a little bit of silk in there too - it has a soft sheen to it that I haven't seen before in linen. Lovely stuff.
Other: Thread. Elastic for the back waist. Interfacing for the front waist.
There has been dancing.
I have a wide-legged-trousers obsession and a culotte addiction, so to find a pattern that is somewhere between the two, with just the right amount of funkadelia and really comfortable too...?!
Will I make another pair?
Damn skippy, I will.
I have some midnight blue wool in the stash, and I am sorely tempted to rustle up a colder-weather version later in the year.
But I might not last that long... imagine how great they would be in some Merchant and Mills washed linen, in olive green, for that slightly All Saints does army surplus vibe...?