I love my navy Eva Dress trousers! I would wear them every day if I thought I could get away with it. So I decided to make another pair in a suitably neutral, summery colour.
Part of the success of the first pair comes down to the fabric I used: it is super-swishy, smooth and crease-resistant. This? Not so swishy. Quite "tough" and with a tendency to hold a crease. But... shrug... this is what I bought.
Sewing was easy second-time-around. I knew where I was heading. I knew which size of seams to allow and I remembered to leave the underlap sticking out beyond the side of the main garment. I made these up in one-hour installments across a week, here and there, when I felt like sewing and nobody wanted to watch tv in the same room.
Pattern: Eva Dress 3322, a reproduction of a 1940's Simplicity pattern.
N.B. I note that the pattern now has a revised waistband piece - I had to lengthen mine. I made size 16 (1940's sizes) and took bigger seams to bring them in a bit.
Fabric: 2.5 metres of chino trousering from Croft Mill. I am not convinced they sent the right colour but I prefer this to anything you might call "khaki".
£5.60 per metre.
Buttons: 1940's vintage from Clover Crafts and Curios at eeebaaay. I love that they will echo Betty Jean's argyll colourwork (when I get her finished!).
I mean, yeah, they are everything they were intended to be: wide-legged basic workwear trousers with a vintage twist. But, you know, not terribly exciting. Neutral.
But that's fine, isn't it? Because they will be the foil to any craziness I care to wear up-top.
So when it came to these photographs I thought it was time to crank up the top dial.
I was afraid of them looking a bit... beige, a bit Bread Pudding. I wanted to feel more... Vanilla Fudge Sundae with extra toasted nuts!
So I whacked on the Rockalily lipstick, popped in a pincurl and managed to get a bandana to stay put for the duration of this "photoshoot".
None of this would last ten seconds in the wind!
But look - best of all - they work with my Portfolio blouse - woo hoo!
Let's hear it for the New Neutrals!