I'm trying to finish the remaining items for the Pattern Review Wardrobe contest in a sewing blitz (I'll photograph things when I have a few to put together). It is bothering me. So that means 3 more pairs of trousers and 3 knit tops. Sigh....
Trousers No. 2 are almost finished (the first were the May Burda olive green cargo pants). These are a remake of the trousers below, which were a download from the Manequim Magazine site.
I love them, although they are a real challenge to put together. The photo doesn't really show what they look like - the line drawing is more like it. The pattern is a size 42 although it is huge! They are obviously made to be very slouchy and worn on the hips.
This pattern was a free download although it seems to have disappeared from Manequim's freebies. I guess the lesson is to download any free patterns you like when you can - as also happened with Burda Style, you can't rely on them staying free for very long! Luckily this was the one PDF I did keep.
I've recently subscribed to Manequim as I have been checking out their website for a while and love their designs. Melissa on Fehr Trade covered a couple of editions - Manequim - Fehr Trade - and I was sold! The subscription process was quite easy, albeit slow; it seems to take about 3 months. A 12 month subscription costs $135 US all up. I just sent an enquiry to email@example.com and got responses in English. I'm excitedly waiting for my first copy!
The fabric for the trousers is a lovely washed silk herringbone from Denver Fabrics (which is darker than it appears in the photo). This is one of my favourite fabrics for floppy casual pants - it feels wonderfully soft, is opaque, has a good weight for pants and washes and sews well. I notice that Sass and Bide use it a bit for trousers and jackets.
I'm a fair way through the pants and all is going well so far, although I had loads of trouble with the back yoke, being in a soft drapey fabric cut on the bias - yuck!
My eye has also been caught by another pair of pants from June Burda, which (if they don't look terrible on) I may substitute for one of the pairs I was going to make for the Wardrobe Contest, but full length rather than 3/4 length.