Are you a wide-leg trouser fan, or are narrow legs more your thing? I’ve always felt more comfortable in straight or narrow legs, and have never really been a wide-leg-trouser person. I tried some on once (actually they were pyjamas!) and they looked alright, but I’ve never owned a pair as they always seemed so grown-up to me!
But there are so many nice inspiring naval style trousers in blogland! So with the belated realisation that I am grown-up, and aided by the fact that my personal trouser block has long needed redoing, because I have not only grown up but out as well, I took the plunge into Wide Leg Trouserville.
I’m quite happy with the results, and they are very comfortable – the fabric is a relatively heavy but stable knit with good drape – the same fabric as my 1956 All Black Dress.
I have a long waist to hip height, so commercial patterns never fit me. When I make my own, the front rise looks fine:
Although it looks like I need to shift those L side buttons down a bit lol! The back rise is good too:
I thought these two side-on photos were worth posting – in the first one I am standing as normal for me, and in the second one I am trying to hold in my tummy and tuck in my bum – look at the affect this has on how the leg hangs:
I thought this was a good example of how things need to be fitted to your natural posture, not your wannabe posture!
My favourite thing about these trousers are the buttons:
They were pilfered from my mother’s button box many years ago but I had never found the perfect use for them. I think I finally have – thanks Mum!
The buttonholes were made using my Greist buttonholer, which jammed on the first buttonhole and left
a few snags, but I made sure the worst was covered up with the button. I decided to close the pockets in this knit fabric as they curled out slightly. By doing this the buttonholes didn’t need to be cut, so I made them longer to make those pretty satiny stitches more visible.
I’m actually thrilled with my new wide-leg trousers – they are really nice to wear, but I still have to get used to all that fabric around my ankles when I’m walking! I’m undecided what shoes to wear them with too – I envisage these trousers would look nice with flats but I don’t think I’ll wear them that casual, so I hemmed them for shoes around 8cm high.
Do you like wide leg trousers, or are you a narrow-leg devotee? Maybe you switch between both with ease! Is there a reason you prefer one style to the other – does one flatter your figure more, or is it a personality thing?