Isn’t it funny how you change your ideas about a particular style? I’ve never been one for short trousers, preferring them to be super long and sweep the ground if anything, yet here I am lusting after all the variations of cropped trousers currently showing. My first foray was a pair of black linen culottes the summer before last, and this time it is a pair of stretch cropped flares.
I wanted these to be a quick make, to check that I liked the silhouette on me before investing too much sewing time. I used my stretch trouser block with some added flare. Normally on a nice wool/elastane like this I would do a fly front with a proper waistband, but when you only have a remnant of around a metre some serious shortcuts are necessary! A scrap of black stretch cotton was used for the waistband, and with some 50mm elastic inserted it has a nice flat finish sort of like a yoga pant.
Over the last few months my supply of black thread has dwindled down to a meagre four cops, and two of those ran out as soon as I started overlocking the edges! Instead of choosing the closest match, like charcoal or something, I chose to switch the needle thread in my overlocker to bright orange. I like the effect, and it helps to use up all those weird coloured threads that you end up with, and boy do I have a lot of those. I see more contrast overlocking in my future!
The length of these trousers was 100% determined by the length of my remnant. I squeezed out every last millimetre, and the length worked out just as I hoped. I love this length, and now I am officially a cropped trouser fan – I think I need more!
(I’ve already hacked the bottoms off an old pair of bootleg jeans…)
How about you guys – do you like this silhouette in trousers? And have you ever overlocked things in the wrong colour too?