Have a read, let me know any thoughts and questions and have a happy Sunday.
Cut: Sunday Trackies
Size: I chose a 10 which is true to size for me. If using a non-stretch fabric please use at least one size bigger than your normal size or check the measurement chart.
- Added 9cm to the leg lengths
- Made without the additional ankle cuff
- Lots of extra pockets...! Details below.
- Decorative topstitching
I hadn't actually pictured this garment having decorative contrast stitching but when it came to choosing a thread colour I felt drawn to something light that would 'pop' against the fabric. I decided to opt for a warm beige to give it a slight utility feel (which also happens to match with the brass eyelets).
Playing with Pockets
1. Welt Pockets
I love a welt pocket on the back of trousers and I thought they would go really well on this design.
I shared my welt pattern on a previous hack project but here it is again. This is a free download and you can head to my saved stories on instagram for some informal instructions on how to sew it.
The welt on its own looked a bit out of place so I decided to add topstitching around the pocket bag. This helps to make the whole pocket more sturdy but also turns the construction into a special feature as well. I started with just one line of stitching...
I then added another...
And then because I loved that effect so much I added a little box around the top of the welt. I think this extra topstitching helps the design feature to really sing.
2. Side Pockets
I knew I wanted to add pockets on the sides of the legs for a 'combat' trouser look and so I felt the garment needed front pockets as well to balance out the stitching details. I 'free styled' on the pattern using the patch pocket curve that's included with the pdf.
This type of patch pocket is applied on top of the trouser leg and the side and top edge of the pocket is enclosed in the seams. I'll be posting an instagram reel on how I made these!
3. Patch Pockets with Flaps
After I sewed the side seams together I added pockets and pocket flaps top the legs. Unfortunately I didn't get better photos (woops) but they are essentially just 2 pockets made using the back patch pocket and with flaps that I free styled the shape for.
The waistband is pretty much by the book except I made a drawstring tie from scratch in the same fabric. I also added a line of topstitching 1cm from the top to give it a slight 'paper bag' finish.
The story is not over with these... I'm really glad I did this make and I think there's another chapter or two in waiting for slinky Sunday Trackies...!