First up was choosing a favourite pattern. Toni is a mum of four and has produced an extensive range of patterns for babies, boys, girls and grownup women, many of which we are delighted to sell in our shop. Truthfully the women's Poppy Tunic is probably my favourite - when Toni released the pattern it was one of those must make now moments for me - but since I have made three (this is my favourite) I really didn't need another one! Another Make It Perfect pattern I adore is the Sprout (ever since I saw it made up here - beware, cuteness) but I have no little girl recipients to make it for, boo. I finally settled on the new Essential Shorts pattern, which I was curious to try lengthened into pants.
For fabric, I reached for my favourite standby, natural linen. Visitors to our shop may have seen these pants hanging in our front window - it's been rather too cold around here for breezy linen legs! Their day will come soon enough.
The result is just what I was looking for: casual linen pants that are loose and comfortable, but not too baggy. The shape is great - they are meant to be fairly slim-fitting and the flat front and topstitched pockets help prevent excess fabric pouffiness where you wouldn't want it. Bias bound pockets? Me likey. Topstitching that pocket curve with contrast thread would make for a really nice detail but I chose to keep these unadorned. I topstitched the side and rise seams in regular matching thread just for added strength.
I needed something very plain to wear on top, so the pants could star in these photos. This here is my third Plantain top, from some oh-so-soft cream organic cotton interlock we have in the shop. I wanted to try a contrast woven for the elbow patches, as inspired by lovely local Cate, and this Liberty apple print seemed just right.
Before I cut into the linen, I made a muslin of the Essential Shorts from from old bedsheet fabric, trying the Size L as my measurements indicated. Whilst I could pull them on, there was zero ease (I'll spare you the photos of that) so I sized up to XL for the end result. I actually contacted Toni to query the sizing and she was great about it. It's a new pattern so although she has testers work with it in most sizes, she hasn't had a large volume of feedback about it. I would be interested to hear from anyone else who has tried this pattern in the bigger sizes. My feeling is that the measurements for the L and XL correspond to finished garment, not body measurements. Or am I in denial about the size of my forty-something rear end, ahem? Ah, the things we post in the name of sharing sewing information.
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Toni's instructions for completing the waistband with elastic back and front drawstring are excellent and I totally stole the method when making pyjama pants recently.
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