Hello everyone, it’s Suzie here with you today with my next Blogger make. I’ve been on a bit of a trouser making binge recently (last time I made these lovely turquoise pull-on jeans) so I’m sticking with that theme again, but going dressy!
You might have noticed that the paper-bag trend has been pretty big recently. I love the look, but have always just assumed that it would draw too much attention to my tummy, which I’d rather not do. But a few months ago I went on a sewing inspiration shopping trip (SUCH a good idea if you are feeling stuck in a style rut) and made myself try on some paper-bag waisted trousers in Zara. Well I LOVED them! As soon as I came home I was straight on the internet trying to find a sewing pattern as close to the style of trouser I tried on. I was absolutely amazed, and delighted, to discover that McCalls 7726 is pretty much a dead-ringer for them!
The pattern has actually been around for about a year now, and apparently everyone was making them back in Dec-Jan…I’m just a little late to the party! But the best thing about that is that there are lots of examples of the trousers actually sewn up and lots of reviews. The pattern comes with 4 different views; shorts, tapered legs cropped, tapered legs long and wide legs. The trousers I tried on in Zara were actually cropped wide legged, but for some reason I was really drawn to the tapered leg views. Again I felt that this might not be the most flattering on me, this time I’m talking about my thighs. But a bit of perusing on Instagram made me realise that I absolutely loved the tapered leg style on other women who perhaps have quite a similar shape to me, and it gave me the confidence to go ahead and make that view.
Because McCalls (and the other ‘Big 4’) often include a significant amount of ease I knew I would need to sew a toile. And I’m so glad I did. Yep, these trousers come up pretty big. I made a few adjustments and they were starting to look OK, but I decided I would maybe try making another toile a few sizes down. Turns out I went too many sizes down and this toile was too tight! Whoops! But that’s the whole point of making a toile right? Better to make these mistakes on your practice fabric than ruin your beautiful fabric. So I went back to my original toile and worked from there. The trousers are taken in all down the leg to reduce the amount of fabric. In terms of fitting the waist, it’s quite easy because of the 8 pleats (yep, 8!), so you have a good amount of wiggle room there if they end up too big or too small.
One major change I made to these trousers was to omit the fly front and instead insert an invisible zip at the back. I felt it gave it a dressier look. And oh my goodness, I was super pleased with how ‘invisible’ my zip ended up (perhaps because I was sewing it on my Mum’s expensive Pfaff?!).
With the party season fast approaching I thought that these trousers would look beautifully elegant made up in the black Rosabella Jacquard. This fabric is simply stunning. It has such a gorgeous drape and would work so well as a cocktail dress, but also lends itself so well to the pleats in this pattern. Due to being a jacquard, the fabric has two very useable sides, and it was hard to choose which side to use as my ‘right’ side. One is shiner than the other and in the end I decided to keep it muted and kept the shine to the inside. I absolutely love the result. It also means the inside of my trousers feel very slinky! The fabric also has a little bit of stretch to it, which makes the trousers super comfortable, even though they look tres smart – yes!
In these photos I’ve pair the trousers with a little self-drafted top, a chunky necklace with a bit of bling, black heels and a sash made from some satin from my stash. For me it’s the perfect outfit for heading out for a few festive drinks and I know I’ll be wearing exactly this come December!