A great multi purpose trouser pattern

A review of Papercut Patterns Palisade Pants and Shorts

Reviewed by sew-itwithDi on 26th August, 2021

I’m going to start that I’m not a big fan of elasticated waist trousers as they add bulk round my waist, that’s a personal thing because at 5’2” my relatively small waist is an important feature I like to emphasise when fitting clothes.
I was drawn to the pattern by the interesting pocket details and the extra vertical seams give opportunities for getting a better fit.
I’ve made the shorts version in a linen/viscose mix and they’re great with loose fitting tops.
However this pic is how I adapted them as exercise trousers. Close fitting, but not skin tight. The fabric is a thick nylon/Lycra with approx 30% stretch. I started with a size closer to my body measurements and shaped the pattern so the waist was also much closer to my measurement as the fabric would stretch to get them on. I cut the the back waistband to match the back body width and used elastic to pull it in to fit. I think I stabilised the front waistband with the same width elastic cut without stretching it. I also reduced the depth of the pockets to make them less obvious due to the close fit. But there’s still room for a phone!