A great pair of fitted shorts/trousers

A review of Chi-Town Chinos

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Reviewed by theresamboxall on 21st November, 2020

This is my second pair of Chi-town Chinos. There are lots of great options for pockets, closures, length and even a skirt. The first version I made was a pair of shorts in stretch denim. For those, I used the classic, jeans style patch back pockets. This pair is made in a non-stretch cotton twill fabric, and I opted for welt pockets.

I really love both versions, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making them. The instructions are perfectly balanced between being clear but not overly explained. I particularly like the instructions for making the fly front. I usually find that to be a confusing part of the trouser making process, but the way it is constructed in this pattern is so easy to follow and produces a fantastic, neat result. The instructions for the welt pockets were similarly clear and well illustrated.

These trousers are fairly easy to fit and talk you through creating a simple basted version before spending too much time on the topstitching. They are designed with an optional back waist extension if you need more room for your tummy and have back darts to allow for better shaping over the bum.

I would highly recommend this as a first, fitted trouser pattern. Many of the people who make these seem to make many versions, and I absolutely see why. I’ve got more planned already! For more photos and details of my personal fit adjustments, check out the posts for the shorts/trousers on my Instagram page, @lostmythread .