Total Secret Pyjamas!
A review of Chandler Trouser and Shorts
These are described as “perfect for those just delving into the world of sewing trousers” but they’d be a lovely quick sew for a more experienced sewist.
As with all of Untitled Thought’s patterns, there’s lot of options: You can choose from a darted or pleated front, shorts or trousers and optional belt loops and/or a faux fly. I went for the pleated front, full-length and no belt loops or faux fly. I did actually cut the belt loops but my sewing machine was having none of it!
I made a size 4 as per my measurements and they were spot on. The only adjustment I made was to slightly shorten the height of the back waistband piece to fit the elastic I had in my stash. (EDIT: A month or so after I made them I realised that the side seam was not running straight down the side of my hip and I should perhaps have sized down. As they’re elasticated, it doesn’t stop me wearing these, although I would size down next time. I also retrospectively tapered the legs a little more, and would do this again on my next pair)
These were an enjoyable and simple sew and would be a great first trouser project. I love the way the pleats are topstitched – it gives a really clean finish and helps “boingier” fabrics stay in place! The way the elastic waistband is encased in the front waistband facing is also very pleasing.
I absolutely love these and know I’ll get a lot of wear out of them. They’re the perfect combination of stylish and comfy and could be dressed up or down.