Check the checkered pants!

An image from Pinterest can haunt you. Like these pants. Geeky, classic, masculine, cute.

2pcs Mustard Tee Navy Pants Matching Sets

Neither such pants, nor such a fabric could I find in the area or online… until my local pusher fabric shop Fairy Taylors had a very similar satin cotton with a bit of stretch! Perfect!

I’ve been having major fitting issues with my sewing projects lately, which is why I haven’t finished nor posted much, am still in endless fitting loops for several garments (Burda dress, Lekala dress) The reason is partly because I’m getting more skilled and thus critical, but partly because the patterns seem to follow another size principle compared to RTW (I rarely have weird fitting issues with RTW, why am I sewing you might rightly ask!). So rather than butcher this lovely fabric with yet another ill-fitting pattern, I butchered a stained pair of H&M trousers and used that as a pattern instead. Fit guaranteed. No muslins, also no endless fittings and unpicking and resowing and pins stuck in the flesh…


I proudly took them shopping to Leuven…


I wore them with my husbands discarded shirt, blue and white checks all over!


Sooo the big question: do I dare go back to sewing from patterns? I could just buy clothes and use them as patterns… it would not even be much more expensive! Yet my sustainable fibre is blocking me, it just feels wrong.


  1. They look great! And the fit is excellent.

    I have no good answer for the pattern fitting woes. My only thought is that maybe you could make a sloper from some of the clothes and then use that to draft patterns that fit?

    • Good idea, when I discard clothes I should consider their fit and potential sloperhood.

      • Mind you I say that and yet I have several discarded dresses hanging about that I still haven’t cut up and taken patterns from…it’s been years!

      • I can understand, these were simple trousers, yet it took a quite a while…

      • Taking patterns from clothes is not actually that simple. Fabrics stretch and adapt to the body of the wearer, so the pattern pieces made of fabric are not always flat while paper always is! In particular well-worn and much loved garments are notoriously difficult to take flat patterns from because you need to introduce darts and stuff in places where the fabric stretched out with wear. And as it is these bumps and curves that made that much loved garment so comfortable, they are pretty important to capture! And yet, they may be in all the “wrong” places from the point of view of esthetics – in places where you would NOT want to have darts or other seams…

        I think you might be better off fishing about for a pattern brand that tends to fit you better than what you’ve been struggling with.

      • Truly there are no shortcuts!

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