Back when I was making the Merchant & Mills Strides trousers, I mentioned this Vogue trousers pattern. And I really did make them, I’m just delinquent in doing the post. They are, as I suspected, a much better fit for me.
The Vogue pattern has more curve along the hip, and 2 back darts and front pleats instead of one.
I made the size 14, with only one change, an addition actually – the fly shield from the Strides pattern. It’s just so handsome!
As with my final take on the Strides, I did a horizontal fish-eye dart in the back (the flat bottom and bagging solution). I really like the way this worked out, especially with the double darts.
Purple is an awful color to photograph. The fabric is really a deep eggplant, a cotton/poly (80/20) twill, nice weight for pants, from Fabric.com.
Some finishing touches. I secured the belt loops inside the waistband, then attached them conventionally with bar tacking. And I finished the fly shield, waistband, and pocket bag on the inside with some fun bias binding. I thought I had a pic of all that, but … no.
I like a bar tack across the top of the slant pocket – it’s amazing how well it works to keep the pocket flat.
Here’s a throwback – do you have one of these wonderful tap-it tracing paper markers? Sooo much easier than a tracing wheel. Mine is really really old… I’ve had it since I was 20!