Hello Harts readers! Yasmeen here from _ym.sews_
I was delighted when the Harts team asked me to post on their blog, so today I’ll be reviewing their lovely stretch twill along with the pattern I used!
Here’s a sneak peek of the trousers I made :) read on for more details!
I have been looking for a perfect stretch twill to make some chino style trousers for so long, so when Dana suggested their twill it was just perfect. I chose the Pauline Alice Port trousers pattern to work with as I already had it printed and cut out, all ready for the perfect fabric to walk into my life! I absolutely love Pauline Alice patterns and I have never been disappointed with them. I’ve made both the Carme blouse and Cami dress before with great success.
The style of the Port trousers is lovely featuring a relaxed mid-rise fit, tapered leg and slant pockets, and I pretty much wanted to copy Pauline’s pattern promo shot variation!! Thanks to this twill I’ve done just that!
The twill was great to work with, it behaves very well and pressed perfectly without getting a sheen to it as some twills do when you use a high heat and lots of steam. This twill stayed sheen-free throughout!
I decided to switch out the zipper fly front for a button fly front. I had such success employing the button-fly front on my Morgan jeans recently I am reluctant to stop using buttons in place of zips! A button fly front feels much more comfortable, don’t ask me why, just try it! To do this I used the button fly pieces from my Morgans pattern and adjusted the front pieces of my Port trousers to allow for a button rather than zipper fly closure. It worked brilliantly and was really simple to make the adjustment!
This twill isn’t really heavy, which made clean and neat topstitching so much easier than denim! Even sewing the button loops and buttonhole was a dream. It’s a lovely medium weight twill, perfect for this style of trousers. Even my husband commented he wanted me to make him some chinos in the same fabric as soon as I showed him the completed garment!!
Thanks so much to the lovely team at Harts fabric who kindly sent me the fabric to make my dream chinos! These will be getting a lot of wear in my handmade wardrobe.