Flint trousers V 1.0 and 1.1

Megan Nielsen is an Australian patternmaker – yay local! Which also translates to less postage for hardcopy!! Her Flint pants intrigued me and I primarily bought the pattern  to get the lowdown on that snazzy pocket opening to get into the things.

trouser pocket opening
Love me a bit of snazzy selvage action!

Then Handmade by Carolyn posted an excellent pocket opening tutorial AFTER I bought the pattern! Oh and BTW. if you don’t subscribe to Carolyn’s blog you totally should, the woman is a sewing/patternmaking/shoemaking dynamo!

Flint trousers release tuck removed

This first toile have the front pleats removed, there’s plenty of room in these trews. Megan has a tutorial here for that. My one major gripe is the lack of a pocket facing. You’d think I would know better than to make a slant pocket without one… apparently not! It bugs me every time I wear them. Very happy with my single welt pocket addition on the backside – sewn closed of course, who needs a saggy bulky backside?!

single welt pocket

and the action shot! You do know we’re waiting to demolish this house… hence the overgrown vege patch.

Flint toile in action

So after the toile I really tried to ‘up’ my design game, but hadn’t realised how drapey this viscose poly would be. I get the feeling it lengthens my backside and Longbottom is not a compliment! A ‘kindly’ friend pointed out that I need to get to the gym to solve my lack of backside – hmmmm, thanks?

Flint trousers V2.0

Subbed in a double welt with button tab and snazzy brassy button. Hand topstitching all over the place and frayed the hem cos’ I’m rad like that! Imagine my surprise when the whole thing was done and I hadn’t also added the intended belt loops!

Flint detail
Megan Nielsen Flint with added detail
Megan Nielsen Flint trousers with double welt pockets
Eeeek, look at the hanger marks!

Lined this pair to ‘shorts level’ which wasn’t a complete success – it does add some bulk I think?

Flint with fly etc.
Added a zip fly etc And see what I mean about that pocketing peaking out – sacrilege!

They’re quite smart, a little bit fancy and swooshy to boot. I was worried about the colour not co ordinating with anything but rationalised that most jeans have topstitching this colour, clearly mustard goes with everything blue!

Diamond Python at my back door

And look who I found slithering next to my sewing room door, just a diamond python though if you’re silly enough to pat her she will strike! This beauty was about 1.7m long and a bit skinny after winter. Perhaps I should have saved her a nice fat rat – there was, after all, plenty to go around after the tenant left! Nearly stepped on a baby red bellied black snake last night, who knew snakes had such exciting night time habits?!


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  1. Love the colour and the hand topstitchong! My best ready to wear cotton and linen trousers have similar stitching around the main seams. Thanks for reminding of the detail.

  2. Well, I must say those drapey mustard trousers are very du jour and chic. Frayed hem in a drapey viscose! I love all your added details. I always line trousers at least to around the knee. I find they fit and move and hang better. Sure, it’s another layer of thin fabric, but it’s worth how it saves the garment.

    I just love the silhouette with your big hat. Splendiferous!

  3. I love both pairs and the fringe hem is so cute! The pockets are also lovely and the fit looks perfect. I prefer these pants with the pleats removed, too. I’ve never used a Megan Nielsen pattern but the lack of pocket facing would make me think twice.

    • Seriously an easy fix Justine. Just cut a piece of garment fabric along the selvage about 5cm wide and stitch it on top of the front part of the pocket, then cut it to the shape of the pocket piece – this is how tailors do it, they don’t have a seperate pattern piece. I just thought I’d go with the pattern instructions ;Q I also like her Matilda dress and my daughter’s first ever make was the incredibly successful Cascade skirt – such a hit for a young sewist that one!

  4. These trousers are lovely – stylish, flattering and I love all your details. I think this is a colour that will go with many others – think of it as a neutral. Gorgeous.

  5. I’ve been very tempted by this pattern for some time now, and you aren’t helping because I love your versions. I’ve been threatening a pattern famine and an enforced dusting off with the pattern cutting skills. When my sewing mojo comes back i may give these a try – after all we have ‘trouser twin’ status to keep up. I only wish I looked as good in mine (not fishing – honest!)
    That snake is terrifying. I’m so glad i didn’t see any 😱

    • Next time you come to Australia Kim, we’ll need to do some snake desensitising. The time I stepped off the same back step and nearly put my foot on a red bellied black snake – now that was a ‘brown pants’ moment!! You could totally draft these trews yourself, especially with the cheat sheet from Carolyn!! Do you find fondling your fabric stash works to bring back the mojo – I definitely do! x

      • I hadn’t tried the stash fondling technique – watch this space. The old blocks still fit (Hurrah!) so I will be able to rack on with the pattern cutting when i raise my lazy butt.
        With regard to snakes thanks for offering desensitising. It may take a while – I have been known to squeak when I find slow worms in my garden 😂. That black snake sounds terrifying.

  6. My favourite pattern companies are both Australian. Stylearc and Tessuti ( love their Bondi dress). Glad you posted this review of the Flint, though I fear, as much as I love it, I am just too short for it. Although since I last saw you I have lost 2 stone! Can’t do anything with the height though. Would you be tempted with the shorts version Lesley. I like these also and would probably just about be able to get away with them when the temperature is near to 40 degrees. BTW my relatives that are close to you are coming to the UK in April, including my 94 year old uncle. Pretty impressive don’t you think.

    • Wow, I’m a little surprised that a 94yo is willing to travel so far! I can hardly get my Mum from the UK to Stuttgart! 2 stone is a lot of weight, congratulations Sheree 😉 I’ve never been all that short though I’m getting there as I lose some height over the years, but if everything is in proportion, does it still look wrong? Have to admit these trews look best with tops tucked in or cut off short. If I wear something left untucked I look quite blob like. We’re heading for winter now, but yes, a short pair could be in my future for next summer – it hadn’t even crossed my mind cos I’m so attached to a dastardly pair of navy linen shorts that don’t fir anywhere!!!

      • That side of the family – my Mum’s – are made of stern stuff. As well as seeing his haunts, he will be visiting my Mum (90 in a few months) and his young brother (80 next month). He is travelling with his son and daughter and the next day will drive up to Nottingham!! He wanted to have lunch with us the day he arrived, but I suggested he has a rest. Can’t quite believe it, certainly puts me to shame.
        Back to your lovely Flint trousers. Totally agree that the top has to not cover the waistband. They just wouldn’t look right with anything longer. This silhouette is very of the now, I feel drawn to it, but sadly I will have to let this one pass me by.
        One more thing – NO more snakes please.

  7. Not a style for me either (too short-arse, if you pardon me Yorkshire) but they look great on you and are made with the usual precision.

    That’s a pretty snake (I’d feed it, but would rather it went vegetarian).

    • Heels fix almost everything! I love that the wildlife feeds itself with no intervention necessary! Except when I found our Zelda tossing an almost dead rat around in the air = playing with it. Husband grabbed the spade and chopped the rat’s head off to end it’s misery – nature is far more cruel than vegetarians envisage! I will have to find the picture of a diamond python with a possum in it’s belly – hilarious 😆

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