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.
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!
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?!
and the action shot! You do know we’re waiting to demolish this house… hence the overgrown vege patch.
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?
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!
Lined this pair to ‘shorts level’ which wasn’t a complete success – it does add some bulk I think?
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!
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?!