thinking about: tailored pants

I am a solid fan of skinny jeans. Over the past year, I’ve been half-assed-ly trying new silhouettes for pants, but haven’t really given it much good effort. Yeah, okay, so I sewed up a couple Flints, tested some pants patterns, and made my first pair of Gingers too! But, I didn’t quit plan how any of them would fit into my wardrobe, and so, they don’t get worn that often.

A gal can’t live on the same two pairs of jeans though, so this month, I’m dreaming of pants! (ahem, or trousers for the Brits) Luckily, when it comes to indie patterns, there’s a lot of choice out there for all sorts of different shapes. I’m currently drawn to the look of a sleek tailored pant, with a higher waist, front pleats, and a tapered leg. Maybe even a cute little cuff at the ankles? I have lots of style pics saved on Pinterest, but here are some particular ones I love for this look.


A collage of tailored pants inspiration, by Small Bobbins


Hall trousers by Kommatia Patterns. I may be biased because I tested this pattern, but it has a lot of potential for my wardrobe. My usual issue with this company is just that they’re (mostly) drafted for people shorter than me (5’4″) and I’m sort of tall (5’8″), so I have to add length. But these have all the necessary details, with a bit more ease in the hips.

Hall Trousers (pattern by Kommatia) collage, by Small Bobbins

Bruges pants by Oraguese Patterns. I’m always tickled by a good pattern name, and Bruges is a town in Belgium! But these pants are unique on the market (from what I’ve seen, anyway) with the tuxedo stripe going down the side. I have a windowpane checked wool that could be very cool if I did the stripe on the bias.

Bruges trousers (pattern by Orageuse) collage, by Small Bobbins

Republique du Chiffon has several chic-looking trouser patterns, like the Alphonse, Diego, Louis (with an interesting yoke shape!), Emile (another interesting yoke!), Jacques (cool waistband!), and then, probably the most classic-looking of the bunch, the Gilbert trousers, which most conveniently also come in a mini version (squee!!!).

A collage of pants patterns by Republique du Chiffon

Terra Pants by Pattern Fantastique definitely have more ease, but they look so damn structural and cool (and not to mention, comfortable!). I’m not sure if my hips would work with this style, but it seemed too good to pass up!

Terra pants (pattern by Pattern Fantastique) collage, by Small Bobbins

This is just a small sample of some possible patterns to help achieve this look, but tell me! Can you think of others? Have you sewn any of these? Do you like this style of pants and would you try sewing it?