Ever since Clair went on the Sewing Quarter to showcase the Alice trousers and the Kimono dress pattern, the sale of both patterns have gone through the roof, so we thought we’d give you a closer look at both designs. And this week we’re looking at Alice!
The Alice trousers were designed as a loose fitting, jogger style casual trouser, with a pull-on elasticated waist, deep cut-away pockets and elasticated ankles. Perfect for summer and great for colder seasons too, depending on the fabric used. They are an ideal first trousers sewing project for relative newbies as there are no closures, like zips or button holes and they are pretty quick to make up as they only have a few pattern pieces to contend with, so you can easily cut out and sew up a pair in the morning to wear out in the afternoon.
Another fantastic feature of the Alice pattern is that it’s incredibly versatile! The most obvious thing you can do with the Alice trousers is leave the elastic out of the ankles for a slightly more formal look: this can work better on taller people who might otherwise have to elongate the leg piece to give adequate ease for knee bending purposes. But it also gives the trousers a more sophisticated look, which, when coupled with the right fabric, can take them from beach to office, or from park to evening out.
And speaking of changing the leg length, the best hack we have made with Alice is to turn them into a pair of culottes! By simply following the cutting line down from the widest point at the hip and from the crotch point on both front and back legs, stopping about knee height, you can sew up a pair of elasticated waist culottes in no time. We made simply loads of these last summer and are looking forward to making more again this year! Great for holiday and again, depending on what fabric you use, they can work as going out wear if you style them right.
Fabric wise, we always recommend cotton as it’s such an easy fabric to work with, but Alice can also work with various other different materials too. Go light and floaty with cotton lawn, silk, viscose, cotton sateen, or a light chambray; or try a bit more structure with linen, heavier cotton, cotton duck, heavier chambray, lightweight denim or even a stretch jersey that has some weight to it. There are loads of different options and we love seeing just how many variations people come up with.
So if you would like to join in the Alice trousers gang, head to the website to see it and all our other patterns. Or pop into the shop if you live nearby and have a chat with us about your sewing plans!