Sorell Trousers From The Long and Winding Bobbin

Today I'm in Paris. Wifi has been pretty rubbish on our trip so far and I've not been able to blog or Instagram as much as I would have liked to. Its pouring ran today so I plan to edit some photos and get some words together so I can share a bit of our trip so far with you. For the moment though, the lovely Renay from The Long and Winding Bobbin- one of my favourite sewing bloggers- agreed to do a guest post and review of the beautiful Sorell Trouser pattern by Pauline Alice. Renay's trousers *cough pants are so lovely! I know what will be next up on my sewing table when I return home. Try not to get too distracted by Renay's AMAZING fabric stash... I've been looking at it for ages trying to see what she's got in there. Ola!

Today I bring you a post about pants. Though... Caitlan tells me that grown ups call them "trousers" so I'll try that on for size.So here are the Sorell Trousers from Pauline Alice.

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Now... Firstly let me say that these "trousers" photograph horribly. Damn you wool/poly suiting, why won't you play nice! So please squint and ignore the wrinkles whilst I blab on about these...

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...Unless you are already distracted by stash mountain in the background. In that case, sorry it was raining as it has been for the last million years here. Sigh! So! A little while ago, the lovely Caitlan at Indie Sitches emailed to ask if I would like to whip up one of Pauline Alice's new patterns (The Xerea dress or the Sorell trousers) to write about on her blog while she was gallivanting around the globe. So jelly! It was an easy choice considering the dress to trouser pattern ratio going on here... Gimme the Sorell's!

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This was such a nice pattern to sew, with lots of really cool details like: welt pockets, slash pockets and even a watch pocket. So many pockets oh my!There is also a cute little notch outta the back waistband, wide hems and pleats too.They have a lovely 1940's style about them and I imagine them to be flattering on many body types.I am mini at 5'1" and don't feel too frumpy in them. Still waiting for the growth spurt...

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I chose the size 38 and didn't have to make any changes. None at all, yay.The instructions for the fly front are also fabulous. So easy and neat. I must say Pauline Alice knows her stuff.

I took my time and broke the steps up into little chunks of sewing. half an hour here, half an hour there. First the welt and slash pockets, then the next night the waistband and yadda yadda. Karen talks about sewing in chunks over here. Its nice to fit in some sewing after dinner or before work. small rewards! Normally I'm more frantic speedy than that, so this was a slower pace than normal but well worth it.

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Fabric came from my work (here) and it is a wool poly blend. Pro is that it doesn't crease as much as wool would, con is that it did not like to press and had a tendency to go shiny even with a pressing cloth! But its a good colour (Pretty much ripped off Pauline) and was easy to work with. Not much more to report, a straight forward and satisfying project :-) I'll leave you with a few shots of the innards. Hula girl innards!

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Thanks Caitlan! Now I'm off to steam the heck outta these...

Over and out xx