Hello! I’m back with my latest make today featuring a new-to-me pattern company. These are the Tatjana Trousers by Just Patterns and straight off I’ve got to say that what a pleasurable sewing project this was!
I’ve had this pattern since around Christmas time and just as we hit 2021 I got bogged down with my green coat project which took a long time then I had the Fibremood blouse to do so they were put on hold for a while. I initially had some different fabric in mind for this project and then I saw this lovely denim blue-coloured drapey viscose/poly blend in the remnant section at Clothspot (no longer trading) and the stars aligned, it was meant to be…It’s the same fabric as the green colourway that I used here and once I saw the blue fabric I just had to have it. It’s just the perfect weight for this silhouette.
A bit about Just Patterns. It’s a small independent company run by a lovely French lady called Delphine. We’ve interacted on Instagram quite a bit and she’s absolutely lovely and super stylish too. She’s a very talented pattern drafter and designer and certainly knows her stuff. She states that her sewing patterns are meant for dressmakers who already know the basics of sewing…I would agree with that. There are many high-end construction techniques used throughout and whilst they might seem complicated at first glance, the step-by-step instructions and illustrations are wonderful and I found them a joy to follow.
The style of these trousers/pants is lovely with the width of the legs not being excessively wide. I felt a little reticent about pleats on my tummy area at first though and initially considered removing one of them, however, in the end, I decided to go all out and keep them. So glad I did!
So sizewise I cut a 38 and graded out a fair bit for my waist. For my flat bottom I straightened the back crotchline, extended the curve outwards at the inseam and scooped it out. I also straightened the front crotch curve for my flat pubis. I would say that this design is created for someone with good waist definition so if that’s not you (or me!) then you’ll need to grade the waistline out as I did.
I adore all of the professional finishing techniques used throughout this pattern. The pocket bags that go right to the side seams, the lovely binding details on the zip guard and zipe extension, the back welted pockets that have the lining going under the waistband, etc. These are designer details folks and I’m here for them.
Cue the detail pictures!
I used what lining I had in my stash to finish the pockets and binding but if I made another pair (which I will!) I really want to use something bold and bright in contrast for extra pretty insides…even if it is only me that knows they’re there.
When it came to deciding on the length of my pants I ummed and erred for ages. I knew I wanted to try the look of trainers/slip-on sneakers with them (‘cos I’m cool ya know!Lol!) but I also want to wear some of my ankle boots with them. As it is, the length I’ve gone for seems to work well with both (maybe a little too slouchy with trainers?…I might take another 1/4″ off, but will see how I feel wearing them). I think it’s a combination of the drape and the fact that they aren’t overly wide, so they fall nicely onto the front of my foot with both types of footwear. Yay!
In conclusion, I have to say that I’m absolutely smitten with these Tatjanas. It’s a slightly new silhouette and style for me and I can’t wait to get styling. I’ve always had a bit of a hang-up about wearing things tucked in, but with these trousers/pants I feel perfectly fine doing it and all of my doubts have vanished. I’m sold! I can highly recommend Just Patterns and I’m so glad to have found another pattern company that I love.
Well, that’s it from me for this week. I hope you’ve been doing ok and if like us you’ve been in lockdown, I hope you’re coping ok. Our restrictions are lifting over the next few weeks and I’ve even got a haircut booked for mid April, yay! Things are looking up.
See you soon!
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