The 70s are having a revival in the fashion world at the moment, which means wider trouser hems are in! (Woohoo!) For my latest Simple Sew project, I made the Palazzo trousers which are a clean looking, smooth fronted very flared trouser. I wanted a pair I could wear day-to-day with flat shoes, so that dictated the length modifications I made to the pattern.
I am a little smaller than the size 8 according to the size chart, but since these trousers are only fitted above the hips, I figured they would be easy enough to make adjustments as I went by making larger seams than the recommended 5/8” (1.5 cm). I lengthened the crotch by 2” (5 cm) and the legs by 4” (10 cm), and scooped the back crotch curve. I also moved the zip closure to the side seam because I wanted to use a metal toothed zip for a more vintage look.
Although the pattern is quite fabric hungry because of those super wide legs, it was easy to lay out on the fabric as there is only 4 pattern pieces – front, back, pockets and waistband. The long, straight seams made for a quick sew, only slowed down because I chose to hem them by hand (my preferred technique for a clean finish).
These trousers are quite structured and casual-looking because of my fabric choice, but you could easily get a work-appropriate look with a crepe, or a party-ready look with a drapey satin. The pattern only has darts on the back panels, which means patterned fabrics would also work well.
See you next time!