Fayeraysews’ Palazzo trousers

Sam Doughtys Fabric, Pattern Review 0 Comments

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.

I also wanted that 70s blue denim look, so chose a linen texture Makower fabric from Doughtys. The 100% cotton fabric means these will work great in summer too!

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!

– Faye

Buy your Palazzo Trousers pattern here and find the back of the pattern envelope below. And check out Faye’s fab choice of trans seasonal linen texture Makower fabric from Doughtys.

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