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Ministry of Craft Blog

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

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    You may have noticed front pleated, high-waisted trousers have been making their presence felt in the shops once again.

    The return of the pleated trousers reminded me the 80’s when I first wore them, but I have to admit, even though I am not a massive follower of the high street trends, they did catch my eye (I will not be perming my hair again though).

    I went in search of a suitable sewing pattern and found McCall’s 7726. The description on the sewing pattern was pleated trousers, loose fitting through the hip with length and width variations, pockets and an optional sash.

    After a quick trip to Leon’s Fabrics in Chorlton to pick up a black wool mix with a soft drape, I was ready to cut them out.

    The pattern would suit an advanced beginner, the fly front zip was a bit tricky but nothing a quick YouTube tutorial couldn’t resolve and the instructions for the pockets could have been made more straightforward. Except for that, they were really easy to put together and they turned out as described and shown on the pattern.

    These are a great style for anyone who doesn’t have a regular hip waist ratio (probably the majority of us!). That could be a rectangular shape or perhaps a small waist in comparison to hips. The waist is very easily made smaller or bigger by adjusting the pleat depth and because there are so many (8 in total), only a small adjustment per pleat is required.

    The next pair I make will be for the spring/summer (inspired by the below), opting for a shorter length and a brighter colour or print.


    Get in touch if you would like to bring this pattern to one of our dressmaking workshops.


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