Hot! The ‘Liar Liar’ Pants

The Facts

Fabric: Approx. 3 yards red cotton with 2% stretch $12, scrap fabric for pockets
Pattern: Colette Clover Pants, 2nd time making
Year: 2011
Notions: Red invisible zipper $2
Time to Complete: 3 hours
First worn: January 2012
Wear again: Yes!
Total Price: $14

Oh yes, red pants.  After making my first round of Clover’s I knew I wanted to tackle the pattern again with a better fit.  While wandering through the stretch cotton section at my local fabric store, I spied this deep red fabric.  A few short minutes later and it was being cut up with my hands itching to make a new pair of pants.

This time, I learned from my mistakes and went with my original gut (no pun intended) size.  The last time I made these pants, I – for once – made a muslin, buuuut… not in a stretch fabric.  So then I graded up too large for my final version, and had some loose fitting pants.  But not this time!

I actually think they fit really well.  They’re definitely fitted, but comfortably so.  Ok, honestly? I think I love them.  I don’t think I’ve ever had pants in a fun color before so it’ll be nice to have some bright separates. Oh, and even more fun, I had some leftover striped cotton from a recent project, so I used them as the pocket lining. No one would really see them as they’re flush with the pants top, but I know they’re there!

So the hubby might need to fight for affection this Valentine’s Day, because I’ll be swooning over these pants.



Christine started sewing in late 2010, inspired by the many crafty bloggers and their gorgeous, self-made outfits. When she's not sewing, she's doing Irish and Scottish dancing, needlework or other various crafts, and hanging out with her hubby and fur babies (1 dog and 3 cats).


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  1. Red pants are the best! Love the sheen on the fabric.

  2. Super cute and they look lovely with your Jasmine – I love pockets that are surprises in themselves.

  3. Those are pretty awesome, I especially like the pocket lining!

  4. Oh Christine, you crack me up with the hubby line. I think the pants look hot and I love the pocket surprise. Happy sewing and wishing you and youR hubby a Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Red pants are so the style this year! These look great on you. I love the deep red.

  6. Oh! Pretty! I want some red clovers.

  7. I love the secret pretty pocket – just the sort of detail that makes an item for me. Great trousers (I STILL can’t say pants!) and such a lovely colour

  8. I love the sheen on that red, it’s a really gorgeous colour red. And I adore that ‘secret’ lining. I haven’t braved making trousers yet (I working up to it…) but that you for providing such a good looking inspirational nudge.

  9. Great job, those look terrific on you!

  10. I wish I could wear red like this – it looks great on you! Love your contrast lining.

  11. These are so awesome!!!!!!! I hope you won’t mind if I totally copy you!

  12. That red! The color is amazingly rich. I wish I too could make the clovers, but I don’t think they would suit my body shape. You on the other hand rock these!

    I love them paired with your Colette Blouse.

    • Honestly, when Colette first released the pattern I thought ‘yeah, right’ because they totally weren’t a shape I would normally wear. After seeing a few other versions of them I realized they were pretty versatile. I say give them a try! :)

  13. I love the bright red trousers! They are gorgeous and they look like they ft so well.

  14. These look fab! And I’m obsessed with the pockets. Freaking. Awesome!

  15. You are fabulous. Those pockets are amazing, and I love this color on you!

  16. You are queen of the clovers, I think you have the fit down pat, fabulous lining and detail. Love it Christine.

  17. I love these! The fit is great. I want red Clovers in a bad way; it was my original pick but I messed up when buying the yardage.