The ‘Midwinter Mole’ slacks
I love skirts, but I loathe tights, so for all that I am super-vintage girl, I wear pants/trousers/slacks (whichever you prefer to call them) almost exclusively all winter long.
So, for the winter challenge, I decided to go for my winter uniform: wool slacks. It’s not winter here, but I’m sure I’ll get use out of them during every summertime southerly.
I used Butterick 7988, because I’ve been desperate for an excuse to make this pattern every since I bought it:
Since I’m not doing the adorable safari styling, have you noticed why I was so excited about making the pattern? No? Scroll back up to the top and look at the first image again. See it? No?
Want another look, without any photoshop at all?
See it?!? See it?!?
Or rather, see what isn’t there?
Yep, no side seam. It’s all done with a dart at the side. I love it!
Unfortunately, some of the other things with these pants aren’t so fab. I got distracted cutting them and made a major boo boo:
Eeek. That’s an 8″ cut straight up the leg from the hem on the inside front edge.
I mended it with some bias tape and fabric fuse, and overstitched with machine darning. It will help, but the slacks are never going to be perfect again. Boo.
Still, they are great pants, the interior finish is rather nice, and they go with everything in my wardrobe.
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 1.5 metres of wool with a subtle tartan pattern in blue, grey and beige ($8)
Pattern: Butterick 7988
Year: mid 1940s
Notions: One invisible zip (stash) and vintage bias binding (20 cents)
And the insides? Bias-bound rise, overlocked inseams, bias-turned hem.
Hours: 8. I spent a lot of time fussing with the hem and cuff/no cuff
First worn?: Monday 3 Dec for the photoshoot
Wear again?: Yep. It goes with everything in my wardrobe.
Make again?: Yes! And I want shorts made from this pattern.
Total cost: $8.20
So why are they the ‘Midwinter Mole’ slacks? Well, because the pattern calls them slacks (not trousers or pants), I started them while watching a very appropriate episode of Midsummer Murders (it centred around a bespoke tailors, there was lots of talk of tweed, and all the murders were committed with tailors sheers), and finally, what colour thread matched the fabric best?
Mid Mole! Best thread colour name ever!