Named Alexandria Peg Trousers
I made plant pants. Botanic bottoms. Perennial pantaloons. Okay, alright…you get the picture. And you probably recognise the pattern – it’s the much loved Alexandria Peg Trousers from Named Clothing. I suspect I’m the last person in the sewing universe to make a pair (Kate is the second last with these ones) – and I finally understand why they’re so popular. Such an easy sew and an equally easy fit.
My favourite pattern detail is the pleat sitting neatly over the top corner of the front pocket. The sweetly rounded back pockets come a close second. The gathered waistband is super comfortable – pyjama levels of comfort here – and although I prefer a fitted waistband for the occasional tucked top, these are totally worth going untucked for such a quick and simple sew. Despite the simplicity, I’m paranoid with pants so I did make a toile and found it helped to make a couple of tiny adjustments – on the size 44 I narrowed the leg by an inch and lifted the crotch slightly.
The fabric is from deep in my stash. I bought metres and metres of it a couple of years ago to make a dress for my daughter. But she was NOT having it. So here we have pants for me instead. I was unsure if this cotton would be too light for pants and wondered if it might end up on the ‘what was I thinking’ pile, but I’m here to say I think it works! I suspect the soft cotton fabric wouldn’t last long if I was hoping for an everyday kind of floral pant, but I’ve kept these for dressing up a bit and so far the fabric is hanging in there.
The cotton was originally black and white but I’m a control freak when it comes to colour. Black and white felt a little loud, so I threw the fabric and a charcoal iDye sachet into the washing machine and hoped for the best (the only way to approach home dyeing!). By happy accident the white illustrations turned a muted musky pink colour, which pleased me even more than my intended grey. I always go a little overboard when it comes to letting dye soak in – with this one I left the fabric in the washing machine for the better half of a day, letting it have the occasional rotation. I like iDye because the results always seem pretty nice and even – I used the same dye on this shirt which has worn ridiculously well without fade or colour inconsistency.
To be honest I was a bit nervous putting patterned fabric on my legs. You can find me in dark pants most days but a print…? Never. But I love these pants and I wear them quite happily. On our last craft weekend there was a lot of chat about our preconceived ideas re what suits our bodies versus clothes we admire but won’t wear. For example I love overalls but I can’t wear them because… you know… those rules I made for myself say so. As the weekend wore on there may have been a few champagne-fuelled group pep talks about wearing stuff outside the ‘body shape rules’ and just owning it. By the end of the weekend we were telling each other to OWN IT, DAMMIT. It’s a worthy reflection for me, and I took my freshly made pants home vowing to wear them proudly. I like to think these botanical bottoms are a small step in the right direction…of owning it.