Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hello Sailor!


I don't usually wear trousers being more of a skirt/dress type girl but I love sailor style pants. To make these I used this pattern from Burdastyle and modified it slightly.
I wanted a pattern that had a side invisible zip rather than a front closure and this was the only pattern I could find at the time. The waistband was really small and I wanted them to be high waisted so I made it about double the size of the one in the pattern. This was actually my second pair. The first are in navy wool with white buttons but I haven't managed to get a photo of them. These ones are made of some bright red drill cotton. The weight of the fabric is perfect but it is prone to wrinkling, as you can see in the photos.

Sailor Pants

The buttons aren't actually functional. There is an invisible zip closure on the left side. This was far easier than doing a button placket (not to mention the fact my machine hates doing buttonholes).
I also skipped the lining that was in the pattern because I didn't feel like they needed it.
Although it's too hot to wear them now, I wore the navy pair a lot when I first made them. They are really comfortable and have pretty much become my version of wearing trackpants (I abhor trackpants and would never own a pair so highwaisted sailor pants are the closest I'll ever get).
They aren't perfect but I'm pretty pleased as these and the navy pair were only my second brush with making trousers (I made a pair of horrible brown plaid baggy trousers in high school but let's not talk about that).
The photos aren't very good and I think they look better in real life. They also make me look taller which is always an added bonus for someone as short as me.
The top I'm wearing is another Port Elizabeth. I love this pattern. It's so quick and easy. At this point I've made five of them.


  1. They look awesome! I love sailor pants. I want some sailor shorts. I may have to bookmark this pattern.

  2. Ohhhhh...I love these! They look great! I like side zips better as well--so it's good to see this pattern! Can't wait to see the other pair too :-)

  3. Cute! I love having a side zip on pants - it sits so nice and flat.


    Now I'm really curious as to how short you are, as I always imagine you to be very tall, cause you're so slight! So funny how pictures and perceptions are different.

    I'm a skirts/dresses person, but every now and again I get a whiff of trousers and think I'd perhaps look good too.

  5. Kat- Thanks. Sailor shorts are cute. I should have made some of them since it's too hot to wear pants at the moment.

    Debi and Alana- I know I'm a total convert to side zip pants. They sit so well.

    Veronica Darling- That's so funny you imagine me as tall. I'm about 5' 2" which is pretty well the opposite of tall. Sometimes it's nice to have a change and make trousers when you're a skirt/dress person.

  6. You look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see the navy pair too xxxx

  7. This looks fantastic! I love the top you've paired it with, too :-).

  8. They look cute! I contemplated sailor style for a while, becuase I really like the look of them on other people, but too much fuss around my hips just does not work so I am being sensible and not investing time in something I know will end in failure.

  9. I love these trousers! I'm a big fan of sailor trousers too. Red is a really good choice of color for them. I'd love to see your navy ones too. The Port Elizabeth tops seems really functional and easy to make. Was thinking of making one myself but I'm afraid I'd look really shapeless in it. You look really great in these tops.

  10. looks awesome on you and your hair looks great, too! you seem especially happy and beaming in these photos..what a little cutie!

  11. Wow, this outfit is fantasmagorical! I don't work a trouser well so I am most jealous of your trouser working - they look fantastic. Cute shoes too and perfect height with the trousers!