Unlike the rest of Instagram I haven’t gone crazy for the Lander pants mostly because the cropped wide legged trend makes me feel sick (due to reminding me of my teenage years of wearing extremely wide legged trousers constantly – emoooooooo).
I think I’ve been drinking the instagram koolaid though as I’m eyeing up the Persephone pants and sloooooowly coming around to the idea. Not cropped though. Never cropped! No shade to those lovely ladies who rock this style – I have a weird hang up about my ankles and aren’t about to flash them around to every Tom Dick and Harry!
Anyway for some reason I decided to buy the pattern for the shorts. I haven’t got a clue why now – maybe it was for sew my style?
I checked the finished measurements and went for a 4 at the waist graded all the way out to a 10 at the hips. It worked a treat and they fit like a dream. I didn’t even have to adjust the side seams! I had to take a massive wedge out of my Gingers and Morgan’s to account for my swayback but these fit so well right out of the packet.
The instructions are clear and the fly front went better than any I’ve used (full disclaimer though there are less pattern pieces as it’s exposed).
I absolutely love the pocket construction, she has you fold over the top, sew inside out and then turn, it makes the whole pocket turn and makes for a nice change. I’m not keen on how large the butt pockets are as they are one size and they’re square, I think I’d swap them out for some jeans pockets.
I used some leftover denim I bought at the first Sew Up North. I got 3 metres of stretch denim from the market and no joke I’ve made a pair of dungarees, a rosari skirt and now a pair of shorts! Now that’s what I call sewing leftovers.
When I went to attach the waistband it came up way too short. Watch out for this and cut your waistband with some additional length. I asked Kelli on IG about it and she said something about the bias stretching? I think it’s a pattern drafting error honestly.
I added an inch and a half to the bottom to try and preserve some modesty. They’re really short. Which I think is needed because when I tried them on they immediately reminded me of those mom shorts you see which hit at mid thigh and are wide legged.
These babies have being getting A LOT of wear in this heatwave (summer) we’re having. I’ve noticed sometimes they give me a wedgie so the best pair I’ll scoop the curve out, use a curved waistband and idk what those smile lines from!? Any ideas?