I have finally jumped on the bandwagon and made 2 pairs of the Safiya trousers by Tilly Walnes from the book Make It Simple. One pair was simply not enough as these trousers are so me! Thanks Tilly, for this simple, super sewing pattern – its an absolute triumph and my favourite.
Wide legged trousers/culottes and anything in a relaxed fit really appeal to me so it made perfect sense to choose these trousers as the first project in the book. It was the sight of the Safiya dungarees on its front cover that made me want to buy it.
Regarding the fabric, I had changed my mind and used the grey chambray that was ordered weeks ago but dismissed as being too lightweight for trousers (usually, I wear thicker fabric in a darker colour for trousers). Chambray is recommended as one of the drapey fabric choices in the book. Being lightweight works well for the design of the wide legs and makes the trousers feel more cool and airy which is perfect for the summer. I also made a blue pair using a lightweight cotton denim which I love. No doubt, I will wear these Summer Safiyas a lot.
Making my own trousers is a necessity as its difficult for me to find a good fitting pair in the shops, being pear shaped. Wide legs look more feminine and dressy than other styles. I cut a size 5 (UK 14) but used a 2cm seam allowance for a better fit. The blue pair has french seams for a more professional and neater finish which is ideal for a lightweight fabric.
There are only two pattern pieces (without pockets), the flat fronted waistband is flattering, with side/back elastic only, so its easy and comfortable to wear. In addition to the trousers, there is the clever option of making dungarees – all you need to do is attach a bib. Cool and comfy.
It really feels like I am wearing secret pyjamas!