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DIY Project: Tropical Trousers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by inlandisland, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. inlandisland

    inlandisland Senior member

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    I made these trousers from a cream/white, open weave herringbone wool. They feature a zipper, button and double hook closure, slanted side pockets, double-welted back pockets, belt loops, two inch cuffs and lots of hand stitching. Total work time was in the range of 20-30 hours. These are actually a re-make - the first pair I made from this cloth had some fit issues, but these are much better... Fit pics will be added when I get the cance to take some.

    The finished trousers:
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    Hand made button hole - still messy, but getting a little more uniform.
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    Hand sewn bar tacks on side pockets.
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    Slanted side pockets and double welted back pockets.
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    Closure and hand felled waistband.
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  2. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    Consider this is your second pair of trouser, it is very good!

    Did you use the machine much?
     
  3. inlandisland

    inlandisland Senior member

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    Thanks. It's not my second pair ever - I've made a few - just my second try with this fabric. I use a machine for all the main seams, smaller parts and more difficult to access seams I do by hand.
     
  4. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    I can tell the fabric is rather hard to handle isn't it? But I must say pretty nice work.
     
  5. inlandisland

    inlandisland Senior member

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    Thanks again - The fabric was not bad to work with, it just required the right prep. Since it is a fairly open weave, breathable fabric, I used pinking shears to prevent ravelling and some fusing on the areas that needed extra strength.
     
  6. inlandisland

    inlandisland Senior member

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    Here are a few pictures to provide some context on the fit:

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  7. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    They look a bit tight in the rear and hips, but obviously that is a great work for someone who isn't even a tailor.
     

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