Made by me / My makes

Me-made brown corduroy trousers

After broken-in jeans I think cords are my favorite pair of pants. And I’m not alone in my adoration of corduroy (or manchester as it’s called in Sweden) – check this club out.

This is the second pair of cords I’ve sewn this year based on the jeans block that I drafted last winter. The corduroy is from the now defunct Timmel’s fabric and was part of my prize for the SWAP. It’s dressier and stiffer than most cords, so I was a bit worried it wouldn’t be slouchy enough for casual pants, but I think it works.

Corduroy pants

Waistband is lined with cotton shirting. This was trickiest part since the lining kept slipping during topstitching. I ended up using iron-on adhesive tape between the waistband lining and pants, which worked really well.

Corduroy pants

Corduroy pocket detail

For the pockets I used the same cotton shirting.

For making jeans I recommend reading Wendy Mullen’s book Sew U. Her step-by-step guide is extremely helpful The assembly order is completely different from the “normal” home sewing way and the end result is pretty similar to RTW jeans. Another tip is to always cut the waistband across the grain per Kathleen Fasanella’s recommendations. No more shrinking waistbands for me. This was a real eye opener, so many times I thought “hmm, my waistline must be expanding rapidly” after putting the jeans on after washing. When it was the waistband all along!


  • cidell
    January 2, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    There are no words for how much I LUV that contrast!

  • luckylibbet
    January 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    The shirting fabric looks as good as I suspected it would! Very rich and expensive looking. Also WARM which I bet is a big criteria this time of year!

  • Johanna
    January 9, 2009 at 9:32 am

    >>Cidell: Thank you, I love it too 🙂
    >>Luckylibbet: Yes they are warm and came very handy when the temperature dived to 5 degrees F a couple of days ago. Brrr…

  • Mitt briljanta jag
    January 13, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Great pants! I want them!!! Gimme!!!

  • Johanna
    January 14, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    >>MBJ: Thank you so very much, but they are mine! 🙂


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