Essential sewing keeping me clothed and sane


Black and White Stuff

If you have this pattern I’m guessing you bought it for the shirt.




I haven’t made the shirt but I’ve got my money’s worth from the trousers! The pants are classic straight, slightly tapered leg with a side invisible zip, no waistband or pockets.

First I made red ones….. rejects from SWAP, but a colourful addition to my wardrobe nevertheless.


Front fly zip and added front welt pockets. Shortened to ankle length made in red/coral denim.


Then black wool challis – lovely fabric, absolutely lovely. Fine as silk, soft as cotton, drape like crepe and perfectly wearable in temperatures of 20 Celsius.


This pair are nearly as per the pattern: apart from welted, angled front pockets and shortened to ankle length. Lined with black china silk. Worn with  McCalls M6078 in abstract patterned jersey.


Then white dressy ones…..


DSCN4117DSCN4119This time I inserted a front fly and pockets in the side seams (which gape). Lined with white china silk – you really have to line white trousers! I kept the length for this pair. Worn with Centre for Pattern Design’s MV Bias Top in tiny polka dot poly satin. Are white trousers naff?


Then black and white ones.


DSCN4102DSCN4105Abstract patterned cotton, straight front welt pockets and my first exposed zip – except this one is at the back and isn’t very flattering. Shortened to above ankle for summer time lounging and relaxing. Worn with RTW white woven cotton T.

Money shots?












Acknowledgments: Black and white is inspired by Margy of Fool for Fabric. 

For fun my students sometimes ask me really hard questions like, “What’s better – Superman or Spiderman? Hippo or elephant? Salt n vinegar or Cheese n onion?” You know, sort of funny, yet philosophically challenging questions because I have to justify my answer. So…..

What’s better – colour or black and white?