I was wowed by Maryam’s handmade shorts suit when I saw it on Instagram. She hacked the Hollywood Trousers pattern to come up with this sophisticated look, then sewed a full-length pair of trousers in classic camel. Here she is to talk about her makes.
Name: Maryam A
Country: United Kingdom/Saudi Arabia
Where can we find you on the internet? Instagram
Pattern used: Hollywood Trousers
Fabric used: Cotton suiting and wool-viscose blend suiting
Did the fabric work well? Yes! They draped differently, but both suited the pattern perfectly!
How did the sewing go?
I found the pattern for the Hollywood Trousers when on the hunt for classic, high-waisted trousers that I could hack into a pair of tailored shorts. After seeing this style of shorts all over the runways last year, I had an idea to make a suit inspired by the styles.
For my first pair, I sourced a medium weight cotton suiting with a very small black and white check. The check is so small, that the fabric appears gray from a distance.
The Hollywood Trousers are straightforward to make, thanks to the clear instructions in the pattern booklet. These were the first pair of trousers I had made in years, and I appreciated how the instructions really supported the process of creating them.
After making a muslin, I marked where I wanted to shorten them, which was just at the knee. I chose not to line the shorts, although this is an option for the trousers.
I really appreciate how the pocket back extends across the interior of the front trouser pattern piece. I find this drafting detail gives a little bit of appreciated support around the stomach area.
The pockets are cleverly hidden in the side seams. On my first pair, I did find the way I had sewn them up caused a little bit of gaping, so that the pockets are visible when I’m standing. This was not an issue on my second pair. I expect this could be due to me inaccurately aligning or cutting the notches when assembling the pockets.
Otherwise, these were a really fun and satisfying sew!
The next pair I made was in a camel-colored wool-viscose suiting with a really lovely drape. The way this pattern is cut means this heavier weight fabric hangs really nicely on the body.
A special detail I added to these trousers was a vintage enamel button that I purchased as part of a job lot of sewing supplies at an antique fair. I am really loving camel with turquoise at the moment and have since made a jacket in teal linen that uses a matching button! The result is a smart pair of trousers that I have worn for interviews and felt really confident in!
What was the best part?
The shape of the trousers is my favorite part of the pattern: The leg width finds a happy medium between wide-leg and straight-cut style. The way the pattern skims the hips really captures the Old Hollywood aesthetic it goes for.