trousers: wear, alter or avoid

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I’ve said before that I believe style comes from within, it’s a confidence that is born out of knowing you look good and feeling comfortable, wearing clothes that fit well and flatter your shape. Style is not being able to copy someone else’s look or pick the latest trends off the shelves. To know you look good in something, you need to take some time to understand your shape in some detail, what styles suit and those to avoid.

I’m starting with trousers. I’ve realised this is a complex exercise best done a garment type at a time. I have more tops than bottoms and trousers are what I wear the most. I’m going to do some sewing in between looking at each garment type, since we’ve launched the #1134SewingClub and I’m all excited to do some sewing.

Remember, it’s all about those proportions …. we’re playing with what we have to create the illusion of that fashion shape. The issue with trousers for me is my tummy and short legs in relation to my upper body. However, I do have a defined waist from the front and I do have hips and a bust. Looking at my legs, my thighs are fairly toned and my calves and ankles are in the right proportion.

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I’ve started altering those jeans so that they fit better at the waist and drop right to the floor. I’ve had to recall my pattern cutting from college, I’ve even use my pattern wheel! I’m posting progress on social media and I’ll blog when I’ve finished them.

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