ROCKS AND ANCHORS
I’ve been looking forward to sharing these pics with you since we got back from holiday. We took them on our last night in Sardinia at the beach of our hotel where we pretty much spent most of our time. Compared to the previous post (we took the pics on the second day of our trip) I got quite a tan in just a week! I hadn’t been to South Europe in a couple of years and after living in England I forgot how easily I tan.
I love these trousers! You know I’m a big fan of Sew Over It’s wardrobe staple patterns such as the Ultimate Pencil Skirt or the Ultimate Trousers. As much as I love the trousers and their fit, I always had issues with how low they sat. Without a waistband (the orignal pattern has a facing) they get stretched out quite easily and sit very low which isn’t very practical at work, as I sometimes play with kids on the floor and don’t want my backside to hang out.
I had plans to raise the waist and add a waistband after seeing Lisa’s numerous, beautiful versions of high-waisted Ultimate Trousers. I found the perfect fabric, a stretch-denim with an anchor print just before the holiday in a fabric shop near Munich. I made up a muslin ad raised the waist by 10cm which turned out alright, but I lowered the waistline a few centimetres again as it was a tad too high. I love the look with this pair, but I might lower it just a tiny bit more for the next pair, which I plan to make from a very busy print.
I really dig the raised waist hack of this pattern, it’s just so different from most RTW styles out there. The only downside is that it’s not the most figure flattering style – I’m certainly not a size zero but also not very big, but still you can see every lump and bump, especially with the tshirt tugged in. So after a week of feasting on Italian food pretty much non-stop, it wasn’t the most comfortable outfit to wear! But I loved it anyway – and who cares about a pizza-and-pasta-bump. It was absolutely worth it.
Oh, and I have to mention the hat – just because it’s fabulous! Especially since it’ll make another appearance in the next post as well. I’m so in love with this hat I can’t tell you. I always wanted one just like it, but never cared to buy one, because you don’t simply strut around with a hat like that unless you’re Audrey Hepburn. Right before our trip I went shopping for sunglasses and came across this hat at C&A (large German department store) and thinking of lying at the beach, sipping cocktails and nibbling olives I had a massive urge to just grab it, pay whatever they asked for (which luckily wasn’t much) and run with it. Which I did. I wore it every day on holiday, which makes up for the next few months where it will sit on my closet un-used, because – let’s be realistic – I won’t be wearing it unless I’m sitting on a beach in Italy somewhere. So that’s my excuse for that many cheesy sunhat pictures.
So what’s your favourite wardrobe staple pattern that you love to hack over and over again?
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8 thoughts on “High-waisted Ultimate Trousers”
Great fabric for the trousers, perfect for a holiday (and the hat ;o)
Thanks, Colette! 🙂
How did your invisible zipper hold up? I’ve made a toile of these, and love the shape… but am so nervous about how an invisible zipper is going to hold up in fitted trousers!
The zip is absolutely no problem. I didn’t have any issues with it. The fabric is stretchy and the trousers not too tight. So far, it’s holding up pretty well. I have used invisible zip for much more fitted garments and had no issues so far.
The Sewaholic Alma blouse! It’s also a super basic, almost a bodice sloper really, and I’ve made a ton of different versions!
I haven’t tried that one yet, but have seen it quite a few times!
You look very stylish, the hat is very glamorous. Your trousers are fab, love the anchors and wish I was brave enough to attempt trousers.
Aww, thanks, Lynsey! It’s really not hard at all. Just grab some cheap fabric and try it, you’ll see how easy it is.