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Gertie Sews Vintage Casual Cigarette Pants

August 3, 2017

Readers – I have made my first pair of fitted trousers, and I’m pretty pleased with how they have turned out!  I used the Cigarette Pants pattern from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual.  Gertie recommends using a fabric with a bit of stretch, but says the trousers can be made in a non-stretch fabric if a little bit of extra ease is added.  I had some twill weave wool blend already in my stash which was not stretchy, so I decided to use it and see how the trousers would turn out.

Basically these trousers were a completely free make – the book of patterns was a gift, the fabric was leftover from a commission, I had interfacing in my stash already, and the zip was taken out of something else (it was too long, but I shortened it).  The only thing it cost me was time – and that was only two nights after the kids had gone to bed, including tracing the pattern.

Overall, the fit is pretty good, although next time I definitely would use fabric with a bit of stretch, just to make them more comfortable for things like, you know, sitting down, or bending your legs!  (I can do those things, but they dig in a bit).

I really like the tartan pair pictured in the book, so if I can lay my hands on something similar, I think I’d like to make a pair for winter.

The pattern design does not include a waistband, just a facing on the inside.  They fasten with a concealed zip at the centre back, which I managed to sew in perfectly!

Maybe one of these days I’ll get round to sewing myself a pair of jeans!

They definitely seem to meet with George’s approval…

  1. August 3, 2017 4:09 pm

    These look great! I actually have this book as well. I’ve made a couple of the patterns but haven’t tried the trousers. I’ll have to give these a whirl!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 3, 2017 4:23 pm

      It’s a really good book! Loads of options to customise too.

  2. Kristie permalink
    August 3, 2017 4:17 pm

    Well done! Your trousers are stylish and have chic fit! I am seriously envious. I’m working on my 4th muslin of Ultimate Trousers. If you have any tips for fitting, please share 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 3, 2017 4:24 pm

      Oh gosh! That sounds like a pain! Hope get there eventually!

  3. August 3, 2017 5:10 pm

    These are such a good fit!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 3, 2017 5:27 pm

      They’re not too bad for a first attempt!

  4. August 4, 2017 7:19 pm

    Wowsers! These look great, good luck with the next pair.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 4, 2017 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much! 😊

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