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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Fall-Front Trousers

Preparing for last years Jane Austen Festival in Bath was a very stressful time, because I was trying to make a costume for Robert, as well as a new spencer for myself (my ivory satin spencer split across the back!)

A tailcoat pattern had been purchased, so I began work on it in calico only to find that nothing matched up right, or the instructions were sadly lacking, so I collected together all the images of extant garments I could find to guide me...and bought more calico.

The Festival drew ever nearer, and I still had not started on trousers, so I set to using patterns from Norah Waugh's The Cut of Men's Clothes, as quickly as I could.  The fall-front was worked out, but I was having problems with the back and fit.  As it was still unfinished on the day, we had to cheat...big time!....but we got there and had a great day...


Back home, I unpacked the costumes and vowed to find a suitable pattern.  The pattern I purchased from Nehelinia Patterns was Kannik's Korner Man's Trousers...

I will blog about my progress with this pattern later, but I can tell you now that I am impressed by the in-depth instructions, explainations and options that come with it. 


  1. All I can say is that the folk that were making trousers when the days of denim jeans and mass production must have breathed a sigh of relief!

  2. The photo of Robert was taken before we did an emergency re-pin, so his trousers had started to sag a bit.

  3. He still looks good Sandi, good luck with the pattern, its great to know you can still buy things like this :)

  4. Thanks Val...yes, there are patterns galore for all kinds of historical costuming, and I am constantly surprised at the diversity and quality on offer.

    I bought the Kannik's Korner pattern from Nehelenia Patterns which is in Germany (would it have been cheaper to buy it from America, I wonder?)

    The next blog about making these trousers will be written when I have made a bit more progress...and Blogger lets me sign in properly!!