Deco print trousers + Minerva fabrics review

Yippee, I made trousers! OK, they were basically the easiest trousers ever, but I’m still super pleased with them.

Deco trousers

The pattern is Burda 07/2011. They came together so quickly: from cutting the simple shapes to overlocking the long straight seams, pretty easy stuff. The fit was amazingly bang-on out of the box too: I just made them a bit smarter by slimming the legs a bit and using jersey rib for the waistband instead of the slouch-down knit band in the pattern. After toying with the idea of adding rib cuffs to the hems, I went for an ankle/cigarette length instead.

Deco trousers

Deco trousers

The slouchy silhouette called for a fabulous fabric to bring them out of pyjama territory, so I went for a printed poplin which was kindly sent to me by Minerva Crafts for review. I hadn’t sewn with poplin before; I had it in my head that it was a thicker canvas-type fabric (might’ve had it confused with pique?) when it’s actually more like a lawn type weight. When I saw Kathryn’s lovely flippy skirt that also utilises a Minerva poplin I thought it looked ideal for breezy pants.

Deco trousers

I’m already a big Minerva customer – I’ve bought chambray, jersey, viscose and remnants from them before. This poplin is at the pricier, but still very reasonable, end of their range at £8.99/m. The diamond print looks super 20s Art Deco to me and the colours are bang within my palette. It comes in a reversed-out colourway too. It feels light and silky, sewed up very easily and I think it was a great match for this pattern. It even pressed well so my hems are all nice and crisp, and I don’t think it will wrinkle or sag with wear. I’ll definitely be investing in more of their poplins for future projects.

Deco trousers

I definitely want another pair of these in a different fabric: perhaps in a slighter heavier brown or rust-red twill for the autumn, even a light denim like this pair might work. Yay for trousers! Might even try some with a fly front next, gulp.

6 thoughts on “Deco print trousers + Minerva fabrics review

    1. Katie Post author

      Thank you! I didn’t think of brocade but you’re right – definitely more comfortable though. Now I’m imagining how cool a shiny brocade pair of pants would look…

  1. emily marie

    These are awesome, I want them in my closet! Anything with an elastic waist that looks this classy is good in my book! Good call not putting the bands at the ankles, probably more elongating without.

    1. Katie Post author

      Thanks! I think they definitely pass the not-pyjamas test right? Yes I think it was a good call not putting on the cuffs in retrospect, keeps them sleeker.

    1. Katie Post author

      Thank you! They are super comfy & I’m pleased they look vaguely smart, too. The rib is from Tissu’s site – I think I’ve seen similar stuff in our favourite Ultimate Craft too. It did stretch out a bit during the day though, so I think I need to tighten it up or thread some elastic in to keep them snug.

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