As I said in the end of my last post I have a new sewing project to share! A pair of Regency gentleman’s fall-front trousers.
As I also said in my last post my boyfriend has just moved over here to Sweden and these trousers were for him. I haven’t really introduced him to you all before but I think it is time I do so, you will be seeing and hearing alot about him in the future on this blog. His name is Andrew and he is from New Zealand, hence the reason we haven’t met for a year before he came now. I am going to share the story of how we met at some point, it is very much connected to this blog and Jane Austen, but not right now. He is however a big fan of the Regency era, and I mean a very big fan of it! Does reenacting and collects uniforms and swords and everything else Napoleonic military related.
So anyway he has moved over here and wasn’t able to bring much of his collection of stuff with him so for his birthday one of the things I got him was a pattern for some Regency fall-front trousers, something which he had long been talking about needing. I got the pattern (pictured right) of Nehelenia Pattern’s website.
Regency trousers were often very tight-fitting so we wanted to find a fabric with some stretch to it, to make them as tight as we could. We found this fabric that was a synthetic material but had the right color we were after, so we decided to get it for making a test pair.
I have never attempted something like this before. Trousers is NOT something I have much experience of making, I have made a grand total of two pairs in my life, and that was with the assistance of my sewing teacher. So I had some apprehensive feelings beforehand.
I had some very frustrating moments making these trousers I will admit, I wasn’t completely happy with the way the pattern was made and the instructions. I found it very confusing at times. But after some ripping of seams and changing of pieces I got a shape that we were happy with.
They may look a little wrinkly lying on the floor like this, but those wrinkles do go away when they are put on
Regency trousers didn’t have a zipper or fly, they had a fall-front like this. We used some pewter buttons and some of the leftover buttons from my pelisse that worked very well for this
This is what it looks like with the flap down
In order to help achive the really tight stretched look a tie or band of some sort goes under the foot. I just used some elastic ribbon and that worked perfectly.
There are a few things I would change for next pair, especially with trying to make the fit better (some of the pieces were quite baggy and I needed to take a lot of it in) but overall I’m actually quite pleased with them. And what is more important, Andrew is happy with them! For being a first try I think they turned out alright. And the fabric, even though it is synthetic, was surprisingly good in the end! Good enough that they could actully be used, not just be a test.
After I had finished them we wanted to do a little photo shoot and since it was a lovely sunny Sunday we decided to both dress up and go across the lake (10 minute drive) and take some pictures by one of the big houses on that side, Julita gård. It was sunny and beautiful but nowhere near as warm as we had persuaded ourselves it was, so with the wind chilling us to the bones we ran around snapping some pictures before hurrying back to the car shivering with cold.
It was worth it though because I thought we got some really nice pictures.
Isn’t he handsome?!
I’m really quite happy with the fit of them! Note the nice sword as well…
Taking a stroll through the gardens
Waiting for a ship to come in? I love this picture! My house is just across the lake from here
Took some pictures of me too even though I wasn’t really wearing anything new
Hide and seek in the garden?
I have more sewing projects coming up soon, and tomorrow we are off to the fabric store to see if we can get hold of some more material we need. He needs more trousers, capes, jackets… Oh and I might need a thing or two as well!