New sewing project; Regency fall-front trousers

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! 😉

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9 Responses to New sewing project; Regency fall-front trousers

  1. Quinn says:

    Sounds exciting, I can’t wait to see what sort of projects you are able to create with new fabric. It will be fun to hear how you met, since you lived so far apart until recently. Looking forward to future adventures!


  2. Thilda says:

    The trousers are absolutely gorgeous, Aurora. 😀 (Men´s cloth are a challenge in any way, so far away from womens cloth. I learned this last year while working on a “simple men´s waist”.)
    I really love the wonderful place where you made the photos. You both look so beautiful.
    Looking forward to see more.
    Best Thilda

  3. Oh, how exciting! I did not know you had a boyfriend. I look forward to seeing more pictures of you two together in costume! Congratulations! 🙂

  4. Dorte Kreiberg says:

    Wow, it is a marvelous work you have done, mens clothes are quite different to womens, but you did a great work, I wish I was nearer so I could help you, one of my classes in my seemstress education was mens clothes. But you go on, you do a fine job, and nice to be introduced to your boyfriend. In our family we know a lot about long distance relationsship, Jolina got married last saturday to a guy from Trondheim, Norway and since she still has 3 months left of her education he is back in Norway and she is here writing her Bachelor.
    Keep up the good work Aurora and let us hear more, congratulations also from Dorte in Denmark

  5. Priscilla .W says:

    Thank you for introducing us to Andrew! What a wonderful addition. It is a pleasure to “meet” him and I look forward to hearing how you two met. Now that will be quite an interesting story.

    What an epic year you have had and by the time you read this comment it will nearly be Christmas. So, I will wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that you will see this before the holiday has passed. Great work of the new project…and as always these are stunning photos.

    Priscilla .W

  6. QNPoohBear says:

    Wow! Andrew looks like a much kinder Mr. Wickham! You both look like you stepped out of the pages of P&P!

  7. Janey says:

    I agree with QNPoohBear, you both look wonderfull. A little bit of P&P in this world 😉

  8. LadyD says:

    I just can’t figure out how the front flap is attached but there’s no seamline. they look awfully complicated.

  9. Aurora says:

    LadyD, the flap is cut out with the rest of the trouser. So it’s all in one piece. The trouser legs are cut out with the flap as a part of it. And then you just make a slit down for the flap. It was a little confusing to me at first because I’ve never made anything with quite that construction. But once I actually understood what they meant it wasn’t particularly hard.

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