It's now full-fledge summer time here in Missouri, and it has coincided perfectly, for once, with my sewing plans. When Brigid of the Boyer Sisters put out her "Linden Lady" palazzo pants pattern, I bought it immediately, thinking they would make fantastic summer pants. At the time, it was a single sized pattern. Earlier this year she multi-sized it, and I received a complimentary updated version to review. I, of course, was very glad to do so, and now I have some fantastic summer trousers that coordinate perfectly with my giant summer hat! (I have a summary of all of this below if you want the TLDR version.)
When I saw the pattern, I couldn't help but think of 1930s palazzo pant styles with giant sun hats and loose tank tops perfect for the beach. Living in a land-locked state in the middle of the U.S., I obviously decided that that is exactly what I need... beach pajamas! While they don't get used at actual beaches.... we have a lot of lakes and rivers around here that they still work quite well for.
The pants pattern comes with three waistband versions in different button and zipper combos to suit your preference. I picked the view with just a zipper going all the way up the extra-high waistband. I didn't make any changes to the pattern except to shorten it 3-4" for my petite self, an adjustment I usually have to do with trousers.
These were great to put together because there are only three pattern pieces, and I got them done in about a day. No darts, lots of straight seams... It's fantastic! This pattern would be especially awesome if you're a beginner sewist or newer to apparel sewing. The instructions are really thorough and have very clear illustrations for each step. It would be a lot more helpful to beginners than any patterns from the Big 5 or even most indie designers, and I highly recommend it.
I made mine up in a chevron print quilting cotton. Sure, they wrinkle a bit when worn, but nothing beats breezy cotton on a hot day. It breathes, it's comfy, and it will drape even more beautifully as it is washed and softens up. And I managed to get the print mirrored at every seam!!! I'm actually pretty proud of that, I won't lie.
The trousers are fantastic, but they really needed a top to coordinate. I wanted it to be a really quick, easy top to merit the times I'll wear it outside. I wanted it to be simple and not a lot of work so if I sweat or play outside in it... I won't feel like I need to coddle it or be careful. Basically... I needed the 1930s version of a cutoff t-shirt.
I got a t-shirt that my husband has had that is too big for him, and I cut it up into a rectangle for the back and a shape for the front that looked like a triangle on top of a rectangle. I folded the top point down and sewed it to make a tube, then I threaded a ribbon made of the trouser fabric through it, and... bam! Matching top! Done and done.
I highly recommend this Linden Lady Palazzo Pants pattern to you guys. It's quite affordable, and it's great to support a budding female entrepreneur from our own vintage community. I am definitely going to be making this pattern up again!
Here is a summary of the pattern details and things I changed:
Fabric: Buttercream quilting cotton
Pattern: Brijee "Linden Lady Palazzo Pants"
Year: 1930s style
Notions: waist zipper, interfacing for waistband
How historically accurate is it? Cotton and metal zipper are accurate, the fusible interfacing no one can see is not... but no one can see it, so I'm going to say it's pretty 1930s.
Any tricky parts to the pattern? Just be sure to mark front and back pattern pieces. The leg pieces are huge, so it's a good thing to keep it all organized. Also, the waistband is wider at the top than the bottom, so be sure not to flip it!
Did you change anything? I shortened it by 3-4".
Time to complete: one day
First worn: 18 June 2016
Total cost: The pattern originally cost me $8 for the single size, and the multi-size was given to me by Brigid for review. The fabric was about $20 for 4 yards. The zipper is from my stash.
Notes: I've gone into great detail above! I love this pattern and highly recommend it!